Isn’t that just about the silliest question you have ever heard? If you think about it for a while though maybe it’s not so silly. Yes, we must eat or we will die. But, what lies in between? Certainly the man who weighs 500 pounds is killing himself just as surely as the young teenage girl who doesn’t want to keep her food in her stomach. Perhaps a dozen chicken wings, fries with cheese and a double decker fudge brownie with hot fudge sauce and ice cream might not be the best of choices. On the other hand it’s not really living for most of us to stick to just spinach and carrots. Nutritionists, doctors, chefs, and health gurus all seem to have a lot of advice to give. Even when you are searching for some health plans for yourself or your family the subject of food comes up because they will want to know what your height and weight are. If you weight too much you might have to purchase a high deductible health plan just so the health insurance premiums do not become more expensive than your mortgage payment!
Looking around the web at such sites as WebMD and Fox News here are some suggestions that might help you concentrate better, feel more energized, and as
Elizabeth Somer, RD, puts it “Eat Your Way to Happiness.”
According to Ms. Somer, “marginal nutritional deficiencies may make you feel under the weather. If you are struggling to get through every day you may not be getting enough iron. Eat more red meats, fish, and poultry. Meat, not a part of your diet? Try soybeans, lentils, spinach and fortified cereals.
As we age chronologically our body ages with us, according to WebMD. To increase our chances of maintaining a healthy brain add “smart” foods and beverages to your diet. Caffeine which is found in coffee, chocolate and energy drinks can energize and help you to focus and concentrate. A glass of something sweet to drink, like orange juice, can give you a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and mental ability. Please! Don’t skip breakfast! Top of the list for brain fuel are high-fiber whole grains, dairy and fruits. For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly. An ounce of dark chocolate and nuts are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E and can enhance your focus and concentration. Whole grains and fruits like avocados can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol. Blueberries may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.