Advice prepared by Ametller Origen, a partner of the BBHI in the field of nutrition.
Virginia Woolf, an English writer and leading figure of the 20th century, said that one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not had a good dinner. This statement leads us to think that there is a close relationship between food and the brain.
The brain is a very complex organ whose main function is to get messages from one place to another, and it does this thanks to a set of substances that either come directly from our diet (vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates) or are produced by us (substances that carry messages) thanks to what we eat.
Thus, a poorly planned and unbalanced diet can end up manifesting itself in feelings of tiredness, nervousness, moodiness, lack of concentration and even depression or sleep disorders.
We often read that certain foods are better than others, or that there is a food that can help us to have a better memory, etc. What the brain needs is a large number of nutrients and these can only be provided if we eat a varied diet, because, in short, there is no one food that provides everything.
If we take a look at some of these nutrients, we find that:
All vitamins and minerals are also key elements, although some are needed more than others, but all are relevant for good functioning, hence the importance of a varied diet.
Finally, it is important not to forget water, an element that allows all the reactions that take place in the brain to take place. Good hydration involves drinking between 1.5 and 2 litres of water, depending on needs, which can be replaced by herbal teas, vegetable broths, but in no case by soft drinks with a high sugar content.