Blood Sugar and how it affects your mind.
Researchers have found that when your body experiences a spike in blood sugar, your memory can be affected.
If your blood sugar level drops too low, you’ll have trouble paying attention, learning, and remembering information. But if your sugar level is consistently too high, the body pumps out excess insulin, which causes inflammation and oxidative stress that prematurely age your brain. So, a cup of coffee with sugar and a bagel can be just the thing to get you going in the morning: It quickly gets glucose into your brain and enhance your cognitive functioning. But over the long term, consuming a large volume of sugar — and foods that are quickly converted by your body into sugar — will prematurely age your brain.
Here are some ways to keep your sugar levels balanced, overcome sugar addiction and cravings, and keep your cognition in good working order:
Minimize your intake of sugar, and of the refined carbohydrates that your body quickly converts into sugar. When it comes to carbs, stick with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The fiber in these foods helps your body maintain consistent blood sugar levels and reduces cravings for more carbs. Avoid highly processed carbs, found in many cakes, cookies, breads, cereals, and pasta products.
Eat healthy carbs with protein, which further enables your body to maintain consistent blood sugar levels. Eating protein stimulates your liver to produce glucagon, which slows down the absorption of glucose and makes it available longer.
What Can you do to help balance your blood sugar?
Eat healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Aerobic exercise.This is the main way to increase insulin sensitivity and healthy glucose metabolism. Exercise also stimulates production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a substance that promotes the growth and connectivity of new brain cells.
With healthy lifestyle modifications, you can prevent type 2 diabetes, and stave off its precursor, insulin resistance, while also keeping your brain sharp.
Manage stress well. Prolonged, excessive stress can damage and impair functioning of the hippocampus. Slow, rhythmic breathing exercises and meditation can help to quiet the mind, relax the body, and reduce the effects of stress.