Does the quality of the food you eat make a difference to your
physical health, and most importantly, your brain-power.
A diet that will keep your mind and body healthy needs to consist
of foods that have specific value for the heart and cardiovascular
system, the digestive system, the brain and nervous system.
Eat fresh food wherever possible
Fresh food has the advantage of being 'complete' and containing
more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than food which has been
frozen or tinned.
Eat a diet rich in variety
A varied diet allows the body to select from a wider range of possibilities
those things it particularly needs at any moment in time. Eating the
same foods regularly, or the same foods on certain given days gives rise
to the probability of a clogging of the system, or a depletion of some
Look at yourself
On a regular basis, look at yourself naked in a mirror. Are you as
healthy and fit as you should be? If not, take necessary action!
Listen to yourself
Much of our eating behaviour is habit. We often say 'yes' to everything
we are offered: coffee, tea, biscuits, sweets. Let your body use
its natural intelligence to select what it really needs.
A Good Basic Diet
Everyone needs a diet specifically tailored to their body chemistry,
needs, and physical activities. However, there are certain food groups
that make up a good basic diet from which individual variations
can then be created.
Vegetables and Fruit
Vegetables should form the base of any healthy diet. They are
rich in nutrients, and contain ample fibre for cleansing the
digestive tract and keeping it muscularly fit and flexible.
Fruit should also be included in a balanced diet.
Nuts, Seeds and Whole Grains
These are all highly concentrated sources of 'brain food'.
Fish has been traditionally considered the brain food. 60% of the
brain is built from a specialised fat or liquid, most of which we
cannot manufacture in our own systems but have to take
in from the food chain. The primary source of these essential
fats is fish.
Meat can be highly nutritious, and should be eaten by those who desire
it two or three times a week maximum. The danger with many meats is that
they can be suffused with synthetic chemicals.
Discussion of meat will of course lead to the case for vegetarianism.
Meat is eaten for protein, as well as iron. Can a vegetarian diet
replace meat as a food source? Is man a carnivourous creature or
not? Do vegetarians live longer? Smarter? More creative?
Most of the foods mentioned in the previous section contain various
items that are good for the brain. Specifically, the brain and
its nervous system are nourished by certain amino acids
(the constituents of protein; the B complex of vitamins; the
essential fats found abundantly in fish; and the minerals potassium,
magnesium, iron and zinc). Any healthy diet should include food that
contains these essential nutrients.
The more aerobically fit the body is, the more the digestive system
is able to ingest its food, and the more efficiently and effectively
the blood can deliver the nutrients to the entire brain and body.
The Intelligent Diet
The intelligent diet will naturally contain appropriate sugars
and salts. It is therefore unnecessary and in many cases harmful
to add additional salts and sugars to food. Similarly, any refined
or processed food will tend to be more difficult to ingest, and
may contain elements that are damaging to general health.
The adage 'you are what you eat' we now know to be true. Eat with
intelligence and become more intelligent.
Notes based on Tony Buzan's Book of Genius published by
Random House 1994
Natural Health Society of Australia
I used to be a member of the Natural Health Society of
Australia and their
logo included a graphic with the eight key elements of their
- Fresh Air
- Pure Water
Think about how each of these affects your thinking, creativity
and overall quality of life.
This philosophy was tempered with the Anti-Fanaticism Rule:
It's not what you do 5% of the time that governs your health - it's what
you do 95% of the time that governs.
So, if you are following a healthy diet, one 'bad' or 'naughty'
meal a week should not be cause for concern.
Last updated: 2nd October 1996
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