The Brain Boosting Benefits of This Breakfast Bowl
Try saying that title 5 times fast! If you follow me on Facebook (by the way, I would love it if you did) then you are well-aware that I attempted to write this post approximately 3 days ago. An article filled with glamorous nutritional content was swiftly derailed by my three little bears. Not one to be easily deterred, I have set out to write the article you are longing for in the quiet hours of your evening. Here we go.
The base of this delicious breakfast bowl is created by simply pouring kefir from the jar into a bowl. Rocket science, I tell you! The type I purchase is Maple Hill 100% grass-fed, whole fat and organic kefir.
Kefir is a beast when it comes to aiding your digestion, boosting your immunity and detoxifying your body. Our children’s little bodies need all the detoxification they can get. Slammed from left to right by pesticides and other chemicals in our food and environment; our kiddos would greatly benefit from fermented foods. According to Jennifer Powell, N.D., while kefir is made from milk; it is NOT digested in the body as milk. Fermentation allows for the alteration of the chemical compounds that comprise milk. Many people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate kefir. Now to the interesting brain stuff… science has changed. Thank goodness!
The old way of thinking: Depression is the result of a chemical imbalance you are born with and there isn’t a whole lot you can do about your innate lack of serotonin. So, if you are depressed. Sorry! The new way of thinking: Depression is the result of an imbalanced and inflamed gut. Board-certified neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter, reported that studies find 90% of the serotonin we manufacture in our bodies is produced in the gut. He specifically states, “This is what our most well-respected researchers and peer-reviewed journals are talking about: not only are the gut bacteria fundamentally involved in brain health, but you can change the gut bacteria by interventions.” Kefir is our intervention of choice for today! So, let’s move on from kefir and discuss ground flax seed. There is more good news to share!
Ground flax seeds contain the following vitamins and minerals per serving (only 3 TBSP): B1, B6, iron, potassium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, protein, fiber, magnesium and 6,338 mg of Omega-3 (ALA). These tiny little seeds contain high amounts of polyphenols and they are one of the most magnesium-rich foods in the world. Magnesium is essential in helping the body reduce symptoms of anxiety. Can you see your kids relaxing already? One more food to tackle! Blueberries!
What kid doesn’t love blueberries? Most of you already know that blueberries are put on a pretty little pedestal for their outrageous abilities to reduce neurotoxicity, degeneration, and oxidative stress. Reducing inflammation and improving memory and motor function, blueberries contain vitamins K, C, E, thiamin, manganese and fiber. A powerhouse of phytonutrients, this little berry lowers blood pressure, stabilizes blood sugar levels (known to make our lil’ rascals cranky) and raises HDL (the good cholesterol) while lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol). All that in one little blueberry! Who was it that said, “let food be thy medicine; and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates! I think he may have been on to something.