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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain: Nutritional Tips to Speed Recovery

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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain: Nutritional Tips to Speed Recovery

A healthy diet during the recovery from a brain injury is highly beneficial. Scientists know that deficiencies in certain nutrients and chemicals can cause disruptions in brain functioning and the ability to think clearly. The brain uses calories to function. When someone sustains a brain injury, it is necessary to eat enough nutritional calories to help the brain function efficiently.

Nutritional Tips for Head Injuries

Eat small meals every three to four hours.

Keep small baggies of healthy snacks with you during the day to boost your energy, such as nuts, trail mix, apples, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and energy bars. Ask a member of your family or support group to make these for you and put them in a small cooler to take with you when away from home.

Balance small meals with a combination of protein, healthy fats and oils, and carbohydrates. Proteins include fish, lean meats, nuts, and eggs. Healthy fats and oils can be found in avocados, seeds, and nuts. Carbohydrates are found in vegetables, fresh fruits, and grains. Avoid eating carbohydrates by themselves if you have blood sugar concerns. Many individuals report that sugar and chocolate increase headaches, so eat sweets sparingly.

Eat moderately. Do not overeat as it can cause you to feel sleepy.

Eat by the clock. If your brain/body signals are not working well, set a timer, watch alarm or a mobile phone to alert you that it’s time to eat.

Since weight gain is common following brain injury, this is another reason to stick to a healthy diet.

Try to eat around the same time every day. The body does best when it is on a routine schedule.

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  • I came across this article just after leaving hospital so I have no 'before & after' examples but I do know if I let the diet slip. Odd that it doesn't mention hydration level; I've found this to have a massive effect of fatigue and energy; If I start to flag in the afternoon, midday, early morning (anytime really it unpredictable) then I've found solace in a fast energy fix like sugar and caffeine - I know these are best avoided but sometimes I'll resort to anything to feel 'normal' - so then I feel bad and munch on some nuts and drink a fruit juice for the sugar :(

  • I'VE ALSO HEARD THAT BLUEBERRIES & AVOCADOS ARE REALLY GOOD BRAIN FOOD. SADLY I DON'T LIKE EITHER OF THEM SO ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS ARE MOST WELCOME, ESPEICIALLY CHEESE!

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