Think of some of your favorite Superheroes for a second.
If you’re anything like me you start realizing that a lot of the heroes rely on their minds. These are people like Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Hank Pym, Reed Richards, Hank McCoy and many more (including villains)!
By the way, I’m naming Ironman, The Hulk, Ant-Man, Mr. Incredible and Beast. Come on!
Was it really that hard? I mean, even Peter Parker was a super-smart dork!
Could you imagine what kind of Superheroes they would be if they didn’t have their incredible brains? My guess is pretty crappy…
Well, I’m not giving you the crappy option. We’re going to live the best lives possible and constantly be at our peak performance, which also includes our brains! But, how the heck are we going to cover this on a fitness and nutrition site? Well, it’s your lucky day! Your diet can manipulate tons of things in your life – and brain function is just another one of them.
How to Promote a High Functioning and Healthy Brain
High levels of healthy fats (I say healthy meaning no trans-fat) have repeatedly been proven to improve health and peak brain performance. That being said, not only are your morning coffee/tea variations full of healthy fats, but our diet goal is based around a higher level of fats then any other macronutrient (up to 70% of your daily calories).
Thankfully, I love starting my day with some form of SuperHuman Fuel! (And you can easily do this too..)
Krill Oil: Your brain is mostly made up of saturated fats and cholesterol which is why we use supplements like Krill Oil, because it’s full of fatty acids like DHA and EPA.
Vitamin D: Another huge supplement for brain function is Vitamin D. Sunlight (which produces vitamin D) tells your body to stop producing melatonin (the sleep hormone/supplement we’ve discussed). So without either getting sunlight in the morning or supplementing vitamin D, you’re body can continue producing melatonin which in turn will make you feel like it’s time for bed…We also discuss in the supplementation that vitamin D can protect you from free radical damage.
Magnesium: Not only can magnesium improve sleep, which we know is super important for recovery, hormone and brain function as well, but it also can reverse the affects of stress put on your brain!
Creatine: If you read my articles from last week you know that I’m currently experimenting with creatine in my morning coffee as well as other times throughout the day. Creatine is also said to promote brain function (as well as muscle gain, testosterone, and recovery!!!), so this is definitely something we will be utilizing.
We are jump starting ketosis with our coffee and intermittent fasting and we’re also staying on a low carb diet (remember, ketones are formed from a lack of carbohydrates in the body). This is awesome because instead of trying to run our brains on sugar and carbohydrates (which is a big no-no) we can allow them to function better with the ketones your body is now constantly producing.
Your brain thanks you.
There are couple extra resources you can use for ketosis, one being intermittent fasting that I already named, and another being cyclical ketosis (also referred to as carb re-feeding or reloading).
Not only did we discuss supplements for our sleep, but we also discussed how important it is for our overall health and wellness. Well guess what, it’s important for brain function as well!
You don’t want to feel like a drunk-zombie because you haven’t had enough sleep to properly recover! ESPECIALLY when you’re training as much as we are! Take Henry Cavill for example, who was forced to sleep 8-10 hours a night when training to become the Man of Steel!
While I didn’t tell you that you had to go completely gluten free anywhere in my articles – while following the guidelines I provide you’re going to be forced to stay away from gluten products for the majority of your meals. If you don’t already know the negatives effects gluten can cause, some of them include: problems with memory and learning, focus issues, and elevated levels of inflammation.
*Side note: these can all still occur regardless of if you have a gluten deficiency or not.*
I’m not telling you all this because I want you to do all this extra work in your nutrition and go above and beyond to become the next scientist.
Although, that would be pretty cool….
If you want to utilize these things to create a badass Superhero suit, be my guest – But the point is, we’re going to be using them to get in the best shape we could possibly be in anyways!
We can nerd-out on Superheroes and comics and nerd culture all we want, but what it comes down to is that we’re really focusing on our health and bodies. Brain function is just as important, if not more important! That being said, if we can promote healthy and powerful brain function in the midst of getting Superhero Jacked, why wouldn’t we!?
Here’s a toast to all the future superhero scientists that will emerge because of this post!
I call dibs on the extra super-suits…