If you are under the impression that your mind is sluggish, that you have trouble understanding things and react slowly, you may be absorbing too many simple sugars. Be careful! Excess sugar can cause a Vitamin B1 deficiency (B1 is essential for the metabolism of sugar).

You also need more Vitamin B1 if:

– you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol regularly;

– you are pregnant, breast-feeding or take birth control pills;

– you take antacids after meals (they destroy Vitamin B1).

In all cases you should increase your intake of wheat germ, whole grains and yeast. Other sources of Vitamin B1 (in smaller amounts) include:

– walnuts

– pork

– milk and dairy products

– egg yolks

– green vegetables (very small amounts)

A lack of alpha-linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated fatty acid) can weaken brain cells. Sources of alpha-linoleic acid include oil made from nuts and soybean, and colza oil. To maximize your intellectual potential, use these oils for cooking and seasoning as often as you can.

Getting enough fresh oxygen to your brain is also essential. Physical exercise, breathing exercises, and a light diet free of alcohol, caffeine and other toxins will be of great help. Tobacco should definitely also be avoided.

Recommended foods

– whole grains

– wheat germ

– sprouted seeds

– milk and dairy products

– fish

– yeast

– nuts

– egg yolks

– pork

– nut, soybean and colza oil