Of the three important elements, the most crucial is “how you eat.”
“At mealtime, the most important thing for giving your brain a boost is to chew your food well. As I mentioned earlier, moving the jaw sends a great deal of stimuli to the brain, giving it a boost,” says Dr. Oshima.
“People today are said to chew each mouthful a maximum of eight or nine times before swallowing. Some people chew only four or five times before gulping their food down. This is totally inadequate. Ideally, each mouthful should be chewed twenty to thirty times.
“Chewing produces saliva. If you chew your food thoroughly, you will produce about 1.5 liters of saliva each day. Saliva is not only important for boosting your brain, but plays a very important role in your health as well.
“Saliva is comprised of exocrine (secreted outside the body) and endocrine (secreted directly into the blood) components. Antibacterial and immunological properties of the exocrine components destroy viruses and harmful bacteria that enter the mouth, thus helping to keep us from catching a cold. One component in particular, lactoperoxidase, is claimed to reduce the effects of carcinogens,” explains Dr. Oshima.
Dr. Oshima further notes the importance of managing what you eat as a way to give your brain a boost. Managing your diet includes the creative aspects of choosing and cooking your own foods. Have fun cooking and eating––they go hand in hand. It will stimulate your brain’s pleasure center and excercise your brain.
To be continued
(Translated by Roy Mashima)
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