Toxins and Your Brain: What You Need to Know

Like all living creatures, we’re products of the world we live in. We are what we eat, what we drink, what we absorb through our skin and what we inhale.

Every day, every one of us is in contact with hundreds of toxins. From plastic drinking bottles, to kitchen cleaning products, to the air we breathe; research clearly shows that this ‘toxic cocktail’ is harming our health [1]. Now scientists are discovering that these toxins might be negatively impacting our brain function too.

What does new research say?

How can we take better care of our brains?

To start, we can reduce our toxic load by doing things like choosing BPA-free plastics, avoiding chemical-based cleaning products and exercising when the air is at its cleanest.

We can also help heal our brain by giving it the nutrients it needs to fight back. Omega 3 fatty acids have many powerful health benefits for your body and brain, especially Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids.

What is DHA?

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body. It forms a structural part of the central nervous system and makes up approximately 40% your brain. No wonder it’s so important!  DHA is vital for brain development in infants and plays a significant role in memory and learning throughout our lives [6][7]. All age groups need DHA and it is absolutely essential for pregnant women.

How else does DHA help with brain health? 

1. DHA helps our brain’s “plasticity”
This refers to our brain’s ability to modify itself, supporting our ability to learn, change behaviors, process emotions, and recover from brain injury or damage [8].

2. DHA fuels the growth of new brain cells.
Yes, our brains do continue to grow as we age! DHA helps our brains grow throughout infancy, childhood, adulthood and even older age [9].

3. DHA is critical to cellular development in our eyes
It helps us maintain healthy vision, positively affecting our mental cognition in turn [10].

How much DHA do I need?

You won’t be surprised to hear that, on average, we consume far less DHA than we should. A typical adult American diet contains less than 100mg of DHA per day. Yet most health organisations agree that 250-500mg/day of combined DHA and EPA (another fatty acid) is the amount adults need to maintain overall health[11].

How can you increase your DHA intake?

You can add DHA-rich foods to your diet, by eating:

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