Having trouble remembering your routine? For bodybuilders, the mind-muscle connection is everything: Within the mind-muscle connection we live, breathe and create muscle. Without this connection – without the brain mentally connecting to your muscles in real time – muscle contractions can feel mechanical and disconnected, and injury can result. The mind-muscle connection is a function of brain activity and central nervous system efficiency.
A new study has revealed that memory function and overall thinking abilities are greatly affected by diet. Scientists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York examined the dietary intakes of 2,148 persons for a total of four years.
After four years of follow-up and dietary analysis, they determined that subjects consuming saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and folate in high amounts dramatically reduced their risk of memory and thinking problems.
So here’s your FUSION FACTOID: Your brain is the most important muscle in your body. Without your brain, there is no mind, and no mind-muscle connection. Poor thinking and poor memory are symptomatic of a poorly functioning brain. So, feed your brain well – eat plenty of nuts and seeds, fish, poultry, and fruits and vegetables. As a bodybuilder, you should be making these staples in your diet already. If they aren’t, get to work! Treat your brain right, and it will help you remember your routine and grow plenty of muscle for years to come.
Source: Gu Y, Nieves JW, Stern Y, Luchsinger JA, Scarmeas N. Food combination and Alzheimer disease risk: A protective diet. Arch Neurol. 2010 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print].