Today’s area of focus is the brain.
This highly complex 3-pound organ has over 1,000,000,000,000,000 connections, more connections than there are stars in the universe. It consumes about 20-30% of the body’s energy. This means it uses about 20-30% of the calories you eat. (If you want to lose weight you have to think harder.) In natural medicine, the brain is associated with the kidneys or kidney energy.
The kidneys contain a fluid called “Jing” or “essence” which is the energy core from which our life is derived. When the jing is ample, our life is energetic, exciting and creative. As time goes on, we use amounts of jing on various activities until such time as the jing is completely exhausted. Jing is stored in the kidneys.
When the kidneys are filled, the rest is stored in the spine. When the spine is filled, the remainder is stored in the brain, then in the hair. Jing is to the brain as blood is to the heart. It is essential for all functions and memory in particular. One type of jing we are born with and cannot acquire while a second type can be created through proper nutrition, exercise, and a healthy life style.
In terms of nutrition for the brain, here are the ideal foods for the brain: