Protein

There are many belief systems that surround protein and how much we should eat.  Let’s consider though some very important facts.  Proteins are what help connect the brain.  When we eat proteins they break down into amino acids.  It is these amino acids that help form neurotransmitters, which help connect the brain.  It is through communication of neurotransmitters that we are able to move into states of arousal or states of relaxation.  They are what cause use to shift your mood or change your mind.  It will also reflect or behavior and emotions.  Without enough of it the body will struggle in dealing with its day-to-day stressors.  Many proteins are broken down into hormones.  They are what feed our glands and in particular the adrenal glands and the thyroid.  The same is also true with certain amino acids.  If we are not getting adequate protein we will not produce enough Tyrosine, which is necessary for a healthy functioning thyroid.  Essentially what it boils down to is that lack of protein leads to inadequate neurological functioning.

With that said it is imperative to have a good source of protein on a daily basis to feed your brain, especially if your doing neurofeedback training.  Complete proteins are found in animal foods such as fish, meat, eggs of fowl.  Incomplete proteins such as grain, nuts, seeds, and legumes will needed to be combined in order to get a whole protein.  It is best not to over cook or fry proteins buy to lightly cook them.  Four to five oz 1-2 times a day typically is adequate amount.