Mood and Memory: How food can boost your Brain function

Mood and Memory: How food can boost your Brain function

Saturday 18 November, 9:30am – 1pm
The University of Auckland City Campus
Presented by Vicki Martin-MacKay
$50.00 incl. GST

If you struggle with those ‘where are my keys’ moments, are tongue tied for lost words, and forget names more often than you care, then this is the course for you. These little signs that our brain function is less than sparkling are annoying indicators that all is not completely well. Your brain is the control center for thought, memory, speech, and movement, and needs to be fed, rested, and exercised daily. The good news is that an enriched diet and practical lifestyle adjustments can help to make improvements and prevent the wear and tear that happens as time goes by.

Course outline

This course will cover the following subjects:

  • A brief discussion of brain functions and effects – memory, concentration, mood, motivation, sleep. brief physiology and anatomy – nerve cells and synapses
  • Brain neurotransmitter chemicals and hormones – a brief overview including serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin
  • The energy supply for the brain – a discussion focused on blood glucose regulation and its importance for healthy brain function
  • Essential nutrients and foods required for healthy brain function
  • Proteins, fats, carbohydrates and key micronutrients – focusing on B vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids
  • Detrimental aspects of western lifestyle and diet which may impact on healthy brain function – lack of sleep, poor nutrition, stress, lack of physical and mental exercise, smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, and caffeine – a discussion of their impact on brain function and health
  • Constructing a healthy eating plan for optimal brain function
  • Critiquing and consuming popular diets and supplements – are they useful or detrimental for brain health.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course learners will be able to:

  • Briefly describe brain cell function and related neurotransmitter function
  • Identify key macro and micro-nutrients that are essential for healthy brain function
  • Understand and recognise the regulatory functions of nutrients and blood glucose balance on healthy brain function
  • Examine current eating and lifestyle habits make considered changes
  • Identify different food groups and create a balanced healthy eating plan
  • Use knowledge provided to consider whether a diet, supplement, or media information regarding brain function is appropriate or safe.

Who should attend this course?

This course is designed for those of any age or stage who wish to protect and enhance their brain function with healthy eating.

About the Presenter

Vicki is a Registered Dietitian with many years of nutritional counselling and teaching experience.  She has a private nutrition practice specialising in assisting those with challenging health conditions utilising both integrative nutrition and complementary medicine approaches. Along with her Otago University Dietitian training, Vicki has completed a naturopathic diploma and studied traditional Chinese medicine extensively in China and Japan.  She has also worked for many years in the health food industry.  Currently she is studying towards a Masters’ Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. Vicki strives to bring a balance of both clinical nutritional experience and evidence based study to her practice and teaching.