How what you eat can boost your brain
You could say this blog is quite literally ‘food for thought’. The food you eat directly affects the performance of your brain, so, by choosing the right foodstuffs to consume, you can boost your brain power, sharpen your memory and keep your mind young.
A balanced diet is probably the most sound advice when it comes down to prescribing healthy eating tips, but there are some types of food – or ‘brain food’ – which are considered especially good for brain health.
Here are a few of the best to chew over:
It’s no fishy tale, fish really is good for the brain as it contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oils. Fish is considered the ultimate brain food, so it’s one not to let slip through the net if you’re wanting to boost your brain. The best type of fish to eat are oily fish like salmon, sardines, trout, tuna, herring, mackerel and anchovies. Please make sure they are from a sustainable source. To protect our brains we must protect the oceans too.
That vegetables are good for boosting the brain should come as no surprise. Vegetables are a great source of antioxidants, which are needed to help the body functioning at optimum levels. The best brain-boosting vegetables are considered to be dark, leafy vegetables like spinach, sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. Yes I know cauliflower is white but it contains similar chemicals to broccoli and how about trying something new like a Romanesco cauliflower – it’s green or purple and looks like a Christmas tree!
Fruits too are rich in antioxidants and they taste a great deal better than many vegetables, as many kids will agree I’m sure! Some of the best options for brain-boosting fruit are blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, avocados, red grapes, cherries and kiwi fruit.
Spot the theme here about dark rich colours providing us with great nutritients? Natures not daft you know, as hunter gatherers we were drawn to food with our eyes. Something Advertising agencies are well aware of!
You didn’t think I’d manage to do a blog post without my favourite hydration topic?!! Seeing as around 80% of the brain is made up of water, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that drinking plenty will keep the brain hydrated so that it can function at optimum levels. Not surprisingly, many schools are heeding this advice and providing their pupils with water bottles to keep them topped up throughout the day so that they remain alert. For an adult if you try to drink at least 2 litres of fluid a day that should keep you on the right path. Coffee and black or green tea don’t count as they can be diuretic, so make us lose water.
Believe it or not chocolate, or its source, cocoa beans, is a great boost to brain power. Research has found that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in ‘flavanols’ which boost blood flow to key areas of the brain around 2-3 hours after consumption. So eating small amounts of dark chocolate gives the brain a powerful short-term boost, which could be good for anyone aiming to get through exams or tests.
Note the key words here are ‘short-term’ and ‘small amounts’ !
So, all that should provide you with plenty of food for thought and help you get your brain working to optimum levels. Even if you’re not the brightest spark, you shouldn’t find this advice too hard to swallow!
The adage ‘You are what you eat’ never rings truer when it comes to boosting your brainpower. Eat well, and you’ll think well! When you are pleased with yourself as you know you’ve given yourself some quality fuel this also has a positive bonus as it releases endorphins that also help the brain. Win win!
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