12 Foods That Boost Your Brain

Diet has a tremendous impact on your health. This is true for the entire body, but the effects may be greatest on the brain, especially as you age.

There are many foods that boost brain activity and health. Including these foods in your diet decreases the rate of mental decline and the risk of developing many debilitating diseases.

Include foods in your diet that boost brain function and health:

1. Blueberries.

This favorite has been shown to enhance memory and increase the rate of brain cell growth. The antioxidant properties help to prevent cell damage. It's believed that blueberries are one of the foods that can help to increase lifespan.

2. Cold-water fish.

Fish, such as salmon and herring, contain omega-3 fatty acids which have multiple benefits. They build brain membranes and reduce inflammation in the brain.

3. Chocolate.

We're not talking about the chocolate in the checkout line, but real chocolate with a significant percentage of cacao.

This is one of the strongest antioxidants you can consume. It's also been shown to increase blood flow in the brain.

You'll also enjoy decreased reaction times and improved memory.

4. Coffee.

There are health benefits to drinking coffee on a regular basis. Studies show that drinking coffee lowers the risks of getting Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

5. Olive oil.

Olive oil is considered to be one of the few healthy oils you can buy in the local supermarket. One of the benefits is due to the polyphenols in olive oil.

Olive oil can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and improve memory and learning.

6. Nuts.

Many types of nuts are filled with healthy fats that are beneficial to brain health.

7. Cranberries.

Several studies have indicated that cranberries are helpful after experiencing a stroke. Recovery occurs faster and is more complete. Cranberries can also reduce the damage caused by a stroke.

8. Eggs.

Specifically, egg yolks can be brain-healthy. The high choline content decreases the incidence of senility in seniors.

Consider adding an egg a day to your diet, with your doctor's permission.

9. Green leafy vegetables.

Vegetables like collard greens, kale, and spinach can slow the decline of cognitive functioning.

Two servings each day can reduce the age of your brain by an equivalent of 11 years!

10. Avocados.

Like olive oil, avocado contains monounsaturated fat. Avocados lower blood pressure and increase blood flow in the brain.

Due to the high calorie content of avocados, many health professionals suggest limiting intake to half an avocado per day.

11. Pomegranates or pomegranate juice.

A powerful antioxidant, pomegranate minimizes free-radical damage in the brain.

12. Green tea.

The antioxidant activity of green tea benefits the entire body and provides little caffeine. The tea must be freshly made. The beneficial catechines found in freshly made tea are absent in bottled and powdered teas.

It's challenging to enjoy life when your health is poor. Increasing the number, and the quality, of years that you enjoy is partially dependent on your diet.

It's easy to include a few of these brain-healthy foods each day. Make it a point to include at least one with each meal. Many of these foods also make excellent snacks!

Contact your physician if you have any concerns or questions.

Avoid waiting until your later years to begin worrying about your diet. Give it your full attention today.

Diet is more effective at preventing health issues than it is at curing them. Start adding these healthy foods to your diet right away.

8 Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

There’s disagreement about whether humans are designed to eat meat or not. After all, we lack the claws, teeth, speed, and physical prowess to catch any wild animals that most people would consider worth eating.

Regardless, there’s a lot of evidence to support that most of us would be healthier if we reduced, or even eliminated, meat from our diets.

Consider these benefits of limiting your meat consumption:

1. Cost.

Meat can be one of the most expensive foods. Reducing or eliminating your meat consumption can do wonders for your budget.

Notice how much you spend on meat the next time you go shopping. Extrapolate that information and calculate how much you spend during a year.

2. It’s better for the environment.

Meat consumption is hard on the environment. 41% of the land in the United States is used for grazing livestock or growing crops for animal feed.

Those fires in Brazil are to clear land for cattle. Raising animals for meat is a very inefficient way of producing food.

3. A lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Those that eat a plant-based diet are less likely to suffer from heart attacks and strokes. You could potentially be healthier and live longer by eating more plant foods and less meat.

4. Lower body weight.

Meat is a calorie-dense food. Reducing the amount of meat in your diet can lower your body weight. This is great for your appearance and your health. Obesity is associated with numerous health issues.

5. You’ll eat fewer hormones.

Most of the meat available in the store contains hormones that were fed to the animal. These allow the animal to grow faster, which makes it cheaper to raise.

Some of these hormones can be unhealthy. Your body would prefer to manage its own hormones without outside interference.

6. You’ll be less likely to suffer from type II diabetes.

Diabetes is incredibly hard on your organs and blood vessels. Eliminating high-calorie foods like meat can help to prevent developing this dangerous disease.

7. You’re likely to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure.

Meat and obesity can raise your cholesterol and blood pressure. Both are bad for your blood vessels and can lead to heart attack and stroke.

8. The meat industry can be ugly.

Animals crammed into cages. Animals treated poorly. In an effort to maximize profit, the meat industry doesn’t treat animals well in general.

When you skip the meat in a meal, you’re not supporting an industry that is unkind to animals.

There’s one scientifically supported hypothesis that eating meat isn’t a bad choice, providing you don’t have any health risk factors.

Some of these include smoking, diabetes, hypertension, existing heart disease, high cholesterol, and obesity.

The truth is that no one knows the best diet for certain.

However, most people would experience health benefits by reducing the amount of meat they consume.

Try an experiment. Cut your meat intake by half for the next two weeks and notice how you feel.

Check your weight at the beginning and at the end. Decide for yourself if you want to go back to your normal portion of meat, or if you’d rather, cut back even further and run an additional experiment.

Keep in mind that avoiding meat doesn’t mean that chips, ice cream, and other processed carbohydrates are suddenly okay to eat.

It doesn’t help if you drop one unhealthy option for another. You already know which foods are healthy and unhealthy.

Make healthy choices and cut back on your meat consumption. You’ll be helping yourself and the environment.

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Cheers, Helene Malmsio

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