The brain is the central driver of a human being’s body. Taking care of your brain health can go a long way to keeping your mind active and highly functioning, especially, as you age.
Did you know that you can directly enhance brain functions by choosing to include certain foods in your daily diet?
Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy brain. If you do not eat healthily, your brain simply will not be at its full potential.
Research shows that by eating the right types of food you can greatly enhance brain function , and so, with this in mind, here is some food for thought about your brain and how nutrition plays a crucial role in the way that your brain works.
Foods You Should be Eating Daily
While it is true that following a strict diet of the right kinds of food can increase brain strength, it is important to understand the specific food items that should be consumed daily to that end and also their individual purposes and functions.
This short list will provide you with that information, so, please read on.
Whole Grains - Whole grains, including, bread, brown rice and oatmeal, are known to reduce the risk for heart disease by promoting sufficient blood flow to the heart, which, in turn facilitates that same efficient flow to all body organs, including the brain.
Nuts And Seeds - Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of vitamin E, and getting high levels of vitamin E in your diet corresponds with less cognitive decline as you age.
Eating at least 1 oz. of filberts, almonds, cashes, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, and pure peanut butter, tahini or almond butter is recommended.
Blueberries - There have been numerous studies that found that blueberries have very positive effects on the brain.
The results of these studies are staggering. If you eat blueberries every day, you are likely to see a rise in memory and motor skills.
Various animal studies have shown that blueberries help to protect the brain from oxidative stress, which, reduces the risks of developing age-related conditions, such as, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Avocados - Avocados contain high amounts of monounsaturated fat that facilitates healthy blood flow throughout the body, which, includes the brain.
They also help to lower blood pressure, which, reduces the risk of hypertension that is known to be a contributor to a decline in cognitive abilities.
Experts recommend a daily intake of 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado for optimal nutritional benefit.
Fish - Eating any deep water fish will help brain function because they are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids.
These acids significantly improve thinking and comprehension.
Fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, and sardines, all packed with essential nutrients for a healthy mind.
Experts recommend consuming fish at least 3 times per week.
They are also low in fat and calories, and so are perfect protein choices for healthy weight management.
Dark Chocolate - Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants and multiple natural stimulants, such as, caffeine that enhance focus and concentration.
Dark chocolate also stimulates the production of endorphins that improve mood. Experts recommend only 1/2 to 1 oz. daily since it is better in moderation.
The Brain And Healthy Body Connection
There is a major correlation between brain health and body health as the two really go hand in hand.
The brain is responsible for every single thing that your body does.
When you eat the proper foods, you are keeping both your mind and body in optimal health.
If you have not been eating right for years, there is still a chance to turn it around.
If you choose healthy foods, such as, those listed above you can enhance your brain function, and also improve your overall health.
Many people suggest that as you get older it gets harder to correct, this is not entirely true.
One of the ways older people with Alzheimer’s get treatment is by exercising and eating right.
Just by doing these simple things they started to see a change in their memory and thought process.
Just remember, the sooner you start eating right, the sooner you will see results!
The good news is that healthy cooking doesn't have to be difficult or boring.
With just a few small changes you can make a big difference in the health of you and your family.
You can learn more here about the specific steps you need to know for how to learn healthy cooking.
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