There is no diet that can match simple healthy eating and for those of you who think you have no time for eating healthily, better find time for illnesses instead.
As Ann Wigmore says: “The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison”.
Healthy eating also involves a lot of brain food; the food that your brain needs to stay active and function at it’s best. Your brain requires good and active nutrients just like your heart, lungs and muscles do.
Here are top 5 brain power boosting foods that will make your brain sharper, healthier and fresher.
Research shows that a large amount of the population avoids the necessary quantity of water intake and an even larger number of people do not drink water at all. Instead, they quench their thirst with other substitutes.
However, water ranks number one in all food items or nutrition. If you remain dehydrated there are chances of you getting headaches and feeling dizzy. This in turn causes a blockage to good thinking which can lead to stress.
Remember to drink at least 8 cups of water daily. This will activate your neurons and keep your mind fresh and calm.
It is the famous wrinkly dry fruit, which ironically resembles the human brain; the walnut. It is rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
“Researchers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center have studied the lifestyle habits of 6,000 people who were unaffected by the memory-robbing condition and found that those who ate the most vitamin E-rich foods had a reduced Alzheimer’s risk. Vitamin E may trap free radicals that can damage brain cells”, explains the Alzheimer’s Research Center.
The brain loves omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to play an important role in cognitive function. According to the New York Times, the journal of Neurology states that “low levels of these unsaturated fats in the blood are linked with smaller brain volume and worse performance on certain tests of mental function”. Omega-3s are found in salmon and other cold-water fish. It has also proven to enhance the brain’s productivity in adults.
2: WHOLE GRAINS
The ability to concentrate and focus from the adequate, steady supply of energy in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain can be attained by whole grains. One should choose whole grains particularly with a low-GI, which releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream. This will keep you mentally alert throughout the day e.g. ‘brown’ cereals, wheat bran and brown pasta.
While many of us hate to eat broccoli, it may have one of the best effects on our brain and increase brain function. Broccoli is said to have a good amount of vitamin K in it. Vitamin K is a great way of enhancing the cognitive function of your brain and improve brain power.
Remember, healthy eating is healthy living and a healthy mind is a healthy body.