So, have you realized how stress can harm your brain and taken actions to control your stress level? Please do so, it really is for the best of you!
I’m here to accompany you through this challenging journey!
Let’s look at what you SHOULD eat this time.
What you eat affects how well your brain functions
You may be clueless about what serotonin is. It is an important chemical controlling your sleep, appetite and mood. 95% of serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract, which is linked to the countless nerve cells and neurons in your body. So here, you can see that what you eat doesn’t only affect your digestive health, but also your brain power.
To put it another way, the relationship between brain and food is like that between engine and fuel. Your brain is actually like an engine that keeps running 24/7, taking care of your thoughts, movements and senses. To sustain its operation in the long term, instead of the low-premium fuels like processed and refined foods that can possibly cause inflammation and damage your cognitive functions, you need the fuel with nutrients good for your brain.
Great brain foods
Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content, but they are great for the brain. Avocados are filled with both folate and vitamin K, which help to improve cognitive function and prevent blood clots in the brain.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is known for its numerous benefits, including helping to boost brain power. This is because coconut oil can enhance the ability of neurons in the brain while slowing the production of free radicals that can damage the brain. They also contain saturated fat and antioxidants, which is an essential nutrient for brain function.
Blueberries are known as a super food, so it may come as no surprise that they can benefit your brain. Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods, containing vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber and gallic acid, which protects the brain from degeneration and stress, helping to improve memory.
5. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is good for the body and brain in small quantities. This is because it is filled with flavonols which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and improve the flow of blood to the brain.
However it is import to make sure that you buy dark chocolate; both milk and white chocolate are highly processed and they won’t benefit your brain. Look out for chocolate that is at least 70% if you want to boost brain power!
6. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce and Swiss chard are great for your brain; recent research has found that they can even help to reduce the chances of dementia.
The research looked at the eating habits and mental abilities of nearly 1,000 adults over a period of five years. The researchers found that adults who ate leafy green vegetables at least once a day experienced slower mental deterioration that the adults who ate no vegetables. This was still true even when the researchers factored in age and family history of dementia.
7. Wild salmon
Wild salmon is a great source of omega-3 oil DHA, which helps to boost brain power. DHA is an important oil that helps to maintain the health of your brain cells – it even helps to increase the growth of brain cells. This can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra virgin oil can help to boost brain power as it contains antioxidants known as polyphenols. Polyphenols can help to improve both learning and memory, and they can even reverse the effects of age and disease. Extra virgin olive oil also fights against the proteins that induce Alzheimer’s.
Turmeric can help to reduce inflammation in the brain, and recent studies have even suggested that it can be used to treat Alzheimer’s . Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in the fight against brain degeneration; researchers have found Vedic texts that date back over 3,000 reporting that turmeric can boost brain power!
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