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10 Superfoods That Increase Memory And Improve Mood

10 Superfoods That Increase Memory And Improve Mood

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. It turns out that this phrase is more true than most people think!

What you consume has a big effect on how your brain functions. As a matter of fact, a person’s memory, concentration, and even mood are affected by the various types of food they eat. Consider the fact that certain elements of a meal go directly into the synthesis of neurotransmitters that enable the brain to operate at peak performance. If deficiencies of these components exist, then the brain will suffer. Sluggishness and even a depressed mood can result. Below are some superfoods and recipes that have the right combination of nutrients to give your body much-needed brain food.

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    1. Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

    Blueberries are no stranger to “superfood” lists, but this recipe has extra ingredients to provide more bang for your buck. Research has shown that blueberries provide a cognitive boost in reasoning skills, decision making, and verbal comprehension. The whole wheat provides your body with carbohydrates, which is the preferred energy source for your brain, as well as a low glycemic index.

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    tuna

      2. Tuna Burgers

      This mood-improving recipe calls for a spin on the classic burger ingredients. Tuna is one of the best sources of Vitamin B3 (also known as niacin) and Vitamin B6 (or pyridoxine). If there is a deficiency of these nutrients, depression can result. Pyridoxine even helps in the synthesis of serotonin and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmitters targeted by antidepressant medications. Get the recipe here.

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        3. Pumpkin Seeds

        There is one important reason why you should be eating pumpkin seeds right now: zinc. For starters, pumpkin seeds are packed with this stuff. Studies have shown that individuals with ADHD have lower levels of zinc. That may simply be a correlation, but zinc can also detoxify your brain from heavy metals!

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          4. Spiked Caribbean Salsa

          Who wouldn’t want a superfood that includes rum? The ingredients call for mangos, bell peppers, onions, cilantro, lime juice, orange juice, coconut, and papaya. That last one is what gives this recipe its brain-boosting qualities. Papaya is packed with folic acid which some researchers say is a great adjunct for managing depression. Not only that, but the whole dish is loaded with tons of Vitamin C; so it can help maintain immunity and promote neurotransmitter creation.

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          sunflowers

            5. Yogurt and Sunflower Seeds

            Having healthy amounts of iron in your body is important because low levels have been associated with ADD symptoms. Magnesium and zinc are also critical. This superfood combo is loaded with all three, making it a great recipe to promote dopamine regulation. Dopamine is your body’s “happy hormone,” so why wouldn’t you want to maximize it?

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              6. Country Sausage Gravy

              Looking for a hearty recipe that has the added bonus of improving memory? Try this one: the country sausage and gravy recipe calls for the super herb sage. A placebo controlled study actually found that this ingredient improved memory recall compared to participants who did not consume sage. Get this brain-boosting recipe here.

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              lentils

                7. Lentil Soup

                If you want a slightly healthier alternative to country sausage, maybe lentil soup will do the trick. As the recipe points out, this dish can help provide the necessary ingredients for your brain to utilize serotonin. In fact, research suggests that folic acid could help manage medication-resistant forms of mood disorders.

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                  8. Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce

                  Did you know that shrimp contain an essential nutrient called selenium? If someone had low levels of this mineral, decreased cognition and depression could result. Shrimp also boast a healthy amount of astaxanthin, which may even have benefits in preventing diabetes. Check out the recipe for a quick tip for making your own cocktail sauce.

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                    9. Anything with chocolate in it

                    Don’t resist your sweet tooth! Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is a psychoactive substance that makes people feel like they are in love. Snack on chocolate next time you are looking for a quick mood-boosting rush of endorphins.

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                      10. Grilled Salmon

                      We have all heard about omega-3 and its numerous health benefits, but did you know that it has a proven effect in fighting depression? A recent study looked at its adjunctive effect at managing mood disorders. It turns out that omega-3, which is plentiful in salmon, can be beneficial for elevating mood and possibly even combating bipolar disorder.

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                      Last Updated on November 20, 2020

                      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                      Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

                      Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

                      One 2017 study found that:[1]

                      “after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

                      This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

                      Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

                        As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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                        Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

                        1. Remember Your Why

                        It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

                        Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

                        2. Go to Bed Early

                        If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

                        This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

                        3. Make a Commitment

                        I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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                        Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

                        You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

                        4. Find a Friend

                        If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

                        Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

                        Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

                        5. Treat Yourself

                        We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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                        You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

                        6. Change your Mindset

                        Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

                        When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

                        7. Plan Your Day

                        You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

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                          8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

                          Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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                          For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

                          9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

                          Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

                          10.  Set Multiple Alarms

                          Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

                          Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

                          Final Thoughts

                          About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

                          Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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