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11 Revitalizing Foods For Your Body And Brain

11 Revitalizing Foods For Your Body And Brain

If you’re anything like me, you crave alternative health! You love making yourself healthier by using natural approaches and you love finding new and promising research on potential solutions to everyday issues and even chronic disease. I love taking the “natural” route.

I’ve dabbled with supplements, shakes, diets, and countless fitness contraptions in an effort to be as healthy as possible. Some of it has worked, but most of it has not. Along the way, I’ve come to realize, however, that the most important and most essential performance-enhancing action you can take, is to eat the right foods.

To become the healthiest person you can possibly be, you have to eat well! After all, “You are what you eat.” as the famous sentiment goes.

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Here are 11 foods to consume to be at your very best both physically and mentally.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric, also known as Curcumin, is perhaps the most powerful herb ever discovered. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It also has chronic disease-fighting abilities and has been shown to be fairly effective in preventing and treating both cancer and dementia—particularly Alzheimer’s Disease. To eat or drink Turmeric, you can add it to rice, soup, vegetables, or anything else really. It mixes in really well.

2. Coconut Oil

One of the healthiest fats on the planet, Coconut Oil is a must-add for many people. Coconut Oil’s benefits are a laundry-list of “Wows.” From energy increases (because of its MCT/Ketogenic effect), to fat burning, to chronic brain disease treatment, to virus, fungi, and bacteria killing properties, to cholesterol improvement, Coconut Oil covers it all! Although there are many ways to cook with Coconut Oil, the easiest, and in my humble opinion, best way to have Coconut oil, is to simply use it as a spread on toast. It beats the heck out of butter!

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3. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a well-documented and well-researched herb. Its history dates back thousands of years and its benefits have been reaped for just as long. It’s one of the strongest and most helpful antioxidants and is frequently used as an anti-aging herb. Not only can it potentially make you look younger, but it can also make you feel younger as well. It’s used by many as a cognitive enhancer and a memory booster. It improves circulation throughout the body and promotes increased blood-flow to the brain, awakening and revitalizing the billions of neurons in your head! The easiest way to consume Ginkgo and reap its benefits would be to add it to your tea.

4. Blueberries

Blueberries aren’t just a delicious fruit to enjoy, they’re also an extremely healthy body and brain snack as well! They’ve been studied and found to be a very strong antioxidant and brain cell rejuvenator. Blueberries contain bioflavonoids and phytonutrients which promote anti-aging and increase memory function. If you’d like, you can eat blueberries fresh or just add them to your favorite smoothie.

5. Fish

Fish, namely fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines, are perfect for overall health! They are packed with muscle-building protein and brain-improving fat. It’s the perfect combination of brawn and brains! The fatty acids in fish, which I’m sure you’re familiar with, called omega-3 fatty acids, are great for just about every function in the human body. They help with depression, memory, heart health, inflammation, immune support, and so much more! For a great and easy meal just throw some salmon in the oven.

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6. Eggs

Packed with protein, minerals, and vitamins, eggs (the entire egg) offers a great blend of body and brain support. The high protein content, similar to fish, provides essential muscles building ingredients and equally important amino acids for brain function. Not only this, but the B-vitamins loaded in eggs are essential for memory, stress support, and neural processing. Also, the common misconception that eggs are bad for cholesterol has little evidence. In fact, the opposite appears to be true. Although eggs may contain a good amount of cholesterol, they don’t actually raise blood cholesterol in the individual consuming them, thus making them harmless in this regard. Eggs can be consumed in a myriad of ways. Whether frying them, boiling them, scrambling them, adding them to salad, or something else, they are always good!

7. Ginger

Similar in its process and its effectiveness to Turmeric, Ginger is a wonder-herb! It has many of the same powerful disease and infection-fighting abilities as Curcumin. From its anti-cancerous properties, to its antibacterial effectiveness (by some accounts better than antibiotics), to its anti-inflammatory effect, to its use in morning sickness and upset stomach, Ginger is a proven super-food. Not only can it be taken every day for gastrointestinal issues like upset stomachs, but it can also be helpful for brain function by inhibiting chronic inflammation and relieving headaches. Ginger can easily be added to any meal in need of flavoring. Simply chop it up and add it on!

8. Almonds

Almonds are like nature’s multi-vitamin. They are packed with tons of macronutrients and micronutrients. There great for brain function, energy, skin health, muscle building, anemia, impotency, diabetes, and so much more! They’re filled with high-quality protein and equally great monounsaturated fats. Almonds contain Riboflavin and Carnitine which are both great for brain function and energy support. Aside from eating them whole, try making homemade almond butter. It is delicious!

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9. Kale

Kale is another super-food on the list. It helps so many functions in the body and is incredibly beneficial to both the body and brain. Kale is made up of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and good fats. Kale helps with sex drive, energy, overall happiness, and even memory. It does so because of its incredible anti-inflammatory ability and its nutritional make-up of essential compounds. The healthy fats, the B-vitamins, the Iron, and the Vitamin C content, all make Kale a healthy force to be reckoned with! To mix it up, try Sautéed Kale.

10. Honey

Honey has been used for years as a bacterial, viral, fungal, and allergy fighter. It’s a really tasty and healthy day-to-day treat. Though its mechanisms are still not entirely known and are currently being researched for more clarity, honey is a generally safe addition to everyone’s diet (barring any sort of disease like diabetes or a sugar restriction). Honey is not only great for general use, but its effects on the brain are indisputable. It acts as a memory enhancer and also a brain protector with its anti-oxidant properties. Honey can be added to anything or eaten by itself as a stand-alone, but having it as a tasty tea is also great.

11. Apples

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. Apples have been known for years to boost your immune system, help with stomach aches, reduce cholesterol, and improve your heart health. But they may also boost your memory, mood, and brain function as well! It’s been found that consuming an apple, or better yet two, a day, can boost acetylcholine levels in the brain. Acetylcholine is a very important neurotransmitter in the brain and is essential in memory performance. Not only this, but apples have been studied and found to be effective at removing brain toxins that cause degenerative brain diseases like dementia! Apples are perhaps the best-tasting fruit of them all. But if you’re feeling bold, making your own apple juice may be a good way to mix things up!

There it is. The 11 most revitalizing foods for both your body and brain. Not only will you feel great physically after eating these treats, but you’ll feel great mentally as well! In fact, you can feel great now knowing you have 11 delicious foods to start eating that will make you healthier than ever!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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