You know those days when you wake up and just don’t feel in the flow of the day? Well, what if that turns out to be every day…for weeks…and maybe longer? You can make a big difference in how you feel just by what you eat. Since the brain is the command center of all we think and do, why not consider fueling it with the best gas in town? Give these a shot and see if you don’t start to feel better within a few days!
5 Foods Your Brain Loves
- Walnuts and Cashews: In addition to being an excellent source of protein, these nuts are high in omega 3’s. Omega 3’s serve to support memory and cognition. They are packed with Vitamin B6 as well as magnesium which works to calm the body. Women struggling with PMS symptoms have found a handful of these nuts during pre-menstruation helps balance moods. In addition, they act as anti-inflammatory agents, stimulating blood flow and lowering cholesterol. The best news of all? Studies show that these nuts can reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s so you can actually remember the people you were trying to get healthy for in the first place – you not withstanding!
- Blueberries: These little circular balls are not just pretty to look at, they look darn right gorgeous on the brain. Why? They contain flavonoids – an element that jumpstarts all areas of cognitive action from memory to the ability to learn. Like walnuts and cashews, they are an excellent preventative for Alzheimer’s. Many ingest them as a preventative to Parkinson’s disease and cancer thanks to their ability to slay free radicals in their tracks. They also work wonders to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Broccoli: Shaped like trees, they will also help your brain sprout leaves (okay, fresh cells and neuron connectors). Due to their ability to help re-grow our brains, it is highly recommended for those who are suffering memory loss. Eaten raw or steamed, broccoli has the effect of jump starting your noggin for optimum memory function.
- Salmon: Not a fan of Omega 3 pills? No worries. Just get your weekly intake of salmon instead. Full of healthy fat, the elements in this fish literally act as a cushion that wraps your neurons, keeping you calm, steady and focused. It serves as an anti-inflammatory machine for your brain, also stimulating oxygen in your blood to keep you alert and peaceful.
- Dark Chocolate: Chocolate lovers unite! This super food is about one of the best things you can do for your brain thanks to the intense levels of flavonoids. Note: This doesn’t mean you should start downing conventional store bought chocolate. That type of chocolate is loaded with sugar (which will have the opposite effect of supporting your neuro-functioning. Instead, you want to purchase chocolate that is 70% or higher in cocoa beans.
5 Foods Your Brain Hates
We dislike using the word “hate” as we’re lovers, not fighters, but the following foods are downright dangerous for the wellbeing of your brain.
- Tuna: It’s full of mercury and pollution from years of ocean waste. It’s cheap for a reason! Stick to salmon if you can!
- Microwave Popcorn: Those darn transfats have the equivalent of a hammer on your brain. This popcorn might taste good in the short run, but in the long term you’ll feel groggy, tired and cranky. Not worth it!
- Salt: Too much salt can keep your body’s water fluid out of whack. Less water to the brain means it starts to compress, making your body feel tired and listless.
- Cookies: Many cookies, especially store bought ones, contain margarine (about the unhealthiest form of butter there is). They are over processed with flour, gluten and high amounts of processed sugar. Do we need to say anything more than RUUUUUUN!!!
- Chips: This snack food is delicious, but sadly, soooo bad for you. They are incredibly high in fat which can cause huge gaps in memory as well as cause fatigue. Worse, they are super high in calories which means more weight gain, translating into your body and brain feeling more sluggish with each crunch. Let the chips run off with the cookies and walk your way to a handful of blueberries pronto.
We’re not saying to never indulge in snack food, but it shouldn’t be part of your regular diet if you want to achieve a sense of well being. And remember, starting a new regimen can be hard, but sooner or later, you’ll get used to and won’t be able to imagine life without it. Your brain will thank you – we promise!
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by Andrea Frazer for SimpleRx
Andrea Frazer is a writer, wife, mom to two Tweens and a rescue dog. Check back for more of her posts and tips on healthy living, healthcare awareness as well as the latest news and ways to benefit from SimpleRx Prescription Discount Program.