6 of my Favorite Foods to Feed Your Brain
About 40% of what we consume is used for the brain, and did you know that what eat affects every cell in our body? So whether we are heating healthy or not healthy, it is heavily affecting our body and of course the brain. Here are 6 superfoods to add in your diet that are actually nutritious for your brain and promote brain health
I love the color blue, so besides being so pretty, studies show that eating blueberries can actually protect your brain! A study done by a lead scientist in the Laboratory of Neuroscience at Tufts University, James Joseph PhD, he found that blueberries actually slowed the effects of aging by protecting memory and motor coordination. When blueberries are tested against various other fruits and vegetables, they score the highest in antioxidant levels which are crucial to fighting off free radicals that can harm our cells and contribute to cancer and age-related diseases. To learn more, see the article here
. I love to eat blueberries plain, or in smoothies or keifer
How many of you like beets? I love beets and when I lived in South America, we got to eat fresh beets from the many beet farms in Chile! Well beets help with supporting blood flow to the brain because they are a good source of natural nitrates according to scientists at Wake Forrest University.
Growing up my mother had this tradition that on our birthday we could choose our favorite breakfast for her to cook for us that day. I always chose eggs and hash browns, which today is still my favorite breakfast. Did you know that egg yolks are one of the top sources for Choline? Choline is a precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps supports memory function in the brain! Eating protein-rich foods like eggs for breakfast can improve overall cognitive performance, according to Swiss researchers.
Did you know that lentils are a great source of folate, which is a B-vitamin that are super brain energizer nutrients? My grandmother on my father's side was from Beirut Lebanon and we grew up eating lentil soup every Sunday at her house. They are delicious to add in soups, or even you can sprout them and eat them more fresh.
Oh how I love avocados. We get fresh avocado's grown here in California and we spread it on toast like butter! It is one of my favorite breakfasts to eat and avocados are a super high source of monounsaturated fats that support blood flow in the body and brain!
Last but definitely not least is water. We can go longer without food than we can without water. That is how important sufficient water is for our brain functioning. When dehydration occurs, the brain tissue actually shrinks which in turn affects cognitive functioning and can impair short-term memory, focus and even decision making. Eight 8oz glasses of water a day or 2 liters is the minimum recommendation, and I like to drink the bulk of my water when I first wake up and in between meals to support a healthy digestive track!