It’s so important that we do our part every day to support a healthy brain. Our brain controls all functions of the body, processes memory and emotions.
In order to keep ourselves healthy, paying special attention to brain health should be a priority. Along with physical exercise, sleep, social interaction, and mental stimuli, the foods we eat play a large part in helping our brain operate at its peak performance.
You can boost your brainpower by incorporating these foods into your diet
Healthy fats found in fish help to enhance brain function, and DHA in these foods stabilises brain cells. Great Fatty fish include salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring. These fish have high omega 3 composition and low mercury content.
Our brain and stomach are directly connected via the vagus nerve. The longest cranial nerve in our body, beginning at the brain all the way to the abdomen. Foods rich in fibre, such as apples, provide our body with enough fibre to clean any toxic build up found in our gut, which can lead to damaging effects on our brain. Studies have found that apples can reduce the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Artichokes contain two important minerals for brain health. Phosphorus, found abundantly in artichokes, can assist against cognitive decline and brain cell damage. Magnesium, also in artichokes, helps with more than 300 enzyme reactions in the brain and body. Magnesium binds to GABA, a neurotransmitter in our brain that produces a powerful calming effect in our body.
Fermented foods like olives are packed with probiotics, these significantly support brain activity. Probiotics produce neuroactive molecules that promote adequate brain signalling, such as the stimulation needed for the vagal (vagus) nerve. Some people have a real love hate relationship with Olives, but for that extra brain power, were all in
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate! We cannot talk about brain health without talking about the importance of water. The brain is roughly 73% water, and it takes only 2% dehydration to affect our attention, memory, and other cognitive skills. Water also helps deliver nutrients throughout our body and remove toxins.
If you ever feel tired and foggy, a glass of water might be just what you need.