Your brain and your stomach are best friends. This is because the stomach is the pantry that the brain goes to. Yes, your brain is one energy-hungry body organ. It might only account for a small percentage of your body weight, but the brain LOVES its food. The saying "you are what you eat" should be taken very seriously; the food we consume affects the structuring and functioning of our brains. Your brain needs to be fed the right foods to efficiently fuel all its crucial activities and functions.
So, the question is, what exactly should you be feeding your brain?
Omega 3 Oils - These oils stimulate brain cell growth and are also known to reduce stress, improve mood and increase cognitive ability. Omega 3s also help in minimizing the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Try adding Salmon, Tuna, and Walnuts to your diet to increase your Omega 3 intake.
Whole Grains - Your brain cannot concentrate or focus without enough energy. Your brain ‘s ability to focus, requires an adequate and consistent energy supply in the form of glucose. This is where whole grains come in. Whole Grains release glucose steadily into your bloodstream, so that you can be mentally alert throughout the day. To increase your brain’s energy supply, try adding oatmeal, brown rice, whole-wheat options, and even popcorn to your diet.
Fruits and Vegetables – No one is ever excited to eat healthy, but if you knew the powers of Fruits and Vegetables, you might be a little happier to eat them! Fruits and Vegetables are antioxidant power houses that are packed with great nutrients. They help to strengthen brain cell health, increase brain power, reduce radicals, and protect the brain. This is because of all the vitamins they house. Add more blueberries, grapes, kale, spinach and broccoli to your diet to help get your brain into its best shape!
Bottom line- don’t just feed your brain books, feed it good food because a malnourished brain will manifest in your thoughts and actions.