You’ve probably seen the ads pop in your video streaming promising to improve your brain capacity or efficiency by simply completing a series of exercises on a branded website.
Other sources recommend keeping your brain healthy by keeping a healthy diet of reading and writing. By keeping your brain active, it’s more likely to be resilient of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.
But keeping your brain active is only half of the equation to achieving optimum neurological performance and health. The other half is having the appropriate diet to make sure it can handle the extra workload.
Your brain uses twenty percent of the blood and oxygen generated in your body. Poor nutrition can cause it to consume itself to continue to function, after all sixty percent of it’s mass is fat.
This is why our diets should not only be optimized to keep us healthy; they also need to be tweaked to keep our brains happy and able to flex their muscles.
So here are some diet tips to keep your brain happy.
4 Diet Tips For Your Brain Health:
1. Glucose and Carbohydrates
Think of glucose as the fuel that travels with your bloodstream to your brain. It ignites the mitochondrial engine that keeps your brain active because glucose is the only source of energy for your brain cells.
Sugary foods and drinks are only a short-term fix that can cause long-term complications. You can also find healthy glucose in carbohydrates in low carb high glucose foods like grapes, beans, and low fat diary instead of high carb foods like spaghetti and French fries.
2. Replace Coffee
This might be one of the toughest tips to implement because coffee forms such an important part of a lot people’s morning ritual. I understand, it’s probably one of the fastest ways to deliver energy to your brain because it increases your adrenaline flow.
The bad news is that its benefits are extremely short lived. You’ll soon find yourself craving another one to be functional again. And high doses of coffee are simply not good for you.
I recommend two alternatives instead. Green tea is called a mind tonic for a reason: its polyphenols help regulate a healthy flow of glucose to your brain.
If tea is not your cup of tea, I recommend trying out my Lemon Cucumber Mint Water, as it will help you avoid the caffeine crash, keep you hydrated, and more importantly, alert.
3. Incorporate Healthy Fats
As I’ve said before, sixty percent of your brain is fat. If your diet has a serious lack of healthy fats it will start cannibalizing itself to function, causing long-term dangers.
In order to remedy this you need to have a diet that rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
Omega-3 is usually found in salmon, if you need a recipe, here’s my
Sinful Salmon and Pasta dish. Omega-6 best source, on the other hand,
are walnuts. They also make the perfect snack.
4. More Protein Less Problems
Like your biceps, your brain also needs protein to grow and thrive. In this case protein helps neurons network with increased efficiency.
If you’re lacking protein in your diet, you’ll start noticing that it’s increasingly hard to organize your thoughts cohesively. It also affects your memory capacity.