We often get caught up solely in the physical rewards of diet. Maybe, we decide to eat more veggies and cut out bread in order to shed some pounds. Or, on the other hand, we eat more protein so we can gain muscle. Regardless of the reason, most of us think about food and how it affects us physically. How often do we think about how diet affects the brain?
Food not only fuels the energy of our brain, but it can also promote mental health. So, taking care of your mind is just as important as taking care of your body. Luckily, you can care for both by incorporating healthy eating habits!
Try adding some of these foods into your diet to support your brain health.
Oily fish, like salmon, mackerel and trout, are high in omega-3 fatty acids and DHA. Since the brain is 60% fat, oily fish gives it added fat and fuel.
Berries, like blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are high in antioxidant properties and have been known to protect cells against free radical damage.
Leafy greens, like spinach, kale and swiss chard, are high in vitamin E. All the more reason to eat your daily greens!
Olive oil is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats. All of these are great not only for the brain, but for heart health* too!
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc and magnesium. Plus, they’re filled with antioxidants that protect against free radical damage.
Packed with vitamin K, broccoli is the ultimate brain food. Plus, broccoli is known to slow the breakdown of neurotransmitters, which is a huge win for the nervous system.
Nuts are another great dietary source of vitamin E. Top picks are walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. Aim to eat a handful of nuts every day!
Complex carbs, like whole grains, beans, legumes and sweet potatoes are rich in glucose, which is needed fuel for your brain!
Water is needed for every cell in the body, including those in the brain. Try starting your day with a tall glass of water and continuing to drink at least two liters of water everyday.
As always, please consult your healthcare provider before making major changes in your diet to ensure it’s the right choice for your nutritional needs.