Learn how to eat and diet well whilst being conscious of your body and your mind! When it comes to consciously making a change to your diet for the better, the focus is almost always on physical over mental welfare. Our brains are also subject to positive changes at the result of our food intake, certain nutrients can really help keep your brain cells healthy, which in return helps the maintenance of natural functions – but how do you go about eating for and catering to the brain?
There’s no need for supplements or a trip to the pharmacy, fortunately, you can gain fantastic benefits from simple everyday foods. Well here are some excellent ideas to get you started:
Wholegrain food is a great source of energy for the brain – look to foods such as brown rice, wholegrain cereals and brown rice for a brain booster, much better than their white coloured alternatives. Wholegrains also have a much lower GI (Glycemic Index) which means the energy gained is slowing distributed throughout the day.
Healthy Natural Oils
Essential fatty acids always carries a negative connotation because of that ‘fat’ term, however, fats such as omega-3, EPA and DHA are welcomed by the brain in particular due to their natural absence from the body. You can gain a great dose of these fatty acids through the likes of linseed, oil, soya beans and pumpkin seeds.
Fruits and Nuts
Fruits and nuts are stuffed full of essential vitamins and fats which are welcomed by the body and the brain. Nuts have a great supply of protein and also offer natural fats such as Omega 3, Vitamins B6 and E which are both great for supporting the nervous system. Fruits are great in general but the likes of blackberries, apples, blueberries and grapes are prevalent in offering many antioxidants and vitamins to the body. Discover Nature's Most Nutritious Nuts here.
That’s right – chocolate can actually be really good for the mind, dark chocolate that is. It’s full of antioxidants and even has a little natural caffeine which leaves us not only feeling great, but attentive and alert too. Dark choccy also releases serotonin to the bloodstream which provides us with a short burst of happiness and wellbeing. But a reminder – don’t go gorging! This particular food should obviously be eaten in moderation.
For further brain health tips - check out our post on Everyday Mindfulness Techniques.