Let's talk about power foods for a healthy brain because a healthy brain is something we all need! Whether you are a student or not, you still need to keep those thinking powers strong and increase sharpness and retainability! What you eat plays a large role in this. Here is a list of foods for a healthy brain to try out to keep your wits about you and to sharpen up the old thinking cap!
1. Eat Sage to Improve Your Memory
Sage is a flavorful herb that many of us don’t consume much of. Try incorporating more into your diet, especially if you need to focus on improving memory skills! You can even reach for sage essential oil and diffuse it into a room to reap the benefits if you aren’t inclined to ingest sage.
2. Munch on Nuts to Prevent Cognitive Decline
Nuts are yummy, easy to pack, and pretty much all of them have some sort of health benefit. But they all prevent cognitive decline, since nuts are high in vitamin E. I like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, but reach for whatever strikes your fancy!
3. Have Some Fish for a Healthy Heart and Healthy Joints
Fatty fish has lots of Essential fatty acids and DHA. Your body can’t make this on it’s own, so it’s important to eat foods rich in fatty acids! Try some salmon, mackerel, or herring occasionally! Healthy hearts and joint contribute to brain power because if your body is sore or lacking in an area (even if you don’t know it) that is more energy being spent on repairing or compensating for that spot and less that can be focused on brain power!
4. Pull out the Pumpkin Seeds to Increase Your Thinking Power
Pumpkin seeds are an awesome snack to keep at your desk for school or work. They are portable, tasty, and brimming with zinc. Zinc is excellent for helping your memory skills and to boost thinking power. Best of all, you can eat pumpkin seeds quietly and they don’t leave you with strong breath like peanuts or other salty, flavorful snacks can.
5. Chomp on Chickpeas for Decreased Stress Levels
Our bodies need magnesium. Magnesium is very beneficial for brain cell reception, and also relaxes blood vessels allowing blood flow to feed our brains! The average American diet is quite deficient in magnesium because it is found in unlikely or unpopular foods. Chickpeas are a great source of magnesium, so chomp away for decreased stress levels and better brain reception!
6. Eat More Blueberries to Sharpen Your Learning Skills
You’ve probably been told before that blueberries are good for you, but do you know why? Blueberries are stuffed full of antioxidants. These are what we need to help us focus and retain information! Antioxidants are also great for your immune system, obviously if you are sick you won’t be able to focus as well as you can when your health is up to par!
7. Dine on Red Meat to Encourage an Overall Healthy Brain
Red meat is very high in vitamin B12, which is an essential vitamin for brain health and development! In addition, there is a lot of iron found in red meat, which is necessary for healthy blood pressure and energy. Since we need a healthy blood flow to our brain, you can see how red meat has lots of components to boost overall brain health!
If you are an expectant mother, or trying to conceive, you almost can’t eat too much of these foods listed above! Your baby will benefit in brain development from all the goodness contained in these delicious brainpower-boosting foods. I hope this list has been helpful and inspiring! As always, thanks for reading, stalkers!