Our brains are like expensive cars. They need a top, premium fuel.
Besides sleep, food, and ‘fuel’ as we say, can be a great asset to ensuring our brains function at full capacity.
How many times have you had a headache and it was probably linked to dehydration? Or brain ‘fog’?
Water the number one nutrient we need however, there are many others that are important to make sure our brain is getting the proper fuel.
But first, the main thing to avoid to keep our brain sharp is… you guessed it, refined sugar.
Besides the other negative effects refined sugar can have on the body, refined sugar impairs the brain to function properly, lead to inflammation, and can even cause depression.
According to Dr. Mosconi, a neuroscientist, an immersive nutritionist, human brains require as much as 45 distinct nutrients to work best. Some are produced by the brain itself, but the majority of them have to be imported by our diet.
Check out the top 10 Brian foods according to Jim Kwik, author of Limitless, to help keep you sharp!
- Avocados: they have monounsaturated fat that helps us sustain a balanced blood supply.
- Blueberries: defend the brain from oxidative stress and reduce the symptoms of brain aging. Three experiments have also shown that they can assist with memory.
- Broccoli: a perfect source of vitamin K, believed to enhance cognitive function and memory.
- Dark Chocolate: This makes you focus, concentrate, and release endorphins. Chocolate also has flavonoids, which have been found to enhance cognitive function. The darker the chocolate, the less sugar it has.
- Eggs: Memory-enhancing and brain-boosting choline.
- Green leafy vegetables: They are excellent sources of vitamin E, which decreases the symptoms of brain aging, and folate, which have been shown to enhance memory.
- Salmon, sardines, caviar: High in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which tend to reduce the symptoms of brain aging.
- Tumeric: Helps suppress inflammation and improve antioxidant levels while also enhancing brain oxygen consumption. There is also some evidence that turmeric can alleviate the cognitive loss.
- Walnuts: These varieties of nuts have high levels of antioxidants and vitamin E that protect the neurons and prevent brain aging. They also contain high levels of zinc and magnesium, which are very good for our mood.
- Water: Of course finally, water. Our brains are 80 % water, dehydration can induce brain fog, fatigue, sluggish responses, and speed of thought.