“Tradition and science agree that there are common dietary principals that promote longevity, deeply rooted in the choices we make as well as our lifestyle habits as a whole.” Lisa Mosconi, “Brain Food.”
Should you care about food that specifically helps your brain? Probably–especially if you spend your days in the doldrums of forgetfulness and hazy headspace. Food can be an easy first step.
If food is information to your cells (and it is) how are you communicating with your cells? Did you know that after just one meal you are able to shift your unique microbiome?! One meal.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Set forth is a little list of foods to incorporate into your diet, oh and did I mention dark chocolate is on the list? Putting more of these into your diet will boost your brainpower, sound good!?
- Berries especially blueberries
- Dark green veggies such as broccoli
- Fatty fish such as wild salmon, sardines and caviar
- Nuts and seeds such as walnuts and pumpkin seeds
- Healthy oils like olive oil and coconut and flaxseed oil
- Complex carbs such as sweet potatoes
- Cacao or dark chocolate (Yeh!)
- Beverages such as coffee, black/green tea and red wine
These foods are rich in antioxidants (antioxidants help defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals). And by eating more of the foods that are listed above you will be supporting the body with removal of everyday toxins. That’s a win because according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) within the US there is a massive inventory of more than 85,000 chemicals listed under substances that fall within the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
These foods are also rich in flavonoids (flavonoids are various compounds found naturally in many fruits and vegetables). These types of compounds have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect in the brain.
Eat foods that fortify!
Want to do more research? Check out the following books:
“The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner. Check out where these blue zones are on the planet and what it takes to live there.
“Limitless” by Jim Kwik. A book full of techniques to upgrade your brain, learn faster and live an exceptional life.
“Brain Food” by Lisa Mosconi. Is about eating for cognitive health.
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