Foods That Support The Brain
Food and your emotional well-being are very well connected. Many of us eat more or less based on how we feel. I’ll admit I am an emotional eater. If I am depressed I eat. If I am anxious I eat. The first thing I reach for is usually something sweet. (I know I know cookies and ice cream are my weakness lol)
You’ve heard the term “comfort foods.” Did you know that chocolate has a chemical in it that mimics estrogen–that can make us feel better?
On the other hand some foods contain things that make us feel worse and can lead to mood disorders. For instance, foods with high sugar content can cause us to have a rapid rise in energy and blood sugar and then a fast drop, which leads to fatigue and anxiety.
Are you a coffee drinker? Although short term benefits of coffee may seem wonderful it also stimulates the central nervous system which could increase anxiety and stress. And who wants more of that?
Here are some foods that support brain health and enhance brain power:
- Anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables help prevent deterioration of brain cells. Some great antioxidant rich foods are dark chocolate, berry fruits, beans, nuts and herbs.
- Foods high in omega-3’s may delay brain aging, increase memory and cognitive ability. Omega-3’s can be found in certain fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and also flax seed oil and walnuts.
- Whole grains supply plenty of iron and b vitamins which are associated with reduced brain shrinkage and delayed dementia.
- Water supplies energy to brain cells.
- Complete proteins, proteins with adequate essential amino acids, help balance neurotransmitters which help with brain communication. Foods rich in complete proteins include: eggs, whey, soy, fish, and poultry.
So all in all good nutrition is essential, but optimal health and wellness requires addressing all aspects of your life– physical emotional mental, and spiritual.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?