There’s this saying: Mens sana in corpore sana. Therefore, you should workout your muscles, but never forget to do the same with your brain. This is how you can create a complete definition of the whole body training.
All lifters know how great exercises are not only for body, but also for the brain. But apart from exercising, few of us don’t know that also eating the healthy foods can also boost your brain power. A healthy and proper diet works exactly like a hard workout in the gym, producing an absolute feeling of well-being.
What lies behind this feeling is actually the endorphins considered the hormones responsible for our euphoric state, sometimes called also the hormone of happiness. But did you know that foods can also release it too? Serotonin, another neurotransmitter responsible with delivering happiness, improving learning and memory, together with anti-depressive properties, also comes in action when we eat the right foods. But now a question arises: how does it really help? The answer is extremely easy. When eating the right foods, you feel happier. Being happier, you get all the necessary motivation to work hard and sweat in the gym. In case learning is improved, you enter in the routine more quickly. On top of that, with the cognitive skills pumped, our brain is better storing and retrieving the necessary information and details of this new routine. Quite simple, right?
So let’s stop the long talking and let us show you 10 foods to boost your brain health:
It doesn’t just build pop-out, Popeye muscles, it builds brain power too. Spinach contains the amino acid tryptophan which is the building block for serotonin. Other foods rich in tryptophan include halibut, turkey, sunflower seeds and egg whites.
Blueberries contain a plant-based chemical called flavonoids, which communicate with nerve cells, improving inter-cellular communication and regeneration of neurons.
Rich, deep-water oily fish contain high amounts of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats particularly the kind known as DHA. DHA has been shown to improve working memory by up to 15% and stave off the effects of depression.
Before reading the explanation, try to have a deep look at the shape of these nuts. They seem to look like the brain, corret?They are also high in DHA and in the antioxidant Vitamin E which scavenges the brain for cell destroying free radicals. Walnuts also prop up the grey matter in our brain which is responsible for a variety of processes including memory, decision making and emotions.
Broccoli contains plant based compounds known as lignans which may improve thinking, reasoning, remembering and learning skills. It’s also high in potassium, and potassium sends more oxygen to the brain, which is essential for optimal cognitive functioning.
Avocados are the stars in healthy diets. They are ripe with healthy monosaturated fats which increase both blood flow and oxygenation to the brain which means faster delivery of nutrients and better brain functioning. They also maintain the health of both brain cell membranes and specialized nerve cells called astrocytes which provide “back up” support to neurons.
Rich in the compound called choline, which is essential for the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter important for memory and cellular communication.
Dark, leafy greens like kale, collards, and Swiss chard contain Vitamin K, which has been shown to help slow cognitive decline.
Whether green, black or white, tea contains both the amino acid L-theanine, which promotes calming, and caffeine which stimulates alertness.
You thought that we would speak only about food and forget about something sweet? No! We kept the the best for last – rich, deep dark chocolate. It has almost all the properties of every other brain boosting food combined; from high levels of tryptophan and antioxidants, to its capacity to improve brain blood circulation, to its unique composition of cocoa flavanols which boost thinking, atte