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Boost Your Brain Power With These Superfoods

By Stepy Kamei

If you learned of a supplement you could take which would increase your energy, focus, and productivity, while lowering levels of stress and fatigue in the body, wouldn't you want to take it? Well, even though we have yet to have a magic pill which provides these benefits, you can experience these boosts to your brain health simply by adding the right foods into your diet. Keep on reading to learn more about the foods you need to be putting on your grocery list for improved brain function -- as well as which foods you should consider limiting your intake of.

The MIND Diet

If you've been looking into foods to eat for improved brain power and function, you may have come across information regarding the MIND diet before. This stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It's an eating plan which combines the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. Essentially, the MIND diet is one that's designed to boost brain health.

So, what goes into the MIND diet?

Some of the staples of this diet include fresh, whole foods which are minimally processed. These include, nuts, berries, leafy greens, and lean proteins such as fatty fish. These foods provide brain-boosting nutrients such as protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Generally speaking, foods which have not been processed or packaged tend to retain more of their nutritional content and value. This is why people in the Mediterranean region of the world tend to enjoy a better quality of life: they have more energy, are less likely to suffer from depression or other mood disorders, and they tend to live longer overall. While there are many factors which play into this, a healthy diet is one of the big ones.

Therefore, you should make sure to add whole, fresh foods into your diet as much as possible. You'll more than likely start to notice an increase in your energy, a boost in your mood, and improvements to your overall productivity levels as a result!

Foods to Avoid 

While you focus on incorporating the healthy foods mentioned above into your diet, you should also be sure to limit your intake of certain foods and ingredients as well if you want to improve your brain function.

It should make sense, then, that the opposite of foods which are minimally processed should be avoided as much as possible. Foods and snacks which are highly processed, packaged, and have additives often contain little to no nutritional value. Therefore, these kinds of foods provide what's known as "empty calories," They do not give your brain the energy it needs to stay focused, organized, or truly productive.

Be sure to try out more meals which contain a lean protein, fresh produce, and a side of whole grains or legumes in order to truly be feeding your brain the nutrients it needs. You can always meet with a nutritionist for further advice on how to build a better meal plan.

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