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Eat These Smart Foods for a Healthy Brain

By Debra Rodzinak

With the internet and television bombarding you with news about foods to eat, and dietary supplements to take, that will increase brain function, make memory clearer, and enhance focus, deciding which foods to eat can become overwhelming and expensive.  The good news is that by adding these foods and beverages to your daily diet, you can increase your brain's health.

Caffeine

In addition to the morning cup of coffee, caffeine can be found in chocolate, energy drinks, and many medications.  Just remember to limit your caffeine intake or you can find yourself jittery and suffering with an upset stomach.

Sugar

The perfect fuel source for your brain is glucose.  This is not table sugar, but rather the sugars found in carbohydrates and fresh fruits.  If you are looking for a short-term memory boost, grab a glass of fruit juice.  Just don’t overdo it or you may find yourself with some unwanted extra pounds.

Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  Eat this important meal to improve your attention and memory.  Encourage children to eat dairy, fruit, and high-fiber whole grains in the morning for increased performance during the school day.  Just stay away from the high-calorie food items that can actually impede concentration.

Fish

Rich in key omega-3 fatty acids that lower the chances for developing dementia, slowing mental decline, and decreasing the risk for a stroke, fish is a key food to eat for a healthy brain and heart.  Try to eat two servings of this important food per week.

Chocolate and Nuts

An excellent source of antioxidants, nuts and dark chocolate give you the benefits of added focus without excess sugar, fat, or calories.  Dark chocolate also contain caffeine, which increases focus.

Avocados and Whole Grains

Increasing blood flow helps the heart and brain with enhanced function.  Eating foods high in whole grains can also lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.  Don’t worry about the fat found in avocados as monounsaturated fat actually helps with blood flow.

Blueberries

Studied by scientists, blueberries can protect from free radicals that may damage the brain and may actually reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  Eat these power packed little fighters to improve overall muscle function and memory.

In addition to eating the best brain foods and a well-balanced diet, don’t forget to do the following for an overall healthier body:

  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated
  • Exercise to maintain a healthy weight
  • Meditate for relaxation and clear thinking

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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