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Eating the Right Foods for Optimal Brain Health

By Donna Stark

I think many of us can relate to Dory, that little fish we have all come to love and who is terrible at remembering things. The thing about Dory though, is that she made her forgetfulness seem cute, and although we’ve all experienced those palm-to-forehead moments, memory loss is anything but cute. Keeping your memory sharp and laser-focused isn’t difficult to do. In fact, you are already performing the actions of doing so a couple of times every day. And with some minor changes to those actions, you can impact the health of your brain immensely. Want to know what it is that you are already doing? Well, it’s eating … and eating the correct foods is more important to brain function than you may think.

Eating Correctly for Brain Health

If your diet consists solely of junk food, then that is what you should expect your brain to run on … junk. Like a junk car that is ruined, inoperative, or incapable of being used, that is how your brain may end up. But don’t despair! It’s easy to fix. Just start consuming more of the following to improve your brain health and reduce the risk of memory loss.

  • Vitamin E - Vitamin E has been shown to protect neurons in the body. For memory loss diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, the neurons in certain parts of the brain start to die, which can lead to cognitive deterioration. Foods that are rich in Vitamin E are nuts, seeds, spinach, avocado, and dark-colored berries.
  • Omega-3s - Our bodies love omega-3s for many reasons, and improved brain function is one of them. Studies have suggested that people who consume a diet rich in omega-3s can significantly reduce their risk of developing problems associated with memory loss. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are the foundation for the Mediterranean diet. These include fatty fish, kale, soybeans, walnuts, and chia seeds.
  • Vitamin C - Studies have suggested that Vitamin C may be helpful in preventing the onset of memory loss and cognitive disorders and with protecting the brain’s cell membranes from free radicals. Vitamin C can be found in many foods such as berries, kiwi, peppers, broccoli, oranges, and Brussels sprouts.

You simply can’t go wrong with colorful fruit and vegetables and plenty of fish in your diet, but one of the most important components you should remember every day is breakfast. Studies have found that eating a healthy breakfast every morning can improve both short-term memory and attention span. So do your brain a favor; strive for a well-balanced diet full of a wide variety of healthy foods and listen to the advice your mom used to tell you every day: Eat your breakfast.

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

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