The brain loves healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acid is a particularly good source. Aim for 2 or more servings of fatty fish per week. Salmon is a great choice but if fish isn’t your thing try other sources like flaxseeds, walnuts and chia seeds. Increase brain loving nutrients in your daily diet. These include omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, phytonutrients and water.
Fruits and vegetables directly influence brain function and provide your body with much needed antioxidants and phytonutrients. The recommendation is to eat at least 4 servings a day. Brain loving varieties include; broccoli and blueberries, spinach and raspberries.
My favorite food is good for brain health; dark chocolate! Dark chocolate contains a strong antioxidant that is shown to improve blood flow to the brain and reduce inflammation. Unsweetened cocoa powder is best but dark chocolate with at least 72% cocoa solids is good too.
To summarize a diet rich in lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats, herbs and spices, as well as an abundance of fruits and vegetables can improve cognitive function and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Staying hydrated by drinking water is a tremendous benefit to your brain health as well. Did you know that 75% of the brains weight is water? If drinking water is difficult for you. Try eating water-rich foods like watermelon, pineapple, celery or cucumber. I like adding frozen fruit to my water; pineapple and strawberries are especially good.
The 6 pillars of brain health are food and nutrition, sleep and relaxation, physical and medical health, social interaction, mental fitness and physical fitness.
Taking a look specifically at our mind and how to keep it strong and healthy for optimal brain health is one of the 6 pillars of brain health called Mental Fitness. This article will provide 5 suggestions for improving your mental fitness.
The health of our brain is dependent upon its mental fitness. Think of mental fitness as you would physical fitness. Just as strength training with weights builds physical muscle, mental training with cognitive activities builds mental muscle.
It has long been proven that being a lifelong learner protects the brain from cognitive decline. There are several ways you can challenge your brain and strengthen the mental muscles.
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