We’re always learning what kinds of foods help our bodies and in what ways. What gives us energy? What keeps us regular? What will make our skin glow? Mostly, we’re looking to food to help us with the outward health of our bodies. Something we should also be paying attention to though, is what foods will help our minds. If you’re looking to improve brain function and memory there are certain foods that you can increase in your diet to help you out. And honestly, they’re pretty tasty too.
Like every other part of your body, the brain needs to stay hydrated. Water is obviously key for just staying alive, but if you drink a cold cup at the right times, it can help you stay more alert too. Have a glass as soon as you wake up (before you get out of bed, even) to help you shake off that sleep and get your body moving. A cold glass of water can also be the perfect pick-me-up to combat that mid-day slump.
Another brain-healthy drink is a ginger, cinnamon and turmeric tea. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is an antioxidant which are both good for de-stressing your body. Stress is a real brain-buster so any way you can decrease it is a win for your melon.
Listen up, people: yogurt’s not just for gut health. Those probiotics may be great for your digestion, but they also pull some weight in the brain. Studies have shown that the probiotics in yogurt can help relieve stress, boost mental capacity and even help manage anxiety and depression. Plus, yogurt is a great vessel for other brain-healthy foods like fruits, nuts and seeds.
Fatty acids are the real MVPs when it comes to the brain. They kind of make a nice winter coat for your noggin by protecting it and helping conduct neuron functioning. The brain is almost 60 percent fatty acids and it loves omega-3s in particular. Salmon is one food that has a whole lot of that good stuff (it’s probably your brain’s and your body’s all-time favourite food). Omega-3 is also found in other fishes, nuts, legumes, plant oils, nuts and seeds.
Eat the rainbow
Sorry, but we don’t mean the Skittle kind. If all else fails (or you have better things to do than researching every food item in your house), naturally colourful foods are usually the best for your brain. So be sure to eat your fruits and veggies because they’re good for your body and they also just might make you a super genius.