Your brain is boss and it’s not going to let you think otherwise!
It consists of 5 main sections including the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem, pituitary and hypothalamus which all band together and run the show.
Whilst it only takes up 3% of your body weight it uses about 17% of your entire body’s energy so it’s important that we show some love and support towards our brains by watching what we put into our bodies each day.
First things first, water is essential for brain health and function.
It tones the membranes which are needed for normal neurotransmission and also enhances circulation and aids in removing waste. It’s important to keep hydrated to prevent the brain from overheating which can lead to cognitive decline and sometimes damage.
What you eat can also support overall brain health. Here are some foods that can assist in keeping your brain at its best!
Avocados are a source of monounsaturated fats, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids which help increase blood flow to the brain, lower cholesterol, and aid in the absorption of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent damage from free radicals, which are waste products your body makes when cells use fuel to create energy. Avocados also come with many antioxidants, including vitamin E. They are also a good source of potassium and vitamin K—both protect the brain from the risk of stroke.
Our brains are always demanding for a healthy supply of glucose and Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT’S) that the body uses for energy, leaving glucose for the brain. It also benefits blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol and anything that benefits the heart will always benefit the brain. Coconut Oil has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to helping prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Like avocadoes, blueberries contain a fantastic dose of antioxidants which protect our brains from oxidative damage and stress, leading to Alzheimer’s, dementia and premature aging. Thanks to the flavonoids in blueberries which improve the communication between neurons, you may see an improvement in your memory, learning ability, all cognitive function like reasoning, decision making and verbal comprehension.
These magical seeds work hand in hand with all the foods listed above. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, soluble and insoluble fibre, and help control blood glucose levels, are a powerful anti-inflammatory, aid in hydration and also contain many antioxidants.
Whilst improving your mood and being a powerful antioxidant, dark chocolate contains flavonols that help to improve blood vessel function, which in turn improves cognitive function and memory.
Raw Foodists believe that the high amount of chlorophyll in green, leafy vegetables and wheat grass juice helps with oxygen transportation within the cells. This may lead to improved oxygen in the brain which in turn can improve your memory.
Stuck on how to add these foods into your diet? Here are some ideas and a list of some of our favourite recipes.
This Avocado green smoothie is full of goodness thanks to the nutritional powerhouse that is the avocado! Mix it with some leafy greens and sweet fruits and you have yourself a super tasty and refreshing treat!
Not a fan of avocado in your smoothie? Don’t worry, our Going Green Smoothie is the perfect alternative.
Feel like a chocolate hit? Something sweet with super brain boosting benefits? Look no further than our Cacao Bliss Balls. These bites are full to the brim with goodness including coconut oil, chia seeds and cacao powder. They taste like a guilt laden treat however they aren’t you’re typical chocolate sweet fix. They contain all the yummy rich taste minus the refined and junk food ingredients. Stick to real food and simple yet nutritious ingredients.
We all like Ice Cream however did you know that some ice creams contain antifreeze? It’s incredible what some brands will put into their food and advertise to millions of paying families around the world. Our Blueberry Ice Cream on the other hand is clear of anti-freeze and super tasty! Not a fan of cream? Try substituting it with some homemade cashew cream.
Remember it’s simple to add nutritious and brain boosting foods into your everyday diet. Try and get creative and make it a habit to want to feed and nourish your body in a way it deserves. Use that brain of yours!
“Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”
– Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex