Do you find yourself flagging halfway through the day, with your brain wanting to give up until the next morning, or until you’ve managed to sleep a little and refresh your senses? Or do you find yourself halfway through a revision session, needing a little extra something to get you over that mental bridge that seems to have a slight break in the middle of it?
From time to time we all need a boost, but if you’re about to embark on exams, or you’re needing a brain boost of some other kind, you could find what you’re looking for in your diet.
Of course, a well-rounded and balanced diet is essential for good health overall, but you are what you eat is certainly the case when it comes to your memory and cognitive function. Some foods are certainly better than others, and it totally depends on what is contained within them.
We are regularly asked about diet and what different foods and vitamins can help with overall health, and our Ringwood chiropractor is on hand to help clients with not only general health and well-being, but memory and mind function too. So, if you’re wondering how your diet can help you think a little more clearly, remember where you left your keys, or perhaps help you in your endeavours to become the next Einstein, check out these superfoods you might like to throw into your daily diet.
Throw a few beets into your next salad or sandwich and wait for the effects! Beets contain natural nitrates which have been shown to boost blood flow to the brain; this all has the effect of boosting mental function and overall performance.
You can eat it as it is, or you can take a supplement; obviously the fresh option is always better, but sage has been shown to help regular people become a little more mentally alert, in that they perform better in cognitive tests. This is all down to the compounds contained within, which helps prevent a breakdown of an important neurotransmitter – acetylcholine. We need acetylcholine to boost our memory and help us retain new knowledge, so retaining it as much as possible is important for mental function.
Any oily fish will do the job but sardines in particular have been shown to be fantastic for boosting the brain. This is all down to that famous omega 3 fatty acid we hear so much about, and sardines are full of EPA and DHA, which boost omega 3 and helps brain cells talk to each other much more effectively. You will find your focus is much sharper as a result.
How do you like your eggs in the morning? However you eat them, make sure you eat the yolk as well as the white, as this has been shown to not only keep you fuller for longer, but is also an important source of choline, which helps memory function. Feeling fuller, thanks to the protein element, will also mean you’re more likely to focus as a result.
A totally versatile food, you can throw on some fruit to boost your five a day intake, but oats are basically full of carbs, which breakdown into glucose – we need to glucose to fuel our brains, and the carbs in oats are also slow to break down, which leaves you feeling fuller for longer. As a result, your memory and focus will be sharp as a blade for much longer too.
Another flexible choice, and one which can be thrown into any dish, such as salads or soups. Lentils are a legume, and they are a great source of folate; folate is a vitamin which has been shown in many studies to boost brain function, whilst also helping to cut down on the levels of certain amino acids in the body which can work to slow down your mental focus. Consider lentils a little like superman where your brain health is concerned!
Wholegrains in general
Anything wholegrain, such as cereals, pasta, bread etc, are fantastic to help you focus your brain at the task at hand. Wholegrains give a steady release of energy to the brain, and because they are low in their GI index, they release glucose slowly, without energy crashes.
There have been many studies showing that walnuts are fantastic for giving you a brain boost. Why? It’s down to a connection between a certain antioxidant and omega 3 fatty acids – basically, they hold hands and work together to give your brain that important boost.
Probably one of the most versatile types of food out there – you’ll find tomatoes in practically everything! Tomatoes contain lycopene and this is a very powerful antioxidant which can help prevent the development of dementia. This is because they protect against free radical damage, which is a precursor to such conditions as Alzheimer’s.
And if all else fails … supplements
Of course, a fresh diet full of varied fruits, vegetables, and other important food groups is always better than taking a supplement to boost your health and well-being, however sometimes there is a gap in our diet for some reason, such as an allergy for example. If this is the case, discuss with a healthcare professional about the best supplement for you; taking a multivitamin or omega 3 fatty acid supplement could be enough to plug the gap and give you the brain boost you are missing.
If you’re still wondering how you can give your diet a boost as well as your brain, or you still have questions about giving your memory and focus a push in the right direction, don’t hesitate to call our practice now on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an appointment. Our helpful, friendly, and highly trained staff are on hand to help advise you on the correct way forward, giving you the brain boost you need to complete any task you set your focus on.Leave a reply →