Reduce inflammation and increase your brain’s natural power
As we start focusing more on our goals for the New Year, I’ve been thinking more about healthy eating. And not just to lose weight, but more importantly, to feed my body with the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs for optimal functioning. The kind of eating that improves not only my physical health, but my mental health as well.
Here are the top 7 foods to incorporate into your diet to increase memory, clarity and focus:
Many of us are aware that cucumbers contain zero calories. But did you also know that they contain antioxidants, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6, along with many minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous? Cucumbers are also a great source of fiber and eliminate toxic compounds in the gut.
• Leafy Greens
The darker and richer the color the better, when it comes to vegetables. Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard and romaine lettuce can help keep dementia at bay. They’re also loaded with vitamins K and A, which help fight inflammation and keep bones strong. Dr Axe, a certified clinical nutritionist and doctor of natural medicine, even recommends taking an organic supergreens supplement to make sure you are getting all those necessary nutrients.
Always say “yes” to guacamole. Nature’s most beloved food, avocados are also very good for us. Containing both vitamin K and folate, they help prevent blood clots in the brain – protecting against strokes – and help improve cognitive function, especially for memory and concentration.
• Bone broth
If you haven’t jumped on the bone broth bandwagon already, you should. Its main health function is to promote and heal digestion, but it’s also fantastic for brain health. Bone broth’s high levels of collagen help reduce intestinal inflammation, and the healing amino acids, such as proline and glycine, keep your immune system functioning properly and help improve memory. Although making it at home is a long process, many health food stores and restaurants are now selling and serving bone broth.
Nothing screams “anti-inflammatory” quite like this Indian spice. The lead ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory agents found in nature. Turmeric helps boost antioxidant levels and keeps the immune system healthy, while also improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information.
For glowing skin and a healthy brain, be sure to include plenty of salmon in your diet. Packed with omega 3-fatty acids to keep the brain running smoothly, it also improves memory. This fish can also help prevent ADHD for kids! Be sure to purchase Alaskan wild-caught; any other types may be filled with mercury and toxins.
This beautifully colored vegetable does wonders for our minds. Beets reduce inflammation and are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants to help rid the blood of toxins. Natural nitrates in the vegetable boost blood flow to the brain, helping with mental performance.
Are you ready to improve your brain health? Reach for more of these brain-boosting foods to combat aging, stress, and disease.