Answer: Eat. Sleep. Hydrate. Exercise.
About 20 percent of the calories we consume are utilized by the brain. Besides the constant need for energy, our complex neural systems require a vast amount of nutrients to keep them churning full speed ahead. This is especially true as we age and are more susceptible to cognitive decline.
Asides from vitamin B12 and iron, there is a plethora of antioxidants and other micronutrients that help the brain function at peak levels. These nutrients are sorely missing from processed foods. If you want to keep your brain healthy and happy, make sure to eat real foods.
Here are some tips to help your brain be at its best.
- Get moving: physical exercise is not only important for your body’s health; it also helps your brain stay sharp.
- Get enough sleep. This not only ensures you are thinking clearly, it lessens the chance of you eating junk food.
- Drink enough water.Lack of water to the brain can cause numerous symptoms including problems with focus, memory, brain fatigue and brain fog, as well as headaches, sleep issues, anger, and depression.
- Get your vitamin D, essential for proper brain functioning, either from the sun, mushrooms, fish oil, or supplements.
- Reduce your consumption of sugars and refined carbs. Although the brain is partially responsible for the addiction we have to sugars, in this age of plenty, most people overdose and damage their brain’s health.
- Avoid inflammatory fats and focus on good fats from avocado, fish, nuts, and seeds.
- Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Each color represents a different set of antioxidants. Berries, especially, are very high in antioxidants.
- Eat an abundance of berries: the polyphenol compounds in the fruits activate the brain’s natural “housekeeping” mechanism, clearing out stored toxins.
- Add spices to your life. Fresh or dried, many spices and herbs have very high antioxidant values.
These recommendations are all inline with our #OneSimpleChange program: