Ginseng? Omega 3’s? Ginkgo?
If you listen to the hype about foods and supplements, and you’ll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus and concentration, to enhance memory, attention span, and brain power. AND even get us rock-hard abs (nothing to do with the topic, but just sayin’).
But do they really work? There’s no denying that as we get older in number, our body ages right along with us. AND we are in luck. There are certain foods that really can help with that scattered thinking. Also, if Adult ADHD is something you are concerned about, then these foods will help you feel more alert, awake, and aware.
Here is a list of the top 5 super foods for brain power:
1. Sugar. I know, I know. I just ranted about the sugar thing ! Sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source — not table sugar,but glucose, which your body metabolizes from the sugars and carbohydrates you eat. That’s why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and focus. Watch what you drink, though. Make sure it is natural. Check those labels! Also, if you consume too much, your focus can be impaired as well as lead to weight gain. Keep the balance on this one.
2. Fish. A protein source associated with a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential for brain function and development. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: higher dietary omega 3 fatty acids are linked to lower dementia and may play a vital role in enhancing concentration, especially as we get older. For brain health, try to eat two servings of fish weekly.
3. Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less mental decline as you age.
4. Whole grains. Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. Eating a diet high in whole grains (and not just the bread…see my latest post on the right carbs to eat) can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a tasty way to fire up brain cells.
5. Blueberries. Great antioxidants! AND can keep you looking and feeling young.
Plus you gotta eat a good breakfast. I know, I know. You heard this before, but it is so crucial for keeping your brain working properly during your busy day. Check out my power breakfast:
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup of rolled oats
1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana sliced
2 Tbsp. unsalted walnuts (you can roast them if you want)
Bring water to boil in a small pan. Add oats, cinnamon, and salt. Reduce to a steady simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are tender, about 5 minutes. Add blueberries. Top with banana and walnuts.
In order to prevent that foggy brain, what food will you add to your diet? Comment below and let me know how you regain focus and what food from the list above you will pump into your diet today.