by Lindsay McMillan
1. Sugar (glucose) is the brain’s preferred fuel source, which the body processes from the carbs and sugars that are eaten. A small dose of something sweet, like a glass of orange juice, can offer a short-term boost to mental ability, memory, and thinking.
2. Breakfast is proven to improve short-term memory and attention. Instead of Pop Tarts and Captain Crunch though, eating high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits will help concentration and performance. Try whole grain toast with peanut butter or blueberries and yogurt.
3. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients to health. Amongst many benefits, they are key for brain health. A diet with higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to memory enhancement and a slower mental decline. Fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds are all sources rich in Omega-3.
4. Dark Chocolate contains powerful antioxidant properties and natural stimulants similar to caffeine, which can enhance focus. A small piece, about ¼ of a bar, is plenty.
5. Running, even just a short jog, increases blood flow and brain stimulation. Alertness heightens due to the release of high levels of neurotransmitters, which delivers oxygen to the brain and increases metabolic rate.
6. Water is essential for optimal brain health and function. It enhances circulation and helps the brain from overheating, which can lead to cognitive decline or damage. Carrying a reusable water bottle is a good reminder to keep hydrating the brain.
7. Sleep plays a critical role in memory and learning. Sleep timing and duration affect a number of endocrine, metabolic, and neurological functions that are essential to brain health. A couple extra hours of sleep can go a long way.