The Right Foods to Eat to Increase Brain Function

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THE RIGHT FOODS TO EAT TO INCREASE BRAIN FUNCTION

BY: Sherese Williamson

Often times people (myself included) like to eat to their hearts desires but have you ever stopped to think how that's affecting not only your physical state but your mental capabilities?

You really are what you eat and you'll come to notice that when you eat certain foods it can impair how well your body functions. The term "itis" is something we've all come to identify with at some point in our lives. The definition generally means the drowsy feeling you get after you fill up on a big meal. What's actually happening is your body is taking a toll and working in overdrive to digest your meal. This takes away energy stores from your body which leaves you with the tired feeling you experience.

Understanding what causes the "itis" can help you take steps to prevent it from occurring thus giving you more energy to carry out your day.  Below I've listed some top 5 foods that will not only have you feeling more energized, but also provide you with beneficial nutrients that your body needs.

Dark Leafy Greens

The not always pleasant tasting dark leafy greens such as, kale, collard green and spinach are actually loaded with B-vitamins and folic acid. These nutrients help protect your brain from the degenerative effects of aging. In addition to protecting the brain, it's also loaded in antioxidants that help protect against heart disease and cancer. Since leafy greens break down easily in the body, their a perfect add-on to any meal and will aid in digestion (to prevent that sluggish feeling). 

Nuts and seeds

Often overlooked and misunderstood for the high fat content, nuts and seeds are an excellent source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids (known to improve brain function). Plus, nuts contain vitamin E, which has been shown to help protect the brain from free-radical damage.

Berries

The power of the dark berry is in its abundance of antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. It's also known to help prevent age-related memory loss. Berries are also low in sugar and a great source of soluble fiber. This type of fiber digests slowly in the body which helps keep you full for longer - that's always an upside! 

Avocados

Nature's fruit avocado is good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins. The monounsaturated fats in avocados improve brain function to promote healthy blood flow (healthy flow of blood to the brain means a highly functional brain). 

Garbanzo beans

Garbanzo beans, aka chickpeas, are a great source for magnesium, controls blood sugar levels (which helps satiety) and is high in fiber. This pea will keep you feeling full, provide you with plenty of protein and is a great source of brain fuel.