Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
Finals week is just around the corner and we all know how exhausting it is. The sleepless nights become endless and the pressure builds up. It leaves us wishing that there was a way to get through this week. Well Belles, what if I told you that there is a super food that can increase your brain power. As a matter of fact, there are a few delicious, natural foods that can help you concentrate more and reach your full potential. A healthy diet is one based on variety. All foods have different nutritional value and provide certain health benefits for the human body. There are some foods that are healthier and better used for a specific bodily functions and more specifically, the mind.
Here is a list of super foods to sharpen your mind:
Tomatoes are excellent brain foods because they’re high in lycopene which makes them an ideal source of antioxidants. They are good for the brain because they help protect against free radical damage to cells. For an on-the-go snack, take a tomato and cut it in half. Add a pinch of salt and eat it like an apple or an orange. After all, it is a fruit.
High levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood go hand in hand with higher levels of serotonin, which is the “mood enhancing“ brain chemical. These fatty acids are responsible for improved cognition, alertness,memory and mood. Omega-3s reduce the risk of degenerative mental diseases, depression, anxiety and hyperactivity.
Phenylalanine, found in almonds, can do wonders for your mental and neurological health. Phenylalanine has the rare ability to cross the blood-brain barrier where it stimulates the brain to including adrenaline and noradrenaline. Additionally, almonds are high in riboflavin, which is known to boost memory. So, keep a pack of almonds in your bag and enjoy a healthy snack at work or while studying.
Berries contain antioxidants that enhance cognition, coordination and memory. Blueberries improve the potency of neuron signals. They are also known as the “brain berry”, and are considered a super food when eaten in their natural form. They are also known to protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which contribute to healthy blood flow in the bosy. To include avocados in your diet, add 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado to one meal daily as a side dish. Start each day with a mix of high quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day. Avocado with scrambled eggs is a powerful combination.
Eggs offer a very impressive nutritional profile. They are a great source of high quality proteins and are rich in vitamins and minerals. A nutrient called choline, found in eggs, improves the memory center in the brain. Choline has been found to increase the size of neurons, which helps them fire strong electrical signals.
Brains need proper nourishment. This nourishment is vital to creative thought, positive mood, memory and good overall health. It’s no surprise that your diet affects how you think, feel and remember. All of these super foods are easily accessible to every Belle. Get creative and prepare combinations that are easy to snack on when you need a little boost.