The food you eat has an impact on each and every aspect of your life. Your quality of sleep, your weight, your stress levels, performance at work, everything!
Your brain is the control center of your body. When given the right fuel (i.e. food), it can help you work to your fullest capacity. Here are some foods that can help you with improving memory, problem-solving and logical analysis, mood upliftment, tiredness, and other cognitive functions.
Your brain needs Omega 3 Fatty Acids and certain antioxidant for functions like Memory, Focus and Attention. These nutrients are found most commonly in Avocado, Salmon, Dark Chocolate and Nuts mainly Walnuts.
For Mood and Energy
Your brain produces chemicals known as neurotransmitters. These chemicals namely Serotonin, Melatonin, Acetylcholine, Dopamine are responsible for moods, fatigue, sleep, and excitement. Serotonin, for example, is responsible for stress and anxiety management. Any imbalance in this area could lead to depression and stress.
Some foods that will help you keep your mood and fatigue are Oats, Pomegranate, Beans & Lentils and Chocolate. There are obviously a lot more foods that I can add to this list, but, I have only mentioned the ones that will be convenient for you to add to your diet.
For Problem Solving
Problem Solving is one of the more complex cognitive functions. This ability is one that needs a lot more than simply adding a few foods into your daily meals. However, I have noticed a significant impact with the help of dietary changes in quite a few people. You should be including Monounsaturated Fatty Acids from Avocado and Nut Butters and Catechins from Tea.
For Prevention of Brain Damage
With our current lifestyles, pollution, inferior quality of fruits and vegetables, etc, protecting ourselves from brain damage, especially in old age, should become a priority. Antioxidants as a group are what you need to be focusing here. Look at increasing intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Flavonoids and Polyphenols. Some of the more common sources are Green Leafy vegetables, Nuts, Citrus Fruits, Cruciferous Vegetables like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Pomegranate.
Although I have given you specific foods to focus on, it may get difficult to add each food item from this list. An easier way of doing this can be to simply add the following to your daily diet:
Nuts and Nut Butters
Oilseeds like Flaxseeds, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds and Watermelon Seeds
Oily Fish - Salmon, Mackeral
Whole grains like Buckwheat, Amaranth Seeds, Pulses, Millets
I hope this article helps you. If you have any queries about including these in your diet, leave a comment below and I will help you.