Just as our bodies need fuel to keep going, so does our brain. For the body, the fuel comes in the form of calories. There is an ongoing debate over just what the perfect diet should be. High protein? Low carbs? Small portions? Five meals a day? One thing is clear, what we eat also has a lot to do with how we think. Researchers have found some very simple and tasty treats that show signs of improving memory and focus. It’s time to boost your brain with the right foods.
1. High-Fiber Breakfast
The jury is in and it’s true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not only will your body thank you but your mind will also be sharper if you down high-fiber and whole grain cereals, a bit of dairy like milk or yogurt and a fresh piece of fruit – any fruit will do. The key with breakfast is not to overdo it. Breakfasts that are heavy loaded with calories can actually dull your concentration.
2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
When you think protein think omega 3 fatty acids. These are the good kinds of fat that your brain needs to continue to grow and operate at peak efficiency. Best source of omega 3 fatty acids? Fresh fish. Two servings a week should do the trick but watch how you prepare your fish. Dunking the fish in batter and frying in heavy oil won’t do you any good. Baked or grilled with herbs and spices is the best way to go.
3. Dark Chocolate
Here’s one treat that you’re sure to like: chocolate as in dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants which help the blood flood. Good blood flow equals good brain power. One ounce of dark chocolate a day is a perfect recipe for a brain boost. And dark chocolate with any kinds of nuts kicks it up a notch. But as with everything else in life, moderation is key. One ounce a day isn’t the same as a box of Godiva!