Brain health is important to live a healthy lifestyle.
Many people forget, ignore or are oblivious to the importance of brain health. Without adequate brain health, life would just…..suck. Our brain is the main control system for your entire body. From head to toe, your brain controls it all. While things such as getting adequate sleep, exercise and managing stress levels boost brain health, eating “brain-boosting” foods are instrumental as well. Here are 5 foods that contribute to a healthier brain.
Since glucose is the brain’s main source of fuel, it’s important to keep levels steady. The best food source to accomplish that is whole grains. Also, whole grains provide adequate amounts of fiber. Oat bran, 100% whole wheat bread, natural oatmeal, and brown rice are better for your body than refined carbs such as white bread and sugary foods.
What better way to unwind than a glass of wine? While alcohol consumption per day isn’t the healthiest thing, drinking a glass of wine per day benefits brain health. In addition to brain health, here are several health benefits research studies have discovered about drinking 1 to 2 four-ounce glass of wine per day:
- Improves brain function
- Adds years to your lifespan
- Reduces risk of heart disease
- Reduces risk of heart attack
- Reduces risk of type-2 diabetes
- Reduces risk of cataracts
- Reduces risk of stroke
- Reduces risk of colon cancer
So if you been stressed lately, then have a glass of wine. Just not too much.
What wine is for unwinding, coffee is for waking up. Brewing a cup of dark coffee is not only a great way to start your day, it boost brain health. The main reason for that is caffeine. Caffeine helps boost mental alertness and awareness; two components of memory. One study discovered that women over 65 yrs. old who drank 3 or more cups of coffee per day could remember more words than women who consumed little to no coffee.
Because our body is approximately made up of 60% water, it makes sense that the brain benefits from drinking water. As a matter of fact, 75% of the brain consists of water. Studies show that well-hydrated people show higher brainpower than those who don’t drink enough water. Aim to drink around half of your bodyweight in ounces per day.
Berry fruit such as blueberries and raspberries contain a slew of antioxidants. Studies have shown that these antioxidants provide protection for the human brain. In addition, some researchers think they help to build healthy connections between brain cells.
These 5 food sources will help boost brain health. Be sure to add them to your diet.