As one of the hardest working organs in the body, the brain requires fuel to function. Where does that most of that fuel come from? Energy foods.
When you feed your body healthy nutrients, you mentally and physically function at a higher level – ultimately increasing your mental performance and productivity overall.
Picture it. It’s 3pm. You’re starting to crash from your morning caffeine rush, but you have a presentation in an hour.
Rather than reach for your third cup of coffee – which, let’s face it, will only give you a jolt to get you through the next few hours – you’re looking for something more substantial with longer-lasting energizing effects.
That’s where energy foods come in.
Caffeine addictions aside, the sad truth is many of us unknowingly sabotage ourselves with poor food choices. When it comes to your brain health, there’s no denying that your diet plays a major role.
Chances are you’ve already heard of a few energy foods: fruit, green leafy vegetables, and nuts being the most common. However, you may be surprised to learn there are many other nutritious foods (many of which you may already be eating!) that pack a powerful punch . . .
Not only are avocados delicious – and taste amazing with almost everything – they also boost your brain function and fire up your brain cells by increasing blood flow, particularly with aiding memory and mental performance.
Another fun fact: avocados contain potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure and folate which helps prevent blood clots.
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Although beets may not be the most popular food in the veggie family, they are one of the best energy foods with a long list of health benefits. Along with boosting blood flow to the brain and improving focus, beets are loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants.
As it turns out, many athletes eat beets for the nitrates, which improve endurance and overall performance. Experts recommend three to five beets per serving to see results.
If you’re a seafood fan, you’re in luck! Did you know people with more fish in their diets are less likely to develop memory problems? Filled with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is known for its brain-boosting benefits.
High in protein, salmon also keeps hunger at bay – an energizing meal that’s ideal for those watching their weight. As an added bonus, research shows the healthy fats in salmon promote heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Containing omega-3 fats, vitamin B6 and B12, choline, iron and magnesium, caviar is one of the most nutrient-rich energy foods. The only downside is that caviar tends to be on the expensive side, in which case, see number 3 on our list.
5. Dark Chocolate
We clearly saved the best for last. Packed with powerful antioxidants and natural stimulants, dark chocolate improves focus, concentration and mood.
But don’t get carried away – less is more! 1 ounce is all you need to reap the health benefits.
Say Yes to Energy Foods and Goodbye to Fatigue!
It’s true: “you are what you eat.” A healthy mind and a healthy body are inherently linked. Adopting healthier eating habits will have a positive ripple effect on your entire being – not only on a physical level, but on a mental level as well.
This article originally appeared on YogiApproved.