Yes you read it right….you can really give your brain a boost by watching what you eat.
Your brain is a highly complex centre of command, controlling all coordination, emotional, sensation, nervous and intellectual activity. It manages every function of your body and therefore we want to keep it a strong as possible.
It is essential to keep the brain working at it’s optimal level, and fortunately for us this can be very simple to achieve. Here are some simple ways that you can build a strong brain with your diet alone.
The top of the list can only be water. The brain is 85% H2O, and this substance is essential for providing electrical energy for the many activities that take place here. These include thought and memory processing, as well as the production of hormones and neurotransmitters.
Dehydration has been linked to lack of focus, memory loss, brain fatigue, headaches, anger and depression. More worryingly is the link that has been found between dehydration and dementia. It has been proven being 1% dehydrated leads to a 5% drop in cognitive function. Brain cells literally shrink in size and there is a decrease in brain mass after prolonged dehydration.
The brain has no capacity to store water, it is therefore essential to drink regularly throughout the day. Drinking 2 to 3 litres per day is recommended to maintain clarity and focus. Great hydration results in the ability to think faster, the brain is oxygenated and energised.
It may be possible to enhance the effects even further by drinking alkaline water, which is a fantastic source of antioxidants.
Start as you mean to go on
Skipping breakfast can negatively impact your focus, memory and mood. 8 hours of fasting is quite enough for your brain, it is hungry for a boost of nourishment by the morning. Even if you don’t feel like eating your brain would benefit from a nutrient packed meal.
Brain tissue has been found to hold the highest concentration of the fatty acid known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). This suggests that the brain is particularly hungry for this substance.
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