brain foodSo I have finally accepted the reality that I have quite a short concentration span! 

Some days I’m not too bad but other days it doesn’t matter how long I’ve meditated on my third eye chakra, or how much green tea I have been drinking…..It’s just not happening!!!!

Food is the fuel that regulates our energy and mood, both of which can significantly affect our focus.

Food also has an incredible ability to affect our mental clarity and memory.

Research shows that what you eat is one of the most powerful influences on everyday brain skills, says Cynthia Green, PhD and  director of Brain Power Game Plan.

Sorry to be a party pooper but studies are now showing that cognitive decline is not something that hits you in old age….a decrease in memory and reasoning capacity can start to affect our brains in our early forties!

If you know me, by now you know I’m in the prevention game! So lets dive into those foods that help keep our brains rocking and get that laser focus back into our day……

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is a great natural energiser. Pollens are about 40% protein and are rich in folic acid, free amino acids, and lots of B complex, which keep you going all day by enhancing the brain’s stamina and fighting off fatigue.

Celery

Celery is high in luteolin, a plant compound that is said to lower the rates of age-related memory loss. Luteolin calms inflammation in the brain, which scientists are now proving to be the primary cause of neuro-degeneration.

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They both  contain tryptophan, which the brain converts into serotonin to boost your mood and combat anxiety and depression. Plus a handful a day will give you your daily recommended amount of zinc, which aids in enhancing memory and thinking skills.

Dark Chocolate ( yay!)

The flavonols  in good quality dark chocolate improve blood vessel function, which improves blood flow to the brain and doing so improves cognitive function and memory.

Cacao is my favourite and it’s incredibly powerful as it contains 15 times more antioxidants than blueberries and 20 times more than green tea. Well worth the investment.

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The nitrates found in spinach and beetroot increase blood flow to the brain and improve mental performance. These nitrates help open blood vessels in the body increasing blood flow and oxygen to the brain which helps boost it’s function.

Walnuts

When you look at a walnut you do have to wonder if it’s a massive sign from mother nature telling us we need to eat them to improve our brain function!

They do look like a brain!brain food

Not only are they high in antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals, the plant-based omega 3 fatty acid found in walnuts – alpha-linolenic acid – is extremely beneficial for memory, concentration and overall  brain health.

Take action now and get these brain loving foods in your life.

You might not be remembering algebra sequences but it might help stop some of those mad moments when you can’t find your car keys, or walk into a room and completely forget what you went in there for!!

Have a great week

Alexandra ♥

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