We’re all aware of the fact that the brain is the most important part of our body. It controls all of our actions, thoughts and many more. Heck, even my brain is responsible for this article. It is only natural to think that taking care and maintaining good brain function is a top priority – that’s what the brain says.
Sleep is good for the brain since it actually promotes the development of new brain cells (I should sleep more often, I need more brain cells). Breathing properly can give adequate amounts of oxygen for the brain.
Moving on, same with other health tips for other body parts and health conditions, a person’s diet is extremely important in maintaining brain health. Here are some of the food that we can include in our diet to benefit our brains:
Hot peppers, more specifically jalapenos, provide the brain the necessary amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Folate or folic acid, play a significant role in the regulation of specific amino acids that the nervous system requires. Folate deficiency, on the other hand, can increase homocysteine levels, which is a precursor to neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. If you’re not fond of spicy food, an alternative would be existing supplements.
Herb teas have two ways of promoting brain health. Aromatic teas like spearmint and rosemary show aromatic stimulant effects, keeping your brain alert. Gingko and ginseng have a more direct effect on the brain, by maintaining adrenal and pituitary gland health.
Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids that are good brain boosters. These fatty acids can actually affect a person’s IQ. (I think I should eat more of these). Lack of these fats can cause problems like low IQ and depression. For those who don’t like fish, supplements can be used instead.
Nuts and berries do not necessarily cure diseases of the brain, but they can help improve memory (students would love to have good memory… everyone does). All kinds of nuts are known to be good for the brain. Meanwhile, berries have preventative properties which reduce the risks of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Water. Of all the things that can be consumed to maintain brain health, water is essentially vital. A well hydrated brain is alert and more capable of concentrating. Though some teas and juices can hydrate the brain and provide medicinal benefits, nothing beats pure water. Sufficient amounts of clean water can keep the brain working efficiently.
Treasure your brain and keep it healthy. It’s very important.