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Feed That Brain For The Ultimate Mind Boost

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Did you know that 20% of your daily calories go to your brain?

Feed it “the right stuff” and it will give you mental focus, optimal memory, fewer mood swings, and the feeling that you can tackle the tasks of the day!

There are 4 categories of nutrients to keep that brain
functioning beautifully:

1. Carbohydrates

Poor carbs – they got such a bad rap in the last few years.
But carbohydrates can be good because they are necessary!Your brain uses glucose (sugar) as its primary nourishment. That’s right – you need carbs in order to feel focused. Carbohydrates support the nervous system, which is key as your brain is filled with neurotransmitters – the cells that make everything happen in your brain.

To add the best carbs to your diet, choose:

  • Colorful vegetables
  • Fruit: berries
  • Whole grains: brown rice, sprouted grains, dark rye bread Sweet potatoes
  • Legumes: lentils, chick peas, red kidney beans

2. B Vitamins

Super critical to your brain health, B vitamins support the neurotransmitters of your brain, and your entire nervous center.

Choose:

  • Dark leafy vegetables: swiss chard, kale
  • Eggs
  • Beef, liver, chicken
  • Legumes: black beans, navy beans
  • Brewer’s yeast

3. Omega 3s

While your brain feeds on glucose, 70% of it is actually made of fat! So, it is critical to feed it the right type of fat, specifically Omega 3 fatty acids.

Fish is one of the most important brain foods because of its content in Omega 3s. Coldwater fish twice a week has been shown to help decrease depression, improve memory, and enhance sleep.

And no worries if you are not a fan of fish, or are vegetarian. Omega 3s also come in plant form, but in very small quantities so best to supplement if that is the case.

You can also use a good-quality omega-3 supplement.

Choose:

  • Coldwater fish: mackerel, tuna, salmon, trout, sardines
  • Walnuts
  • Seeds: chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds

Random fact: flax seeds must be ground in order for the body to get its health benefits.

4. Probiotics

There has been a LOT of talk about probiotics and that is good news! Think of probiotics as the nourishment for your healthy gut bacteria which influences key body functions:

  • The hormone serotonin is made 80% in the gut! This critical hormone regulates mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire & function. Without a healthy “gut” from good bacteria, this critical hormone is compromised.
  • Your gut contains billions of bacteria – some good, some bad. Probiotics fight the “bad” bacteria and toxins and build your immunity.
  • A lot of our food nutrients get absorbed in the gut; a healthy one means that we can absorb nutrients effectively.

Choose:

  • Yogurt (plain if possible), kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
Annie Gaudreault

As the founder of VEEV Health & Wellness, Annie Gaudreault supports women at mid-life and beyond by giving them the tools and strategies to take charge of their health so they are empowered to age with vitality and strength. A licensed holistic nutritionist, wellness coach and speaker, Annie helps make sense of all the health and wellness information out there, helping women make informed decisions to establish habits and systems that support their best health and best life, showing them that aging well is possible and that some of their best years are yet to come.

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