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We’re getting down to the business end of the financial year and if your days are anything like ours, they’re sure to be busier than ever! We’ve found six foods that will help boost your brain and keep your memory sharp so your days can be perfectly productive.
We’re nuts about nuts at Sporteluxe HQ and here’s why! They’re extremely good for the brain and nervous sytem and are another great source of Omega-3, vitamin B6 and Vitamin E which has been shown to prevent many forms of dementia by protecting the brain from free radicals. Walnuts and almonds are some of the best. We love to keep a stash in a jar on the desk to snack on in-between meals!
Small but powerful, researchers have found that binging on a bowl of blueberries in the morning can boost your memory and concentration up to five hours later. Full of antioxidants, they will help improve the communication between neurons, improving memory, learning and all cognitive function. So if you’re prone to 3.30-itis, a bowl of blueberries could be the ticket to make the afternoons a more productive time of day!
Rich in Omega-3, fish is great to give your body the essential fatty acids it needs for healthy brain function. Studies have also shown Omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain development and are associated with a lower risk of depression and better mood, the expression of emotion and concentration. Start your week off right and make Monday a meat-free one.
We love this asian-inspired fish recipe by Lorna Jane Clarkson. It gives us the protein kick we need without it being high in saturated fats!
Carbohydrates are super important for any diet but look for ones that have a low-glycemic index because these ones are going to fuel your brain for longer. Carbohydrates like oatmeal are great for breakfast (especially in this cooler weather) because they’ll get your ticker going in the morning and will help you maintain your concentration and attention throughout the morning. You may not like carbs, but carbs sure like you so load yourself up in the morning to see your stomach straight through to lunch!
With lashings of Lycopene, tomatoes are very powerful in helping to combat dementia and may also improve mood balance. Studies have shown Lycopene can help you maintain optimal brain health for longer which will enable you to fight off any age-related decline in mental capabilities. Safe to say we’re making tomatoes a sandwhich staple from now on!
As if we needed another reason to load our plates up with avocado! It’s a powerhouse of a fruit (that’s right folks, it’s fruity in nature) and is rich in omega-3, omega-6, vitamin E and K and potassium. The omega-3 and omega-6 will increase blood flow to the brain while the Vitamin E will protect your body from free radical damage and the Vitamin K and potassium will protect your brain from the risk of stroke. Talk about delicious and nutritious!
Sporteluxe tip: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep during this busy time so your brain can function at its best! It’s recommended that you get between seven to nine hours each night. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, try turning off your phone an hour before hitting the hay. Read a book, chat to your loved one or do some meditation to calm your mind to get the best start to your snooze.