Many of us don’t realize how much of an impact the foods we eat have on our brains. We are now being made aware more and more that "brain foods" really do exist. Studies continue to show how our diet affects our memory’s ability to function as we age.
Chocolate, ice cream, potato chips, and deep-dish pizza may taste good while going down, but they do nothing to nourish our brain or body, while typically leaving us feeling bloated and sluggish.
Why not change simple eating habits to help live longer and remember better. We often hear medical professionals attest that healthy eating will lower our risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
If we can play a role in keeping our minds sharp and conditioned for the years to come, why not switch up the daily diet a bit?
Incorporate some of these super foods into your daily meal plan to help avoid memory loss in the years ahead.
1. Dark leafy green vegetables- are good sources of vitamin E and folate. More intake of vitamin E corresponds with less cognitive decline as we age. Kale, collard greens, spinach, and broccoli are just a few that can incorporated into your daily diet to help nourish your brain and memory retention.
2. Avocados- are monounsaturated fats, which help contribute to healthy blood flow; healthy blood flow means a healthy brain.
3. Fish- are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA. DHA is very important for the normal functioning of neurons. A few servings of fish each week can give your body the recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
4. Nuts & Seeds- are also great sources of vitamin E to help nourish the memory’s ability to function properly.
5.Blueberries- help to reverse age-related memory loss, because of its richness in antioxidants called flavonoids.
6.Dark chocolate- rich in antioxidants, particularly flavonoids which help to improve blood flow (and thus brain health). Its caffeine content is also thought to play a role in mental alertness.
7.Water- dehydration causes our brain tissue to actually shrink. Dehydration can also impair short-term memory, focus, and our decision making.