Eating healthily makes us feel great! Lots of nice wholegrain, lean proteins and vegetables make for a happy body, but did you know our brains like a good meal too? Research has shown that particular foods and nutrients can have a positive effect on the brain, maintaining natural functions, keeping cells healthy and contributing to overall wellbeing.
This doesn’t mean it’s time to run off to the store for expensive and unnecessary vitamins and supplements – you can get everything you need from simple, everyday foods. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Yep, brains love wholegrain! Just like the rest of our body, our brains need energy from carbohydrates which you can get from eating lots of lovely wholegrains such as brown rice, bread and cereals. As an added bonus, wholegrains have a lower GI than their white, refined counterparts meaning that you will stay fuller for longer.
Healthy fats and oils
Yep! Fatty Acids may not be instantly associated with health, but omega-3 fats are great for our brains along with EPA and DHA. Foods such as pumpkin seeds, soya beans and linseed oils are good sources for these.
Fruits and nuts
A staple snack for any health-conscious eater, fruits and nuts are a great source of essential fats and vitamins to keep our brains happy. With lots of natural protein, omega-3 and vitamins E and B6 these nutritional powerhouses are the perfect snack to keep on your desk. Fruits are good too! Blueberries, blackberries, grapes and apples are just a few varieties that are packed full of antioxidants and vitamins.
This is perhaps the best news of all – dark chocolate is fully loaded with antioxidants and a touch of natural caffeine which helps us feel healthy and alert. It also triggers the release of a substance called serotonin which creates a short-term burst of wellbeing and happiness. Of course don’t go out and start eating tons of chocolate, but by all means enjoy a few blocks of the dark stuff once in a while.