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Q:

I’m writing a PhD thesis and I would like to know what kinds of food help to stimulate the brain while still eating healthy and staying fit!

Sent in by Rachel H, on 14-Sep-2011, under Nutrition.

A:

My first advice is to cut out refined sugar such as white bread, white rice, white flour pasta, and sugar from sweets and desserts. Refined sugars are known to cause tiredness and brain fog, not to mention worse things such as diabetes. So getting some lean protein in your diet is important to keep blood sugar levels balanced.

Speaking of protein, fish (especially the fatty kind like salmon, halibut, sardines and cod) is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is one of the main components of the brain. Eating foods rich in omega-3 (walnuts, flaxseeds, olive oil, beans, and fish) increases concentration, and promotes positive mood and emotions.

Next, add some fruit and vegetables to your diet. Your brain can get damaged due to formation of free radicals with age. And what is the best way to stop these free radicals? Antioxidants – vitamins found in many fruit and vegetables, especially those that have high Vitamin E, C and beta-carotene content. Berries of any kind, spinach, broccoli, beets, avocados, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, plums and kiwis are some examples of foods with the highest antioxidant content.

Lastly, increase you water intake, because your brain consists of 80 percent of it. If you want your brain to function properly it needs adequate hydration. Green tea has also been known to increase brain functioning and help with mental relaxation and alertness.

Good luck with your PhD thesis!

Source: http://womenshealth.about.com/od/fitnessandhealth/a/goodbraingreat.htm






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