Healthy brain food
Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
Tired after a long day of classes?
Finding it difficult to concentrate on homework or while studying?
As we age, so do our bodies and minds.
There is a simple way of maintaining normal brain health by adding a few healthier food options into our diets.
This way brain function and concentration can increase especially with finals about to be knocking at the door.
There has always been hype about supplements that will help you focus and even increase your IQ.
But do they really work?
You may find it is more beneficial to try a more natural approach.
You will probably surprise yourself with the difference you will see.
Used for late night studying and paper writing, caffeine is one stimulant that will keep you alert and focused.
Mainly found in chocolate, coffee and energy drinks, it provides a short-term boost of energy. The key work here is short-term.
It is important not to overdo it on caffeine because after the energetic effects wear off, it may leave you uncomfortable and edgy.
Do not get confuse this with table sugar but with glucose.
The body metabolizes sugars and carbohydrates which provides glucose, the main source of fuel for the brain that keeps it energized.
However, too much sugar or refined carbohydrates at one time can actually deprive your brain of glucose.
By doing this, the brain’s energy supply is slowly compromising the power to concentrate and remember.
Instead if grabbing a sugar loaded candy bar, try snacking on a banana or an orange.
Not only are fruits a healthier option, they contain natural sugars that will keep you from packing on the pounds.
“There have been varies of studies conducted that show that eating right and keeping in shape helps increase mental abilities and keeps away diseases like Alzheimer’s,” sophomore Reem Abdelrazik said. “My P.E. teacher in high school used to say that if your body is sluggish, then your mind’s not far behind.”
It turns out that breakfast is one, if not the most, important meals of the day.
Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast perform significantly better than students who do not.
Researchers have found that dairy, fruits and high-fiber whole grains are the best for concentration.
So, make sure to think twice before skipping breakfast.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for proper brain growth and function.
Incorporating it into your diet has been linked with lowering dementia and increasing memory overtime.
Popular foods that contain omega-3s are fish, seeds and nuts.
Always strive for a balanced diet that is filled with a variety of different food groups.
Try not to over or under eat by constantly providing your body with clean fuel.
“Your body is like a car and you have to give it the proper fuel,” Ashley Garney. said. “You would never put lemonade in your gas tank so why would we put unhealthy food into our systems?”
Try combining these brain foods with proper hydration, regular exercise and a good night’s sleep.
Your brain will thank you.
You will see a difference over time in the energy you have from eating clean, and your concetration throughout the day will improve.