8 Brain Foods That’ll Reenergise You This WinterJanuary 16, 2017
It’s Blue Monday which means it’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. How awful! Fortunately the foods you choose can have a big impact on mood and brain function. Here’s a list of foods you should try adding to your diet… we’re sure they’ll make you feel a lot better.
Salmon & Flaxseed
Oily fish like salmon are the best dietary sources of omega 3 fatty acids. These fats are a key mood-boosting ingredient that the body cannot produce itself. Aim for at least 1 serving of oily fish per week or 1 tbsp of flax oil daily.
Watercress is a particularly rich source of folate. Folate is important to the production of the happy brain chemical, serotonin. Deficiencies in folate due to dietary insufficiency or (ahem!) excessive alcohol consumption can lead to symptoms of depression. So add these greens to boost your folate intake!
Red cabbage sauerkraut
This fermented food can help promote the healthy microbes that reside in your digestive tract. This healthy bacteria produces neurochemicals that play a role in brain activity to change how you think and feel.
Nuts and seeds
As you may already know, nuts and seeds are great sources of healthy fats. Sixty percent of the brain is made up of fat, so if healthy fats are lacking in the diet, it can have a big impact on mood and cognition. Nuts and seeds are also high in vitamin E and brain-strengthening minerals like magnesium which can help prevent cognitive decline.
Our brain needs healthy protein for the amino acids that are used as building blocks for neurotransmitters. Eggs are a great source of amino acids as well as the phospholipid choline. Your brain uses choline to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that may be important for maintaining memory. Try choose omega 3 enriched eggs for an extra brain boost! If you’re a beginner in the kitchen, here’s how to cook the perfect boiled eggs, to get you started.
Try our Egg and Avocado Crackers.
Big surprise! Chocolate makes us happy! We definitely don’t need science to tell us this, but there is, in fact, science to back up why. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and research has shown that these antioxidants may help reduce stress hormones like cortisol.