Brain Snacks for a Strong Active Mind
Food has a large impact on one’s overall health. According to T. Colin Campbell, author of the China Study, the underlying factors of most chronic illnesses are the same and can be related to diet, which includes brain health.
By eating well, the mind stays more active and is protected longer from the effects of aging and from harmful health conditions. While it's difficult to eat well all of the time, here are five foods that can supplement your diet easily and are good for the health of your mind.
Almonds are not just delicious and a good way to get protein and fiber, they also help repair brain cells, contain Vitamin E which may prevent cognitive decline, and provide fatty acids which can make the nerves in the brain stronger. Try snacking on raw almonds from Fat Uncle Farms in California.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants which reduces damage to the cells of your body, including your brain cells. The blue pigment in this berry is the source of this element which is so important for long term health. Hi-FiBar uses them in its Lemon Zest Blueberry snack bar.
Dark chocolate contains several elements which make you feel better, a key to mental wellness associated with brain health, and which improves memory and focus. The tryptophan in dark chocolate releases serotonin and endorphins which can lift your mood which is especially good to focus your mind on the positive instead of the negative which is healthier. Flavonoids in dark chocolate can increase blood flow to the brain. The improved circulation is helpful for improving memory and concentration. Puna Chocolate Co. from Hawaii grows cacao pods on its own farm on the big island so your dark chocolate is as fresh as it can be which preserves the nutrients.
Linden Leaf Tea
This medicinal tea uses linden leaf for a pleasant and mild herbal style tea. This tea can help reduce stress, anxiety and tension headaches, as well as insomnia. It relaxes and nourishes blood vessels all of which reduces pressure on the mind and lets it function better.
The meat or fruit of the coconut contains coconut oils which has a wide range of health benefits including improving brain health. With coconut butter, you also get fiber which regulates the body freeing up the mind to focus and concentrate on what you choose. Try Philospher's Stoneground coconut butter, standard and with chocolate!
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