Tuesday, September 3, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

Top 5 Foods to Keep Your Brain Healthy--

We gave your food to keep your hair healthy, now we have some to keep your mind healthy and sharp.  Many of them are perfect for snacking and easy additions to your diet.  

1. Don't completely avoid fat.
There's good fats and bad fats.  Some are more helpful to keeping your cholesterol in check, like omega-3 fatty acids.  They can be found in foods like leafy greens, almonds, walnuts, and fish.  These help counter depression.

2.  Enjoy herbs and spices.
They're not just for flavor. Cinnamon balances blood sugar, while oregano, garlic, and rosemary increase blood flow to the brain. Curry is also an anti-inflammatory.

3.  Protein for breakfast helps you focus.
Brunch is in, just like fancy breakfast dishes.  But, on the average day, grabbing an apple, having nuts, and eating eggs can set the stage for a more focused day.  They put your brain on track.

4.  Dark chocolate and nuts.
These are snacking favorites.  Who doesn't like chocolate.  Unsweetened chocolate helps keep you focused, and nuts help slow cognitive decline because of their vitamin E.  

5.  Blueberries keep you sharp.
You can eat them fresh, add them to smoothies, and many other dishes.  The benefits of blueberries can't be matched--particularly because they help reduce the affect of Alzheimer's and dementia.  

Keep these in mind the next time you make a grocery list.  They're worth it.   

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