These slow-burning complex carbohydrates provide excellent fuel for the brain. They are good sources of B vitamins, which help combat stress, thus promoting healthy blood flow throughout the body and to the brain. Their high fiber content also helps move toxins out of the body and has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels, which supports healthy brain function.
Leafy Green Vegetables
These mineral-rich foods are like fresh air for the brain. In addition to keeping the system alkaline, they oxygenate the body, keeping the brain sharp and promoting mental focus and clear thinking. They're also high in folic acid, which studies have shown can improve memory and brain function.
Salmon and Other Oily Fish
Oily fish is one of the best dietary sources of the omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for brain health. About two servings of oily fish per week should provide adequate essential fatty acids to keep the brain healthy.
Nuts and Seeds
Many studies have concluded that essential fatty acids found in nuts and seeds are vital for brain health. The most important is mono-unsaturated oleic acid, found in olives and nuts—particularly almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans and walnuts. Seeds such as flax and chia seeds are also excellent dietary sources of essential fatty acids.
Walnuts deserve a special mention. They are high in essential fatty acids that nourish the brain and they are said to help develop neurotransmitters for brain function.
Sprouts such as alfalfa and sunflower sprouts are loaded with antioxidants, chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids necessary for brain health. They are also high in digestive enzymes, which are key to longevity, and they promote the digestion and assimilation of nutrients necessary for the brain.
Lightly Caffeinated Teas
I find that a little caffeine first thing in the morning can help stimulate mental activity and clear thinking. White and green teas—particularly matcha, which is a powdered green tea—are high in polyphenols, which studies have shown can boost brain power and antioxidants that counteract the effects of oxidative damage to the brain.
Berries, particularly blueberries, blackberries and mulberries, are packed with antioxidants that promote brain health. Is there a more delicious way to feed your brain?
Just like our bodies, our brain needs an occasional cleanse and detox—not just from physical and environmental factors, but also from excessive thoughts and too much information. So it's important to find ways you can switch off and tune in to your inner calm place, such as meditating, listening to calming music, walking in nature, gardening or lying on a beach and listening to the sounds of the ocean. I have found that when my brain is calm, I can access my intuition and inner wisdom and let my creativity find its wings.
There's no better way to relax, unwind and clear your mind than putting your feet up with a lovely cup of green tea and one of my Orange Walnut Biscotti, created especially for your enjoyment.