I have heard you talk a lot about the importance of experience in brain development but as a certified nutrition I think it is important to talk about food too.
Why is Brain Food good for you?
We know that the foods we eat affect the body.
But they may have even more of an influence on how the brain works—it’s general tone and level of energy and how it handles its tasks. Mood, motivation and mental performance are powerfully influenced by diet.
The brain is an extremely metabolically active organ, making it a very hungry one, and a picky eater at that. It’s becoming pretty clear in research labs around the country that the right food, or the natural neurochemicals that they contain, can enhance mental capabilities—help you concentrate, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, magnify memory, speed reaction times, defuse stress, perhaps even prevent brain aging.
According to the most current research, a brain-healthy diet is one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol. Like the heart, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients, including protein and sugar, to function well. A brain-healthy diet is most effective when combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction.
But Add these ‘super foods’ to your daily diet, and you will increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life.
My Top 20 Brain Foods.
4. Whole Wheat
5. Oranges (Note Must Be Organic)
8. Apple (Note Must Be Organic)
9. Avocados (Note Best in Antioxidant)
11. Berries (Note Must Be Organic and Best in Antioxidant)
14.Spinach (Note Must Be Organic and Best in Antioxidant)
16. Red Bell Pepper (Note Must Be Organic and Best in Antioxidant)
20. Plums (Note Must Be Organic and Best in Antioxidant)
I forgot chocolate now it is list as one of the best brain foods.
Kate is the founder of Learn and Grow Books, which is a website for parents and teachers of pre-K children.