What we put in our mouths can have a positive impact on the rest of our bodies. It is important for us as biological beings to provide our body with the right fuel it needs to give us energy and healing aid. If you follow the tips given below then you are much more likely to be healthy, strong and active. It is good to start eating foods that compliment your health as early as possible.
Low Gi Wholegrain includes oats, rye, barley, quinoa and rice which slowly releases energy into our body thus keeping you mentally alert and focused. Choose a delicious whole grain bread for your breakfast. If you are on a gluten-free diet then try Buckwheat (barley), Rye, Quinoa, wild rice or millet.
Drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day is very essential for our health and studies show that those who hydrate score better on brainpower tests.
- Fatty Fish:
Seafood that contains Omega-3 fatty acids are Salmon, Tuna and Mackerel; which play an essential role in a healthy mind and body. You can prepare Mackerel pate by blending the fish with lemon, horseradish, crème fraiche and butter. There are plenty of leafy greens, nuts, beans, seeds and lentils high in omega-3 Fatty acids for vegetarians.
Avocados are a rich source of Vitamin E which can reduce the risk of Alzheimer. Enjoy as a guacamole, mixed with tomato, lime, coriander, onion, and chili.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which protects the brain from the kind of free radical damage that may result in dementia as well as protecting the heart. You can eat these on toast, add to the salad or just slice and serve.
Blackcurrant is one of the best sources of vitamin C which has long been known as essential for mental agility. Make delicious jam out of this fruit by adding sugar and lemon juice. Or for a more healthy option, make a smoothie, or sprinkle some on your muesli in the morning for an added zing.
- Pumpkin seeds:
For better memory enhancement and focused thinking, take a handful of pumpkin seeds which contain zinc.
Chocolate can help boost brainpower as well as lowering blood pressure. It needs to be dark chocolate containing at least 70% Cocoa. You can melt it and spread on toast and enjoy in the afternoon with a cup of tea.
- Cruciferous veggies:
Vegetables like Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower are packed with vitamin C and carotenoids (which are brain defenders) as well as vitamin E, potassium, calcium, and folate. It is advisable to steam these vegetables to get the most benefit, best taste, and least fat.
A study has shown that those who have 1-6 drinks a week are more than 50% less likely to develop dementia than those who don’t drink at all.
These are just a few ways in which food and drink help you to maintain a healthy mind and body.