Diet has a tremendous impact on your health. This is true for the entire body, but the effects may be greatest on the brain, especially as you age. There are many foods that boost brain activity and health. Including these foods in your diet decreases the rate of mental decline and the risk of developing many debilitating diseases.
Include the following raw foods in your diet to boost brain function and overall health:
Blueberries. This favorite has been shown to enhance memory and increase the rate of brain cell growth. The antioxidant properties help to prevent cell damage. It’s believed that blueberries are one of the foods that can help to increase lifespan.
Chocolate.I’m not talking about the chocolate in the checkout line, but raw cacao. This is one of the strongest antioxidants you can consume. It’s also been shown to increase blood flow in the brain. You’ll also enjoy decreased reaction times and improved memory.
Olive oil. Olive oil is considered to be one of the few healthy oils you can buy in the local supermarket. One of the benefits is due to the polyphenols in olive oil. Olive oil can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and improve memory and learning. Make sure that the olive oil you purchase is raw, cold-pressed, and organic.
Nuts. Many types of nuts are filled with healthy fats that are beneficial to brain health as long as the nuts are raw.
Cranberries.Several studies have indicated that cranberries are helpful after experiencing a stroke. Recovery occurs faster and is more complete. Cranberries can also reduce the damage caused by a stroke.
Green leafy vegetables. Vegetables like collard greens, kale, and spinach can slow the decline of cognitive functioning. Two servings each day can reduce the age of your brain by an equivalent of 11 years!
Avocados. Like olive oil, avocado contains monounsaturated fat. Avocados lower blood pressure and increase blood flow in the brain. Due to the high calorie content of avocados, many health professionals suggest limiting intake to half an avocado per day.
Pomegranates or pomegranate juice. A powerful antioxidant, pomegranate minimizes free-radical damage in the brain.
It’s challenging to enjoy life when your health is poor. Increasing the number, and the quality, of years that you enjoy is partially dependent on your nutritional lifestyle also known as diet. It’s easy to include a few of these brain-healthy foods each day. Make it a point to eat these foods raw, including at least one with each meal. Raw foods increase your energy levels, increases focus and clarity and builds your metabolism to help you release excess weight. Many of these foods also make excellent snacks!
Avoid waiting until your later years to begin worrying about your diet. Give it your full attention today. Diet is more effective at preventing health issues than it is at curing them. Start adding these healthy foods to your diet right away.