Have you been searching for ways to increase focus and improve memory? Do you want to stave off brain fog and lower your risk of dementia? In this blog we’ll look at twenty plant based foods that can have a positive impact on brain health.
Although the brain only accounts for about 2% of an average adult’s body weight, it utilizes about 20% of the calories we consume. With this in mind, it’s important to supply our brain with the nutrients it needs to function optimally.
The brain regulates all of the body’s functions, and what we eat has an impact on brain health, influencing mood, emotions, and cognitive function. This vital organ requires a wide array of nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals. As such, a varied whole foods plant-based diet can help protect and improve brain function and prevent cognitive decline.
The Gut-Brain Connection
Some foods contain nutrients that nourish and support the brain, while others affect brain function via the gut. Research continues to show that there is a connection between our gut health and brain function. The gut microbiome can affect our mood and emotions, as-well-as cognition. Building and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome can be achieved by eating a whole foods plant-based diet rich in prebiotic and probiotic foods.
Lifestyle Factors & Brain Health
In addition to the food we eat we eat, there are lifestyle factors that can help support a healthy brain. These include regular physical and mental exercise, staying hydrated, managing stress, fostering healthy relationships, being part of a like-minded community, and getting enough sound sleep.
So let’s look at twenty of the top foods to boost brain power. They all contain nutrients that can protect and improve cognitive function, including focus, memory, reasoning, and problem solving abilities.
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Share in the comments below which of these brain boosting foods you’ll be including in your diet.
RESOURCES & FURTHER INFO
1. Learn about the metabolism of the brain at https://www.pnas.org/content/99/16/10237
2. The connection between the gut microbiome and the brain – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5414803/, http://depts.washington.edu/mbwc/news/article/the-gut-microbiome-and-brain-health
3. For vegan plant-based recipes, visit the recipe section of our website at https://www.replenishhealth.net/recipes/