Health: Brain Food

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For most of us life is hectic but a stressful day at work doesn’t have to be so stressful. When work life gets a little crazy try to balance it with healthy food!

Food can be powerful for both your brain and your body but certain foods can have more of an impact on your brain than others…and her are a few of them:

Oily Fish

In order to boost concentration, the nerve fibres that send messages between brain cells need to be insulated by a fatty substance called myelin. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3, found in oily fish, help build myelin, so try making mackerel on toast in the morning or taking a can of tuna into work to eat as a snack or, alternatively, take fish oil supplements such as cod liver oil every morning.

Blueberries

Blueberries have been labelled a super-food due to their high levels of polyphenols, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory compounds that positively impact the nervous system and brain function, helping to combat memory loss and enhance your mood. Not only will your colleagues appreciate a happier you, but your day will also be infinitely more productive.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes have been proven to have a positive long-term effect on the brain, so by eating a portion each day you are investing in your health. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which prevents free radicals from damaging brain cells. By avoiding cell damage, your attention span, memory and problem solving skills will be preserved and enhanced.

Goji Berries

These berries are powerful antioxidants that are rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A; a vitamin known for its ability to prevent an energy deficiency in the body. In the long-term the polyphenolic compounds in Goji berries have been proven to prevent depression. Try swapping your usual chocolate bar for dried Goji berries for an effective pick me up in-between meetings.

Green tea

Many of us are guilty of relying too heavily on coffee to get us through the day – especially those days when you have meeting, after meeting, after meeting. Although coffee stimulates the mind and improves concentration, it is common to experience short bursts of energy followed by a sharp plunge. For those wanting to kick the coffee habit, green tea is a great alternative; it contains less caffeine than coffee but will still act as a mild stimulant whilst simultaneously improving your health due to the amount of antioxidants and flavonoids it contains. Not only can it hinder the development of tumour-spreading blood vessels but it also helps offset the effects of alcohol by repairing liver damage, making it a great hangover remedy. But, most importantly, remember to drink lots of water – carry a water bottle with you at all times to ensure you are constantly hydrated.

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