Feed your Head
Your brain needs food just as much as your body does. A full-functioning mind depends on a diet rich in antioxidants, fiber, and Omega-3 fats. Eat some of these smart foods every day to keep your thinking sharp, because the road to clear thinking is paved with clean ingredients.
B6, B12 and folic acid
These B vitamins are associated with improvements in cognition and memory and may also reduce the risk of stroke and dementia. You'll find them in dark, leafy greens, fish, meat, and poultry.
Want to be happier, smarter, and remember more of what you learn? Load up on strawberries, kale, kiwi, and cauliflower. These vitamin C-rich foods may be the key to a higher functioning brain. This vital antioxidant supports the neurotransmitters that impact the ability to focus and remember. It also protects against age-related brain degeneration.
If you've ever admired the pink blush of an apricot or the deep vermillon hue of a watermelon, it's thanks to the cartenoid known as lycopene. It provides protection againist many of neuro-degenerative incidences and diseases such as strokes, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease. Pink grapefruit, papaya, and cooked tomatoes are all excellent sources of this anti-aging antioxidant.
A key mineral for cognitive function, zinc provides an energy boost, helps prevent depression, and protects the brain against many of the negative effects of getting older. Head to the oyster bar if you're looking for a good dose of zinc. Those briny bivalves have more of that mighty mineral than any other food. You'll also find it in red meat, beans, nuts, and chocolate.
Exercise Your Mind
Summer is a great time to move your fitness program from the gym to the streets (and the trails). While we all know that it’s wise to exercise, it’s also true that exercise makes you wise. Researchers have been studying how working out affects the brain, and they’ve found compelling evidence that strong bodies and sharp minds go hand-in-hand.Read more