I love filling my brain with ways to stay healthy! So I read a lot and listen to podcasts that motivate and inspire me. This information is from a podcast called KwikBrain by Jim Kwik.
With so many cognitive disorders these days, it is important that we do whatever we can to keep our noggin functioning at it’s very best for as long as possible. My grandfather had Parkinsons Disease so I’m acutely aware of how a degenerative disease can affect a family. Alzheimers is also becoming more prevalent.
The good news is there is something we can do about it. One of those things is simply making sure we include some of these healthy foods in our diet. Here’s Jim’s top ten:
Avocados – High in monounsaturated fat which contributes to healthy blood flow
Blueberries – Antioxidant; enough said!
Broccoli – Vitamin K enhances cognitive function. Bonus: high in fiber
Coconut oil – Medium Chain Triglycerides = brain fuel
Eggs – Choline is great for memory and also contains Omega 3 and Vitamin E
Green Leafy Veggies – like spinach, kale, collard greens contain Vitamin E and Folate
Salmon & Sardines – Wild caught deep water salmon contains Omega 3’s and DHA
Turmeric – Reduces inflammation and improves the immune system. Also an antioxidant and food for brains oxygen intake. Be sure to take with black pepper which helps your body absorb the turmeric.
Walnuts – High in antioxidants, Zinc, and Vitamin E which protects the neurons that fight against brain aging. And magnesium which is good for mood.
Dark Chocolate – Focus, concentration, endorphins (also improve mood). The darker the chocolate the better. My rule of thumb is that it has to be at least 70% chocolate to be considered dark chocolate.
If you get a chance, listen to Jim’s podcast Kwik Brain here or wherever you get your podcasts. He demonstrates a great memory tool for remembering the foods above. It’s really fun and every time we use our brain in a different way it helps to make it stronger.
I am an acupuncturist, mother of 2, dog mom and exercise enthusiast in the Bay Area.
My mission is to help you bring your body into balance so that you can focus on being the best, most loving version of yourself.