I wanted to talk about foods for brain health. I am sure if you hang out in the life extension circles you keep hearing people supplementing with Ashwagandha, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Chaga thrown around. And I have tried all at some point in time. But the reality is they are not everyday foods, at least not yet.
Has foods for brain health anything to do with weight loss?
Maybe. Maybe not. The principle we follow at Desk Job Weight Loss is not to rule out any food groups. Eat foods that are good for you in general. And you will eventually lose weight.
I am sure you have heard it and seen it all if you ever went googling for advice on how to lose weight.
Stop eating Carbs.
Stop eating Fat.
Stop eating sugar.
Stop this. Stop that!! Eat this, not that!!
Well, the truth of the matter is you do not need to go on a low carb, or a low-fat diet.
All you need is RIGHT Carbs , RIGHT Fat and RIGHT Nutrition foods.
I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.
Go Fish And Stop Brain Fog!
If you are in a job that requires using your brain (That is probably all of the jobs or no jobs at all. You need to use that brain every second of your life)
In order for your brain to function optimally, chose brain-friendly foods! Sound brain health is key to your overall wellness. It will help your brain grow healthy cells, neurons make healthy connections, and operate efficiently.
Being calm helps you manage stress eating better as well, if you are the kind that eats an entire tub of ice cream because you are not feeling good, for no apparent reason.
Here are some recommendations for foods for brain health.
There may be more, but here is a start.
- Fish: wild-caught salmon and sardines (omega-3s)
- Berries: blueberries, blackberries (antioxidants)
- Greens: broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, spinach, collard greens, papaya (folate)
- Dark Chocolate
- Nuts + Seeds: almonds walnuts, ground flaxseed (omega-3s)
- Coffee, Teas, nootropics – such as Lions Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps and Chaga Mushrooms.
What are the best carbs to eat for brain health and weight loss?
The best carbs to feed your brain come from fruits and vegetables such as Berries, Greens, and really the old adage – eat a rainbow. The best fats to feed your brain come from Sardines, Salmon, Flaxseeds, Nuts, and Avocado. Not only does this fat keeps you feeling full longer it provides you with a burst of energy throughout your workday.
Folate is a water-soluble B-vitamin (B9), that is found in the greens like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, spinach, and collard greens to help strengthen the neurotransmitter function. You would also know it from the prenatal vitamins that are rich in folate to prevent the NTD (neural tube defects in the babies). And while we are on the topic of Folates, here is a recipe you might want to try Steamed/Sauteed/Stir Fry Green Beans and Broccoli.
Papayas are rich in folate as well as great for general digestive health besides being delicious.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate helps in improving memory. Yum. I will take 2 please!
Is Caffeine a good food for brain health?
I am a coffee and black tea addict, and I probably overdo it. Coffee and Teas have surprising brain-boosting effects. According to this study Caffeine improves concentration, memory recall, and physical performance. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out that Water and Caffiene are still the top most consumed liquids in the world. Not soft drinks, not alcohol, or got milk?
While Coffee and teas are perfect for their energy-boosting properties they come with a very-literal addiction. The nootropics mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Chaga are great for boosting energy levels if you are not into coffee and teas. I have tried some of them personally and they are great if you do not drink coffee and tea and want to try a non-addictive and more beneficial alternative.
Just remember to drink coffee and tea as coffee and tea. Not as Redbull, 5 hour energy or other supplements that promise quick energy.
Still here? In that case here are some recipes to try for your brain health and weight loss today.
Finally, here is another non-food way to boost your brain. Learn to solve a Rubik’s cube. Play some chess. Solve a math problem.
Look deep, Josh. It’s there. It’s twelve moves away, but it’s there. You’ve got him.– From the movie and book Searching for Bobby Fischer
How many moves ahead do you see in chess?
Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #80.