It’s the first of the year. You know that time when we all make that, “I’m losing weight” declaration.
Let’s face it there is a lot that goes into that, so for today let’s focus on getting your brain in better shape so you can accomplish those weight loss goals.
While we all know eating right affects how you feel, were you aware that the right balance of vitamins and minerals will boost brain function?
Let’s look at six such items destined to change your life.
B-6 works to take brain chemicals and convert them to Serotonin with an added dose of dopamine to boot. These are what’s responsible for your mood, and keeping you alert. If you want to get this naturally, concentrate on your dark green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, garlic, tuna, cranberries, and bell peppers.
Found in meats, you need B-12 to form Myelin, which is what insulates nerves and protects them. B-12 is what protects you from nerve damage. You need B-12 to keep your memory sharp and your mood positive. B-12 is also what gives you clarity of thought and the ability to think swiftly through a situation and make decisions.
Vitamin C intercepts free radicals which age your body, including your brain. Found in many foods, you can easily get enough through a healthy, well-balanced diet, though it never hurts to take a supplement. Vitamin C also protects against Alzheimer’s, which is why it’s so important to make sure you’re getting enough.
Vitamin E likewise works against Alzheimer’s. An antioxidant, E also takes on the job of protecting your brain from damage. Adequate levels of Vitamin E in your diet can prevent damage caused by aging and Alzheimer’s, making it essential for brain health.
Also called folic acid, you find folate in lots of fruits and vegetables, as well as beans. It’s another member of the “B” family, which means you need it for a high-functioning memory and mood. Folate also protects your brain cells from damage, so you want to make sure you get plenty in your diet.
Magnesium is one of the great protectors against neurotoxins in the brain. Unfortunately, most magnesium is lost from food when it's cooked. While you find it in green leafy veggies, grains, and nuts, you’re still probably not getting enough. A supplement might be your best bet here.
By paying attention to what you eat and drink (or add as a supplement), you’ll discover a brand new you. Think clearer, remember more, and protect your brain against the effects of aging. Make sure your diet is balanced. The right vitamins and minerals will change your world.