It’s a new year, and we’re all looking for ways to improve ourselves. When we get down to it, there is nothing that defines us more than our brains. Brains hold all of our dreams, desires, and memories all in one tight little bundle. We all try to eat right, and exercise, to improve our bodies, but how often do we think about what our brain needs?
Here are five nutrition tips that can help you get your brain ready for anything.
It’s not just about what you eat. Your brain is 73% water, which means that keeping it hydrated is vital. Water is a cheap and easy way to make sure you stay focused. Of course, don’t go overboard, but a glass of water an hour or so can help make a huge difference.
2- Healthy fats
Nuts and vegetable oils have healthy fats in them called monounsaturated fats. These fats allow more natural blood flow and can help with brain function. Slip some peanut butter, or a delicious avocado, into your diet, and your brain will thank you.
Eating sushi while studying or working can help improve brain function! The fatty omega-3 oils in fish like salmon and tuna can help you focus. Of course, if you’re just gulping down a fish meal before a test, it won’t make you Einstein. Like studying, nutrition is better to do gradually.
3- Take breaks
Sometimes all your brain needs is some rest. If you’ve been working nonstop, avoiding breaks and running yourself ragged, it may be time to take a break. Even if it’s just a half-hour, give your brain time to relax and get away from constant thought.
Our brains are muscles, and they need rest between intense work-outs, just like any other tissue does. If you don’t have much time, studies have shown that even 26-minute power naps can get you back to work and feeling rejuvenated. Make sure you get at least seven and a half hours of sleep every night and set your brain up for success.
If you’re feeling mental fog set in often, it could be a more serious issue. Anything from ADHD to problems with the tissue of your brain itself may be holding you back. If you feel like your mind is like a fish struggling against a current, it may be time to look into finding a neurologist. We take care of every other part of our bodies. Our brains need the same attention.
5- Dark chocolate
It seems like every day a new benefit comes up from dark chocolate. Not only does it have a small caffeine amount that will perk you up- but dark chocolate also has been found to increase blood flow to the brain. It’s a tasty snack you can keep in your bag or desk that will help you push through the day if you feel exhaustion setting in.
In the end, if your schedule is stressing you out, and none of these options help, it may be time to dig down and look into a change in lifestyle. Your mental health is extraordinarily essential, so take care of your brain.