We’ve all had days where we have things which need doing, like yesterday, but we just can’t think straight and have no brain power.
I especially have those days when I have a hangover!
But did you know there are actual foods you can eat to give you that short-term grey matter boost getting your mind back on top form.
Of course it goes without saying the best approach is to maintain a healthy diet as much as you can.
But if you feel like your memory is failing, and you’re knackered, get some of these down you to get your brain power back up to scratch.
The top four foods to give your brain power some get up and go
No surprise here – but be warned, too much coffee can actually make you jittery, and then you won’t be able to think clearly.
Elizabeth Somer, author of 10 Habits That Mess Up A Woman’s Diet reveals “Coffee is good in the short-term.
“One or two cups can improve alertness and brain power temporarily.
“But if you keep going back for cup after cup, you’ll be too rattled to think clearly.”
And it can actually make you MORE tired if you end up mainlining it to stay alert, then you get withdrawal.
Nasty! So go easy ladies!
Ann Kulze, MD, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss & Lifelong Vitality, recommends another option.
She suggested green tea instead of coffee: “It can boost concentration, help you focus, and provide antioxidants,” she says.
Carbs for Concentration
Yes it’s true!
And would you believe you can even eat an English muffin, with some peanut butter – I’m sad to say a little portion, to help your brain power.
Add a glass of orange juice and you will be firing on all cylinders.
Somer says: “It will help boost concentration and brainpower, and is better than going in on an empty stomach.”
And before you reach for the jelly beans or a Snickers, it’s quality complex carbs which do the trick.
And don’t go too heavy on the portion size – yes you can tuck into some pasta, but a huge bowl will leave you wanting a siesta.
Glucose for Memory
Sugar highs – do these help when the last thing you feel is en pointe?
The view is maybe get it from something other than the sweet stuff – go for whole grains the a sugar hit.
Somer revealed: “You’ll get the glucose level you need without the spikes.”
Get some fish and eggs into your diet
If you want to take a long term approach to boosting your brain cells, it’s those omega-3 fatty acids that do it.
Somer says: “People who eat lots of omega-3 maintain brain capacity, concentration and alertness much better.”
Kulze recommends getting your daily dose of the good stuff from oily, cold-water fish, like salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and trout.
Wild Alaskan salmon is the best.
According to Kulze:”It has a lot of omega-3, plus other brain nutrients such as the B vitamins and selenium.”
You can also get your omega 3s in fortified eggs – so that’s omelette for breakfast.
Try and have a portion three times a week.
You’ll be the brain of Britain in no time!
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