Get the Skinny: Brain Boosting Foods
Our diet can affect nearly every part of our bodies, inside and out. It turns out that what we eat also just might make us smarter. From memory to attention span, what we eat can help us stay sharp and perform our best at work and school.
We’re Getting the Skinny on 5 foods & drinks that can help to maximize brain power, energy and focus. While there’s no guarantee that simply consuming more of these foods will raise your IQ, every little bit helps!
- · Shown to improve memory and ability to learn.
- · Fresh and frozen are equally nutritious
- · Studies have shown that supplementing with a gram of sage might enhance memory and overall thinking skills (if you choose to incorporate sage as a supplement, check first with your physician or pharmacist to ensure that there are no interactions with medications)
- · Experiment with sage in cooking —pairs well with chicken, lean burgers, white beans & lentils
- · Higher-fat fish (think salmon, mackerel, sardines) are full of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fat that is essential for brain development and function
- · DHA may help memory and slow the rate of cognitive decline as we get older
- · Added benefit: Protein in fish may enhance alertness & memory more than carbs alone.
Green tea and coffee
- · Drinking caffeinated green tea or coffee can boost mental performance and alertness
- · Also shown to improve attention span, reaction time, and other thinking and learning skills
- · Being dehydrated can have negative impact on memory, attention span and motor skills.
- · Studies show that when students are allowed to bring water into exams, they perform better than students who didn’t.
- · How much: aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluid every day. So a person who weighs 150 pounds would need at least 75 ounces daily – more if you lose plenty of sweat regularly
- · And you’re not limited to water: Any alcohol-free liquid can count toward your fluid intake (even the above-mentioned caffeinated tea and coffee).