Food for a Healthy Mind

Mira Pawar By Mira Pawar, 14th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Like every other part of our body, our brain also requires good blood flow in order to function quickly and effectively. Recent research considers that a morning shot of beet juice may help ensure good circulation to our head and aid in flow of brilliant ideas.

Food that assist blood flow to the brain

Like every other part of our body, our brain also requires good blood flow in order to function quickly and effectively. Recent research considers that a morning shot of beet juice may help ensure good circulation to our head and aid in flow of brilliant ideas.
Beetroots are considered very good source of nitrates which helps the blood vessels to relax and better assist blood flow and oxygen circulation. In a recent study researchers discovered that drinking 15 ounces of beet juice with breakfast has proved to be very beneficial. A brain scan on the very following day after consuming beet juice showed improved blood flow in the brain.
It is also believed that nitrites can help our blood pressure also. However beets are not only the remedy to enhance memory. Similar nutritional benefits can be availed from fresh non processed foods like celery, fennel, leeks, leafy greens and cabbage.
If your memory is failing you, check what's on your plate. To maintaining a sound mind, proper sleep and regular exercise is needed. But besides this, it is essential to eat the right way to acquire a healthy mind and body. Until recently, researchers believed that whatever brain development was made in our youth is all we had to live with which is now proved contrary. It is now very strongly believed that our brain has the ability to re-develop and regenerate. So if care is taken, our brain development can continue as long as we desire. Having said that it becomes imperative to know what is essential in attaining this condition.
It would be advisable to get enough omega-3 fatty acid. DHA (Omega-3 fat that can prevent heart attack and dementia) is the ultimate brain food which keeps the walls of our brain cells flexible and in fluid form to be able to communicate with one another. In fact, our brain is 60% fat and half of it is DHA. Our body is unable to produce DHA so we get it from required food and supplements. It has been noticed that when people with less memory took DHA daily for 6 months, their brain proved 3 years younger. Normally, we get only 100 milligrams of DHA in a day. But we should aim for 900 milligrams for best results. The best source of DHA is by taking an algae-based DHA supplement, DHA enriched food and eating salmon and trout.
Another essential food is fruits and vegetables. Spinach, brilliant orange pumpkin, deep red raspberries, and bright yellow peppers are any time better than supplements. The compounds found in rainbow-hued produce not only directly disarm free radicals but also switch on genes that muster our body's own antioxidant defence system.
Even a little dehydration can blur our thinking so we must drink enough water and ensure to sip every now and then especially while exercising. It is always better to sip the water rather than gulping down the entire bottle. Our body cannot absorb more than one glass in twenty minutes.
Here is the most interesting of it all, Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pecans are all rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats that help keep our arteries clear and help the blood flow to our brain. Nuts also provide the raw materials our body uses to produce mood-boosting serotonin in the brain. It is suggested to consume an ounce of nuts a day. Twelve walnut halves or twenty-four almonds would be just appropriate to have through the day.
Recent studies and research have ascertained the fact that Dark chocolates which have 70% more cocoa, boosts levels of feel-good dopamine and provides flavonoids (vitamin P and citrin) that helps keep arteries young. Consumption is restricted to ΒΌ ounce four times a day.

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I completed my journalism from ICS, Scranton in the year 1996 and specialise indoing feature stories

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author avatar Denise O
15th Feb 2011 (#)

Really good sound advice.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar muthusamy
21st Feb 2011 (#)

Very informative and educative presentation. I like it

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author avatar Mira Pawar
21st Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks Denise and Muthusamy for appreciating

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Though you have listed many tips for healthy mind, this writeup is the best food to my mind first of all.

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author avatar Mira Pawar
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks Rathnashikamani! Appreciate your comment.

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