Nutrition

Feed and water your brain

Optimum memory function requires adequate nutrition for a working brain. The brain uses energy. You need to feed it and to keep it well-hydrated with water. Busy lives and multi-tasking sometimes means that people depend on fast food for their nutrition. This can leave you lacking in essential vitamins and minerals and feeling exhausted without knowing why.

The brain performs best on a varied diet of real food. Alzheimer’s Australia suggests the following diet to maintain a strong memory: unsaturated fats such as: olive, sunflower and safflower oils, avocados, olives, nuts, seeds and fish.

Antioxidant-rich foods such as: prunes, raisins, blueberries, other berries, spinach, brussel sprouts, plums, broccoli, beetroot, avocados, oranges, red grapes, red capsicums, cherries, kiwifruit, onions, corn, eggplant. Some drinks are also antioxidant-rich. For example: green tea, black tea, fruit and vegetable juices.

Folates are important to a healthy brain diet. Folates are found in green leafy vegetables like cabbage and brussel sprouts, as well as oranges, strawberries, bananas, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, lentils, dried beans, chick peas and wholegrain cereals.

Vitamins E from nuts, B12 from lean meats, and Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish, are protective of your memory and helpful.

Poor nutrition can result in a poor memory. People who have poor nutrition complain of things like -

  • being disorganised
  • poor focus – becoming easily distracted
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty multi-tasking
  • taking longer to finish things
  • thinking more slowly
  • not able to retain new information

Your prefrontal cortex – your ability to think, attend and plan -  is energy hungry. You need very good nutrition if you are under stress or just very busy. Take the time to have a meal or a snack to improve your ability to remember and learn. Associative Cognitive Recall (ACR) will help you understand how your brain works and why optimal nutrition is important.

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