Are you feeling anxious or stressed? Or have difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly? I know things are stressful. The world is chaotic. It’s harder to stay focused nowadays, and it seems like we’re becoming more anxious than we used to be. Let’s attack the chaos head-on – with our heads! Let me tell you: food is brain power! And what you eat can affect your mood.
- Our brain needs nutrients to function. Your brain needs fats like omega-6 and omega-3 to keep it working well. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel provide omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, zinc, selenium and other brain boosters.
- Limit sugary and high-fat processed foods, and opt for plant foods like fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
- Pay attention to your gut. Your gut and your brain use similar chemicals. Keeping your gut healthy can keep your brain healthy too, and make you feel better. Healthy gut foods include fermented foods, such as kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, and yogurt with live active cultures. Remember that it might take time for your gut to get used to a new way of eating, so make changes slowly.