Yes, we can get smarter and happier through food! Science now shows that what we eat actually has the power to reduce depression and anxiety, boost the brain’s functioning capacity, improve our mood, make our kids smarter, and more! Here are a few basic principles to eat for brain health and optimal functioning:
- You've heard it before and it's still just as true - get your Omega-3! Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our bodies and our mental health. Since our bodies do not produce these essential fatty acids, we must be sure to get them through nutrition, such as organic seafood, walnuts, flaxseed, or a fish oil supplement. Studies show that increased intake of omega-3's is linked with improved cardiovascular health, stabilized blood sugar levels, improved nail and hair quality, enhanced cognitive functioning and decreased rates of depression.
- Want to boost your mood and your energy? Obvi you do! Make sure to get enough Vitamin B-12 in your diet. B12 has shown to increase energy, and has been linked with decreased depression and even decreased dementia. Many are deficient in B12 without knowing it, especially vegetarians. You can get your B12 intake through organic quality meats, sea vegetable nori, or a supplement.
If you want more info on eating for brain health, I highly recommend the cookbook, Eat Complete by Dr. Drew Ramsey, which both provides the scientific rationale behind the best foods for your brain and tasty recipes to put it into action!