Use your breakfast in San Diego to sharpen your mind!

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Aging. Well there is no way around that, but thankfully research is showing that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain! Turns out what we eat have a lot to do with our brains functions. Living in San Diego or any city in general could get on your nerves and the more stressed out we get the more inflammatory cytokines our bodies’ release, these little chemicals informs the immune system to interfere and fight back against the stress through inflammation, as though stress is an infection. While inflammation helps protect us against illnesses and repairs the body when you do something like getting cut, chronic inflammation is a different thing. It’s been linked to autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, anxiety, high blood pressure and more. But what does this all have to do with food? Our gut helps keep our body’s immune responses and inflammation under control. Moreover, gut hormones that enter the brain or are produced in the brain influence cognitive ability, like understanding and processing new information, staying focused on the task at hand and recognizing when we’re full.Plus, brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on having these following whole nutritious foods included in our breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in top condition.

Extra Virgin olive oil

Rich in polyphenols, which are powerful brain protective antioxidants.

Extra Virgin olive oil

Salmon

A spectacular natural source of the omega-3 oil DHA. DHA plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health of brain cells and actually helps to stimulate the growth of brain cells in the brain’s memory center.

 

Blueberries

Power-packed with brain-protective antioxidants. Blueberries also help to reduce inflammation, a cornerstone of virtually all brain degenerative disorders.

Turmeric

Acts to turn on the parts of our DNA that help reduce inflammation. The important role of turmeric in brain health has been described in the Vedic texts dating back more than 3,000 years.

Walnuts

Rich in a variety of nutrients to support brain health including vitamin E, omega-3 fats, copper, manganese, and fiber for brain supportive gut bacteria.

Kale

A great low-carb vegetable that’s rich in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as potassium and iron.

Broccoli

High in sulfurophane, a chemical that aids in detoxification, reduction of inflammation, and control of damaging free radicals.

Avocado

High in monounsaturated fats to protect brain cells. They may also help lower blood pressure, which can reduce your risks for hypertension or a stroke that could permanently damage brain tissue.

Red wine

While use in moderation red wine is actually rich in polyphenols that could possibly boost brain blood flow.

Dark chocolate

Same as red wine, also it is rich in polyphenols.

Spinach

Rich in brain-protective antioxidants along with vitamin K, folate, and lutein.

 Almonds

Like fatty fish, almonds have high levels of brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and lots of brain-protecting vitamin E.

Pumpkin seeds

A rich source of zinc, a mineral that plays an important role in memory and overall brain function.

Extra virgin coconut oil

One of the most versatile — and good for you — foods out there.Enhances the ability of the brain’s neurons to use energy while at the same time reducing the production of damaging free radicals.

Provides saturated fat — a vital nutrient for the integrity and function of brain cell membranes.

 

Hope you liked our selection of brain food enhancers and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Wishing you all love and happiness from SolCal. Stay sharp and smart.

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