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Food and Nutrition: BRAIN FOODS!

October 9, 2014

Hey lovely readers,

I am a firm believer of the fact that “we are what we eat”, and for that reason I try to eat foods that have positive effect on my body. Food affect how we feel, our emotions and our general health status. Today, I present to you foods that help improve our memory capabilities;

1. Whole grains:

These includes barley (shairi), brown rice, brown bread, oats and ugali wa dona. Whole grains contain folate, thiamine and vitamin B6 which enhance memory and focus. I will admit this is not the tastiest form of meals. Start incorporating small amounts of whole grains in your daily diet and eventually your taste buds will get accustomed to these meals.

2. Eggs:

Eggs contain choline and protein which improves memory, boosts concentration and energy levels. It is advised to eat eggs in the morning as you start the day for energy levels. You can have them boiled, scrambled or even fried in a yummy omelet.

3. Nuts:

Nuts contain Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids which are important for balancing serotinin levels and boosting our moods. You can eat raw nuts or nuts infused meals.

4. Wild Salmon:

 Salmon contains a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that improve mood, concentration and memory. A delicious way of preparing Salmon can be found here.

5. Tomatoes: 

Tomatoes are rich in lycopine, an oxidant that helps to improve brain function.

6. Spinach:

Spinach is a good source of folate which increases memory and concentration.

7. Green Tea: 

Green tea contains catechines and polyphenols; which are essential for boosting dopamine levels that are responsible for increasing memory and concentration.

8. Bananas:

Bananas contain Vitamin B6, potassium and folic acid which increase serotinin and boosts memory.

Adding these foods into your diet will improve your brain function and with time you will notice changes in your ability to pay attention, concentrate, remember and learn.


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