Now, we all know that it is widely acknowledged that a healthy mind equals a healthy body, but do you know what some of the best sources are to keep our brains ticking over?
I cannot even begin to kick start my brain first thing in the morning without at least two full strength large pots of coffee. Just like a car needs fuel to run, my body requires a full tank of caffeine to get my brain into gear.
My own photo: Wake up juice
While coffee is one of the quickest and easiest go to's, if you are looking for something a little more substantial to keep both mind and body ticking over, then check out a few of my personal recommendations.
As tempted as a I am to wolf down a full English breakfast of a morning, and believe me the struggle to resist is very real, I start off my day the wholegrain way. Beginning with a healthy, but admittedly bland, bowl of porridge. Although it can soon be livened up with some berries. With a healthy dose of vitamin E from the porridge to help with cognition and berries packed full of antioxidants, I am good to go! Well, at least until the next coffee.
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For mornings when I fancy something different, you just cannot beat scrambled egg on toast. Eggs are a great source of vitamins B-12 and B-6, which are essential for brain functioning. Twinned with the health benefits from wholegrain bread such as a whole raft of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamine and folate, you are onto a winning combination. Not to mention minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium and manganese, along with protein and antioxidants. You will be zinging after eating this! Especially if you sprinkle some chilli flakes over the top for an extra kick.
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Now, if you are in need of a quick boost and have a sweet tooth, then chocolate is the answer. I find it usually is to most things too. But not just any old choclate. Dark chocolate, just like coffee, also helps stimulate brain activity with a decent dose of caffeine along with antioxidants. We will gloss over the amounts of sugar. Besides giving you a sugar rush that would leave Bart and Lisa Simpson envious, its active compounds also vastly improve mood. I am definitely in the mood for that.
My own photo: I thought I was sweet enough until I ate some of this
Now, how many times have you been told by health professionals or even your parents to 'eat your greens? It is enough to make some of us go green at the very thoughts of it. But, broccoli, one of the most detested vegetables by children, is actually one of the best sources of vitamin K which is an absolute essential for quite a number of cells within the brain. It also plays a key part in improving memory and cognition. So, don'ty forget to add it to your trolley next time you go shopping.
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My final recommendation is a little bit fishy. Literally. Oily fish is one of the finest sources of omega -3 acids, which may help prevent heart disease amongst other health benefits. Those acids have many responsibilities and help to form almost every cell in our body, including stimulating blood flow to the brain. Without doubt, oily fish is one of the best foods that you can eat. It not only helps to lubricate joints but is also a great source of vitamin D and is a major brain booster. My personal favourite is salmon.
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So, there you have it! This short list of my favourites are only a handful of brain busting foods out there. There are tons of them. What foods or even drinks stimulate your brain? Have you got a favourite? Let me know in comments.