Eating whole grains and fruits such as avocado can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol. This helps to reduce the risk of plaque buildup which is helpful because every organ in the body depends on blood low, especially the heart and brain. Eating these foods can offer a tasty but simple way to fire up brain cells which is what everybody wants :).
Avocados have good monounsaturated fats in it that contributes to healthy blood flow.
As well as helping your brain, eating whole grains like popcorn and whole wheat contributes to your vitamin E and dietary fibre intake. And if that wasn’t enough, popcorn is also said to be a lot healthier than a packet of crisps- so feel free to dig in with no shame!
The nest part of the Brain Food Series focuses in the things that I am most shocked about. Yes I now that nuts are very good for you, but chocolate? This time I am very curious.
Chocolate nuts, nuts in general and seeds are very good sources of vitamin E. This gives you less cognitive decline as you age.
Dark chocolate also has very good powerful antioxidant properties such as caffeine which can help enhance focus and concentration. Though this may be true to some extent I wouldn’t suggest that your intake of caffeine and chocolate is high as it still has it’s negative effects. (See my previous post here to find out why.)
You should aim to have an ounce of nuts a day, dark chocolate included for those who enjoy it, to provide all the benefits you need without excess sugar, fat or calories.
There are two things that you are probably thinking just from reading the title, so I’m going to clear those right now :).
1. Yes it’s the song that is already installed/downloaded on every windows laptop- so it’s not like I came across it on the internet and fell in love.
2. The title may sound like it’s supposed to be played at night to put your little ones to sleep but it’s definitely not. (Even though it can be used for that because it does work! Just ask my brother what it was like babysitting :D)
So now I’m going to tell you what it is that I like about this song. I like how it’s so relaxing. Not enough to make me sleep but just enough that I have it on repeat long enough to call it my new muse. It’s a really beautiful instrumental and it ends just perfectly, leaving you wanting to meditate or just think. It’s a great way to just forget about all of your problems and gives you permission to pray or just be.
Here is the song for you to listen to (for those who don’t own a windows) for those who haven’t heard it before (or can’t be bothered to get your laptops 🙂 ) so that you can take time to relax while your reading my blog. So now you have no excuse for finding another time to relax!
Breakfast is good. Breakfast is important. Part 4 of the Brain Foods Series is obviously going to be about… well I’ll let you figure that out 🙂
As your parents may have said (everyday of your life (I’m exaggerating) but at least more than once in your life) that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s true. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can improve short-term memory and attention.
If you’re a student it is important that you eat breakfast as you will perform better throughout your working day than those who don’t.
Food that will help your brain fuel include:
High-fiber whole grains
Dairy (for those who aren’t lactose and tolerant)
I don’t eat dairy so I usually have a bowl of muesli with soya milk topped with raisins. It’s the best!
High-calorie breakfasts though are not a wise idea because researchers have found that it hinders concentration.
I hope this helped and encourages you to set aside time to eat breakfast in the morning instead of rushing out because you’re late for school or work 🙂
Stay tuned for more from this series. Your brain will thank you!
I found this beautiful prayer and thought that I should share it with you. I would like you to read i because I think that it’s something that we should all pray when we wake up. It reminds us of our Father and allows Him to help us during our day and to help us share our love for Him with others. You will understand this when you read it. 🙂
I pray that you will give me strength, wisdom, knowledge and a sensitivity to recognize the opportunities before me to tell others about you. I pray that I will have eyes to see and ears to hear your message and your whispers and a heart to feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to speak, to act, to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you, God, for all you have done for me and all you will do through me for your glory and honor. I praise you, for you are great and mighty. You are my God and Creator, my Father and Nurturer, my God who is always there loving me, guiding me, and protecting me. Thank you, in Jesus’ name, amen.
The second part of the brain food series is all about sugar. Your body metabolizes glucose that it gets from the sugars and the carbs that you eat. Having a something sweet to eat or drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and mental ability.
Obviously with every good thing, there comes a price, Having too much sugar can not be good and is not good. Even table sugar is not good. The reasons are:
It can impair your memory
It can impair the rest of your body
It can help you put on weight
You have to be really careful in making sure that your sugar intake is reasonable. This also means that there is a time to have chocolate and cake and a time to have your 5-a-day 🙂 (Sorry everyone!)
Whilst we are on the subject of 5-a-day I read that you are actually supposed to have 9-a-day or more. Why should there be a limit to how much fruit and vegetable you should have? Obviously there is a limit but our body requires more than the government said that we need. This is fact!
Also remember that when eating fruit you are not to eat it before you go to sleep because this will keep your stomach working all through the night. I think that I will do a timetable on what meals would be good to eat throughout the say so that you can get some ideas for what your body needs.
I hope all this information is useful and I hope you all get a good nights sleep. From Nadine
Today I was checking my emails (as per usual) and saw a few from WebMD. I decided that I would take some of the information that I found there and create a mini-series. It is entitled Brain Food because I am going to share different foods that are good for your brain (Like you probably already guessed.) I am also going to throw some of my own tips into the mix so that if you do visit the website to read it, you won’t think that I have just copied everything from there and put it onto here In my own words.
1#: Brain Foods That Help You Concentrate
First let’s start with a pretty simple question,
Whilst caffeine can be harmful it has a benefit. it can make you more alert. It is used to energize and help you to focus sand concentrate.
Caffeine can be found in things like chocolate, some medications and obvious things like coffee and energy drinks.
The effects of caffeine is short-term and used to wake you up in the mornings and when you are falling asleep when you are supposed to be working (someone knows what I am talking about!)
I am not trying to sell the idea that caffeine is acceptable seeing as I don’t drink coffee or tea. So for those who do not do so already I wouldn’t advise you to start just because it is addictive. If you already do drink tea and coffee, please drink it in moderation because this will make you feel jittery and uncomfortable.
For those who don’t know, I am a huge fan of Kari Jobe and have been listening and sharing her songs with you for quite a while. (If you don’t believe me, check the post below :). )
This particular song that I will share with you today is currently one of my favorites and one that I love to tire out as I’m singing it all the time. It just reminds me of happiness and love and reminds me that God is always there and is always looking after me even when life throws something I don’t like at me 🙂
Here is the song for you to listen to and the video for you to watch. Reflect on the lyrics and remember that the sun always shines at the end of even the darkest tunnels.
This song is featured on my post today because it is beautiful both lyrically and melodically. The harmony of Kari’s voice and her male backing vocal just makes me want to listen to it over and over again. I also think that the way the song rises in volume helps their vocals come across even stronger and puts more emphasis on the meaningful lyrics.
I really think that you will like the song too so I’m very citified to share it with you! I hope that you enjoy it and leave a comment below letting me know what you thought about it and with any artists/songs that you would like me to listen to so that I can recommend it. I would really like to know what you enjoy listening to 🙂
Here is the song for you to listen to and the lyrics for you to read: