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9 Foods That Make You Smarter

9 Foods That Make You Smarter

Eating well will not only give you the body you want, it is actually very important for your physical and mental health. The brain, just like any other organ, needs nutrients and minerals to keep the grey matter as healthy as possible. The following are some of the best foods you can provide your brain with.

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  • Wholegrains

They release glucose slowly into the bloodstream, keeping you mentally alert throughout the day, which promote the ability to concentrate and focus that comes from the adequate, steady supply of energy in our blood to the brain

  • Oily fish 

The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish as EPA and DHA, which are good for healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general wellbeing.

  • Blueberries 

They improve or delay short term memory loss.

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  • Tomatoes 

They are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia.

  • Pumpkin seeds 

They are packed with zinc, which are vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

  • Broccoli

They are a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.

  • Sage

They have had a long reputation of improving the memory.

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  • Nuts 

They are packed with vitamin E, which helps to prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly.

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This article from Positive Med is excellent – but it missed one food that has a very very positive impact on brain function. It is also easy to incorporate into any diet.

Coconut (My addition). Coconut Oil, Milk, and Meat are a powerhouse for our brains.

Study: Coconut oil improves cognitive ability

Just one dose of coconut oil can tremendously boost brain function and cognitive performance.

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

5 Foods That Can Help With Depression

It does not say cure depression, it says help with. When people are depressed they often reach for comfort foods, like candy, chips, ice cream, and chocolate. Nutritionists say this is the wrong answer, eating these foods can help alleviate symptoms, plus there is an added bonus of feeling good about doing something proactive for your health.

1) An omelet or scrambled egg, the yolks are rich in B vitamins, they are a good source of protein, and B vitamins help your brain to function at optimal levels. Similar options: fish, poultry, wheat germ, and lean beef

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2) Nuts and Seeds, they are a great source of magnesium, which helps produce serotonin, which helps you feel good. Some examples include: cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, almonds, and peanuts

3) Cold water fish, excellent source of Omega 3′s, which contains the fatty acid DHA, which helps your brain in a multitude of ways. Some examples include: salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, and anchovies

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4) Ancient grains, which are complex carbohydrates, they take longer to digest which helps stabilize blood sugars, which helps stabilize your mood. Added bonus, they are full of fiber, which helps you feel full longer. Some examples include: amaranth, millet, quinoa, spelt, barley, and teff

5) Green tea, technically a drink, not a food, rich in amino acid L-theanine which can help improve focus while calming the body

Knowing what to eat for your body produces great long-term effects, it helps to resolve feelings of helplessness or powerlessness against the disease that is hurting you, always do the best you can.

Source: http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/depression/5-foods-to-eat-when-youre-depressed-18?pageart=2

Thanks to Positive med for another great find.

Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin so I would recommend a Magnesium Spray, Gel, or a bath with Magnesium Salts. We as a society are severely deficient in Magnesium. Cranky kids are much happier and more relaxed after a a bath with magnesium Salts, just like mom and dad. A scoop in the nightly bath can make a huge difference in falling asleep quickly and easily too.

Vitamin D3 is so much more than a Vitamin and had been shown to have huge mood improvement benefits so get some sun and in the winter supplement. Many knowledgeable physicians now recommend at least 5000IU/ day in the winter months. Now many patients will find that it is part of routine care during hospital stays.  Next to sun on bare skin, Sub-lingual tablets or sprays are the most effective .