You really are what you eat!
Eating right affects your BRAIN as much as it affects your BUTT.¬† In fact, studies show that you can be up to 200 percent more productive if you make the right choices when it comes to your diet.¬† So here's a guide of the best and worst brain foods . . .
#1.)¬† FOR SHORT-TERM MEMORY . . . drink coffee.¬† Caffeine slows down the aging process, and just one cup helps improve attention and problem-solving skills.
--DON'T DRINK . . . energy drinks or TOO MUCH coffee.¬† It can mess with your sleep schedule.¬† Sleep gives your brain time to reboot, so you shouldn't screw with it.
#2.)¬† FOR LONG-TERM MEMORY . . . eat blueberries.¬† They're in season right now.¬† The antioxidants in blueberries protect your brain from free-radicals and cut your risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
--DON'T EAT . . . fruit that's not ripe.¬† It doesn't have the same nutrients.¬† If fruit is OUT of season, you're better off buying it frozen, since the flavor, nutrients, and antioxidants have been locked in.
#3.)¬† TO THINK FASTER . . . eat fish.¬† Salmon or mackerel are best.¬† The omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks of brain tissue.¬† Plus, the niacin in salmon can help ward off Alzheimer's disease.
--DON'T EAT . . . full-fat ice cream.¬† Saturated fat can clog blood vessels and prevent the flow of nutrients to the brain.
#4.)¬† TO CALM DOWN . . . eat low-fat yogurt or mixed nuts.¬† They've both been proven to reduce anxiety by up to 50 percent.
--DON'T DRINK . . . soda.¬† A study by the American Journal of Public Health found that people who drink two and a half cans a day are three times more likely to be depressed or anxious.
#5.)¬† TO CONCENTRATE . . . eat peppermint.¬† The smell alone helps you focus.¬† And a recent study found that peppermint makes drivers more alert.
--BUT DON'T EAT . . . candy.¬† Sugar can actually STOP you from focusing.¬† So instead of eating peppermint candy, try peppermint tea or some sugar-free peppermint gum.
#6.)¬† TO PUT YOURSELF IN A GOOD MOOD . . . eat leafy greens like arugula or spinach.¬† They're packed with B vitamins, which help create feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine in your body.
--DON'T EAT . . . white chocolate.¬† It doesn't have any cocoa solids in it, so it won't boost your serotonin level like real chocolate will.¬†
#7.)¬† TO SHARPEN YOUR SENSES . . . eat a tablespoon of flaxseed every day.¬† It strengthens your cerebral cortex . . . the area of your brain that processes sensory information.¬† You can sprinkle flaxseed on salads, or mix it into a protein shake.
--DON'T DRINK . . . alcohol.¬† It's easy to forget that alcohol is actually a DEPRESSANT.¬† That means it depresses your nervous system and makes you sloppy, not sharp.¬† And when you get drunk, it can take DAYS for your brain to recover.
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