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Brain Health and Nutrition

Brain Health and Nutrition
(upbeat music) We've all heard the phrase, you are what you eat. And it’s true. What you put into your body affects not only your cholesterol and blood pressure, but also your energy level, your memory, and the way your brain functions. So with that in mind, get it? Here’s a healthy cheap sheet to boost your mental game. Eat a cup of greens every day to slow brain aging. Dark greens, like spinach, kale and romaine lettuce should find a place in your salad. Spinach has high levels of iron. Kale is packed with vitamin A and romaine is loaded with folic acid. Not a salad eater? Sneak them into your morning smoothie. Eat from the sea at least twice per week.
Salmon and albacore tuna are rock stars high-end brain-healthy B vitamins shown to have a role in emotional balance. They’re also high in Omega-3s which reduce the inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease. Not a fish eater? Look no further than flaxseeds, chia seeds or walnuts to get those healthy Omega-3s in. Speaking of nuts, try to add nuts to your diet every day. A handful of nuts like walnuts or almonds are all it takes to deliver protein and some good fats that have been shown to improve brain functioning. Adding more greens, fish, seeds and nuts might just boost your wellbeing and your brain health.
It all boils down to healthy lifestyle habits like eating nutritious foods, staying physically active and maintaining strong social connections.

Watch this interesting video from the American Health Association on the topic of Nutrition and the brain. Are you what you eat? Receive the best tips sheet to boost your mental health by eating the right nutrients.

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