I always promote my triple reality energy equation = food + fitness + sleep for brain and body health. Last week in Canada it was recognized as mental health week. As part of maintaining a healthy brain we need to nourish it with optimal, premium fuel. In my video Nourish your Noggin I recommend quinoa, walnuts and salmon as brain food. Now I’m sharing with you five more of my favourite foods to add to the nourish your noggin list!

Barley

Barley is a home grown low glycemic, high fibre whole grain that fuels your brain with premium energy. Eat it for breakfast like oatmeal, make into a tabbouleh and mix it with mushrooms as a side dish with salmon. Check out my Barley Balance Blog for more ideas.

Berries

Berries are full of antioxidants. Research about blueberries suggest they may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Fresh, frozen and dried – you can enjoy berries year round on oatmeal, in smoothies and on salads.

Cocoa

Cocoa has theobromine in it, which can increase alertness and energy. This is a welcomed thought for me around 3 pm in the afternoon! I eat a small square of cocoa (70% or higher) with nuts for a mental boost.

Hempseeds

JDummer RD Hemp Samples Oct 2012

Hempseeds are packed with protein and have a unique ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. They have been associated with decreasing the risk of depression. Stay tuned for my new book in the fall about the health benefits of hempseeds plus other seeds! And check out my Huffpost Blog for more tips.

 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a powerful antioxidant called lycopene that helps protect against free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Eat a variety of cooked tomatoes (with a healthy oil) to get the most lycopene benefits.

And don’t forget about water and hydration!

Drinking optimal fluids, eating premium foods, exercising and sleeping well will keep your brain and body in tip top shape.