We’ve all heard that we are what we eat. For the longest time, we thought that this was only relevant to our physique. Now, we are told that what we eat also directly affects the performance of our brain. It has been scientifically proven that by eating the right foods, we can boost our IQ, improve our moods, be more emotionally stable and have sharper memories. The right nutrients will enable our brains to think quicker, and improve our recall and concentration.
So how do we know if what we are eating is good for us? Here are a few guidelines that will help you in your quest to a smarter you.
- Balance your glucose intake. Try to eat carbs in the evening as it promotes relaxation and sleep.
- Eat essential fats. These are necessary to our diets since our brains are made up of more than 60% fat. This is because brain cells are covered by a substance called myelin which is almost 75% fat. Foods rich in essential fats are oily fishes like mackerel, salmon, tuna and anchovies. These fishes are rich in omega- 3 fats.
- Protein rich foods are important, too. Proteins are essential to make neurotransmitters which are essential to the thinking process. Try to have foods that are heavy on proteins for lunch to optimise mental performance and alertness throughout the day.
- Always keep yourself hydrated. Water is essential for concentration and mental alertness. A study conducted in the UK discovered that schoolchildren who performed the best in their class were those who drank up to 8 glasses of water a day.
We have always been told that a balanced diet is good for us. Now, we know that all our parents reminders about eating healthy have scientific basis and will benefit us even if we do not have plans of becoming a star athlete. Eating well affects all the aspects of our life. As Virginia Wolfe, a writer, would say: “One cannot think well, love well, or sleep well if one has not dined well.