Do you struggle with mental clarity, brain fog, memory recall and other cognitive ailments?
These can be rather frustrating issues and cause you to feel older than you are or prevent you from preforming and living optimally.
Medications that claim to help cognitive impairments have a poor success rate and potential side-effects, so the natural question is, are there alternative, effective and safe routes available to improve cognitive function?
Thankfully the answer is – YES!
First, it is important to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is linked to many chronic health conditions, and the brain is no exception. Conditions such as high blood sugar levels, elevated insulin levels, obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension can all put the brain at risk. Evidence supports a link between elevated blood markers of hemoglobin A1c, c-reactive protein, and homocysteine, which cause vascular inflammation, to conditions like Alzheimer’s Dementia(1).
One way to help reduce inflammation is to clean up the diet and remove processed foods. Ingredients and additives that are particularly harmful to the body and brain include excess sodium, sugar, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils.
In addition to removing these harmful foods from your diet, you can add in these beneficial and nutrient dense foods to support your cognitive performance!
- Healthy Fats– natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats can be found in fatty fish (salmon, cod, mackerel, pollock), walnuts, olive oil, ground flaxseed, and avocados. These fats are anti-inflammatory, so eat up!
- Dark Greens– these leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, collard greens, chard, arugula, are rich in nutrients such as vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. These nutrients are best absorbed with fat present in the meal, so make a salad using these greens and drizzle heart healthy olive oil on top or top with chopped walnuts.
- Antioxidant Rich Fruit– richly colored berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries provide flavonoids, which give the fruit their pigmentation. In addition, they are dense in antioxidants and research supports they can improve memory.
- Coffee and Tea– these widely enjoyed beverages contain caffeine, which consumed in moderate amounts (1-2 cups or ~ 200 mg daily) can provide short term boost in concentration and longer term in memory benefits(2).
Try combining these brain boosting foods into one meal; perhaps a salad made with dark leafy greens, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with avocado slice, walnuts, salmon, and berries complemented with a mug of green tea – YUM! Or simply try and include these foods as a regular part of your diet and eat daily.
Hopefully you will notice the benefits physically and mentally in no time!
If you feel you or someone you know is struggling with cognitive performance, brain fog, poor memory, or delayed recall and want help, call Puro Wellness Center and Spa today! Dr. Sullivan provides FREE informative Dinner Seminars weekly about how she treats a variety of diseases, symptoms, and chronic conditions naturally.
Call into our office – 734-716-5588 – to reserve your seat. Guests are absolutely welcome, but reservations are required.
We hope to hear from you soon!!