4 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Brain Power

4 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Brain Power

By Kayla Joesph , NeuroCognitive Program Instructor @successrehabiliation

Your brain is a big deal. As the control center of your body, it's a good idea to keep your mind in peak working condition with the help of proper nutrition. The right nutritional plan is an essential component for improving brain function, especially for those who have experienced a brain injury.

Food is our body's fuel that affects its functionality. Though mostly unknown to the general population, healthy gut function has been linked to normal central nervous system function as it enables the break down of nutrients and release of signals to the brain. Your food choice is one of the critical variables you can control that relates to the health, vitality, and functionality of your precious brain. 95% of Serotonin (the happy hormone) is produced in the gut, and eating well helps maintain production. The right nutritional education will help your mind heal and function at its highest capacity:

Here are four ways to naturally boost your brain power

  1. Include more antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants are a super food that protects the brain from stress and decreases inflammation.

    • Try flavonoids like blueberries, beets, strawberries, dark cacao. Some of the antioxidants in blueberries have been found to accumulate in the brain and help improve communication between brain cells (16Trusted Source17Trusted Source).

  2. Include Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential contribution to the body as they provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. About 60% of your brain is made of fat, and half of that fat is the omega-3 kind (2Trusted Source).

    • Try salmon and avocado. Avocados are full of healthy, beneficial fats that help to keep you full and satiated. When you consume fat, your brain receives a signal to turn off your appetite. Eating fat slows the breakdown of carbohydrates, which helps to keep sugar levels in the blood stable.

  3. Consume proteins to increase dopamine release.

    • Eat eggs, poultry, and yogurts. Eggs are a good source of several nutrients tied to brain health, including vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline (63). Choline is an important micronutrient that your body uses to create acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and memory (64Trusted Source65Trusted Source).

  4. Regulate your sugar intake.

    • Excess sugar creates memory fog and decreased cognition. Regulating your sweet treat intake equips you to maintain energy levels, focus, have stable moods, reduce cravings, and maintain weight.

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Kayla’s Takeaway

You can boost their brain health by strategically incorporating these nutritional recommendations into your diet. For brain injury survivors, make sure you have a program with a strong emphasis on nutritional rehabilitation to aid in improving your brain functionality and overall happiness.

Success Rehabilitation is on a mission to create opportunities for those who have experienced brain injury: one individual, one family, one success at a time. Its team of specialized professionals in traumatic brain injury and neurological impairment deliver consistent quality service effectively and efficiently for patients in the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic region.  

Its five CARF Accredited specialty areas of brain injury are offered in a post-acute residential and outpatient setting, ensuring the highest quality of service excellence. Recently, they have become the only medical rehabilitation provider and first program for individuals with brain injury to earn B Corporation Certification, verifying they meet the highest standards of social accountability to balance profit and purpose.