Brainfood: Boost your brain performance with these ingredients
Written by Christina Pichler, Nov 18, 2021
Written by Christina Pichler, Nov 18, 2021
Some days we are bursting with energy and we could soak up all the information at once. But some days something is off and nothing seems to work out when it comes to studying. During exam periods you have to study a lot in a short period of time and can’t wait for the good days. Especially not on the day of the exam. But what can you do?
There’s a simple answer. Brain foods, also known as performance foods, are healthy foods that really get your grey cells going. Your diet is one of the most important foundations for your brain to function well and an additional guarantee for a positive mood. We have put together a list of foods that will help increase your mood.
However, we are not saying that brain foods make you smarter. Unfortunately, you cannot change our IQ with a good diet, but you can improve your brain’s performance and your mood! With the right ingredients and nutrients, both can really flourish.
A healthy diet is a boost for the human data center and your whole body will thank you if you provide it with a good nutrients. In addition to sufficient exercise and plenty of time outside, it is very important to pay attention to your diet.
Even if it saves time and is practical, stay away from frozen pizza, premade soups and so on. Here are your brain boosting nutrition tips for optimal brain performance, strong nerves and a good mood.
Once reserved for high society, raisins have become an indispensable ingredient in all kinds of desserts. Together with nuts, they form the main components of the famous trail mix that perks up tired students. Unless you have a strong aversion to the cute little things.
Granted, raisins, also called sultanas, are not for everyone, but they are pure energy suppliers. This is due to the high dose of fructose, which supplies the body with energy. A constant blood sugar level is important for the brain.
Divided into small portions, raisins are an ideal energy booster. When nibbled in the morning, raisins reduce cravings for sweets throughout the day. Thanks to the flavonoids and antioxidants they contain, raisins are said to boost memory.
They are wonderfully juicy and sweet and have a long harvest season. Even though there are many types of pears, they all have something in common: Pears are real brain activators and at the same time low in calories. In addition to all possible minerals and trace elements, one pear covers seven percent of our daily vitamin C needs.
Wash it well and eat it with the skin on because most vitamins are in the peel. Overall, pears have less acidity than apples and are therefore suitable for people who have to be careful around acidic foods.
Also you will be happier with pears because they promote the production of happy hormones such as serotonin. This makes it easier to cope with the stress of exams or the next deadline.
Whether freshly picked strawberries from the field, blackberries from the supermarket or blueberries harvested on the edge of a forest. The small berries are secret weapons for our health and especially good for our brain because they contain many antioxidants. These protect us from so-called free radicals, which are an intermediate product of our metabolism. Free radicals can lead to oxidative stress, the disruption of cell function and metabolic processes in our body. They can cause many diseases. Our nervous system and brain are also exposed to the influence of free radicals on a daily basis. Hence, it is important to consume antioxidants as a counterbalance.
Snacking on berries supports signal transmission in the brain and counteracts memory loss. Therefore, you shouldn’t underestimate berries as a fitness stimulator. They are beneficial to our health and definitely deserve a place on our brain food list.
Bonus: Isn’t it fantastic when healthy food also tastes so good?
We have already talked about the positive effects of omega-3 fatty acids and chia seeds contain an extremely high amount of them and have the ideal ratio (3: 1) of omega-6 fatty acids. This is important for the formation of new cells and the support regular brain function. The high number of antioxidants, proteins, fiber and trace elements speak for the small miracle seeds.
You don’t need more than two tablespoons a day (measured in raw state). Please do not forget to drink a lot of water, as the seeds swell up in your stomach considerably.
Our recipe: Chia pudding! Soak chia seeds in cow’s or vegan milk over night. Optionally you can add cocoa, vanilla powder or cinnamon and honey. You’ll have a healthy pudding in the morning!
In addition to all the brain food recommendations, you should of course also make sure to drink enough water (not sugary soft drinks). Without sufficient hydration, even the best brain food won’t help.
Poor hydration manifests itself in poor concentration, fatigue or headaches. You should be drinking around 2.5 liters a day. If it’s hot outside or you tend to sweat a lot, you should drink even more than that.
Nutrition is a complex matter and affected by many different aspects. Maybe you can implement some of these brain foods into your diet and make some place for them in your kitchen in your STUWO dormitory apartment. In any case, pay attention to your diet and choose food not only for its taste, but also for its benefits.