Get brain fit – fuel to maximise brain function

Nicola - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mediterranean diet

One of the best ways to get brain fit is to choose the best brain fuel.  A diverse highly nutritious diet will give your brain the energy it needs but also the right ingredients it requires to function.  Feeling sluggish?  Poor attention?  Low mood? these may be signs of a poor diet that is not meeting the high requirements of a healthy brain.

  • Eat more protein – the brain uses lots of protein to make neurotransmitters which help us function. Add some to breakfast for an immediate pick me up
  • Increase your omega 3s (and reduce your omega 6s saturated and trans fats) – Include fish meals at least 3 times per week and reduce red meat.  Try also nuts, avocados and eggs
  • Choose smart carbohydrates – the adult brain takes up 25% of the energy you consume so make it slow release complex carbs like whole grains, brown rice, wholemeal pasta
  • Always have a rainbow of colours from a variety of vegetables and fruit every day as this will ensure you get the range of vitamins and minerals your brain requires