Food For Thought: Healthy Food For Mental Clarity


The brain is the epicenter of it all. It controls your entire life. Yes, your cardiovascular system keeps the blood pumping, but the brain controls everything. That's why your brain must stay at optimal mental clarity. However, we all have days where we lack that mental clarity. We cannot focus, recall memory, or concentrate. Some call it "brain fog," and others call it mental fatigue. Either way, you don't want your brain clouded, but what can you do about it? Fortunately, making a few nutritional changes to your diet can clear up the fog and get you back to mental clarity.


Olive Oil


Olive oil, extracted from green olives, is as versatile as it is healthy for the brain. Olive oil is a liquified fat that provides healthy unsaturated fat for optimal brain function and the preservation of its long-term health. Since olive oil is versatile, it can be used on salad dressing, sautéing, or boiling. Olive oil is loaded with biologically active antioxidants such as oleocanthal and oleuropein. These protect your cells against oxidative stress. Excess free radicals damage the brain cells and can cause certain neurodegenerative disorders.



Avocados


Avocados have long been hailed for their healthy monosaturated fat, potassium, and magnesium content. Potassium helps facilitate nerve and blood flow to and from the brain to the heart and muscles. Magnesium helps keep the brain cells healthy and, as olive oil also does, helps prevent certain neurological disorders.


Salmon


Finally, it's no secret that salmon is loaded with healthy fatty acids. The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help keep your neurons strong against inflammation and injury. These fatty acids also promote more oxygen flow to the brain, reduce brain fog, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and keep it healthy against diseases.


There are many types of foods that can keep your brain healthy, but consuming healthy foods is just as important as cutting out unhealthy processed foods. Making the right combination of lifestyle changes can help you achieve mental clarity.


References:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6120115/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5193071/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024559/