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Feeding the Brain
- Posted by Michael Scanlon on June 12, 2007 in Brain Health
Final exam time is almost upon us! We will all be doing what we can to get our students prepared with focused reviews, extra help after school and creative lesson planning and implementation. But, there is one more thing we can do to help get our students to be the best they can be during exam time.
Take time to communicate to them that they should get plenty of rest and eat high protein brain foods like lean beef and chicken. Foods and drinks high in antioxidants are also good for increasing blood flow to the brain. Blueberries are one such food that is good for just that purpose. Who knew??
Here ís more from http://www.luminosity.com:
Fish: The original "brain food" contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oils, especially cold water fish like salmon and cod. Omega-3s are beneficial in a number of ways, including promoting neuronal growth, improved cholesterol, and fortification of myelin sheaths which facilitate communication between neurons.
Vegetables: This is a great source of antioxidants, which may reduce the risk of developing cognitive impairment by diminishing oxidative stress. Spinach, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower are among the top candidates.
Fruits: Like vegetables, fruits are rich in antioxidants. However, fruit tastes better. Some of your healthiest options are blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, avocados, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries and kiwis.
Water: Be sure to get enough to keep your body and brain hydrated. Dehydration can cause a headache now, and can lead to long-term neuronal damage sustained from elevated stress hormones.
Chocolate: Last (and arguably least beneficial) is cocoa beans, which contain the flavanol epicatechin and antioxidants. Dark chocolate is best, and avoid candy bars with lots of added sugars. Also, recent research suggests that chocolate can improve memory."