Brain Food

The foods we eat impact every single part of our bodies, so eating healthful foods isn’t just part of maintaining a fit physique.  Eat This, Not That! put out this list of foods that help maintain focus, improve memory, decrease the likelihood of issues like Alzheimer’s disease, and more.    They also list some harmful foods to avoid, which we should all consider reducing or eliminating for a myriad of reasons.  Some of the items on the list were what we’d all guess–spinach is good, soda is bad–but there were some foods that I found a bit surprising.  Check out their article:  30 Best and Worst Foods for Your Brain.

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Adaptogens!

I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work.  What are adaptogens?  They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance.  Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally.  They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.

I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives).  With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible.  I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness.  It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule.  Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.

Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were.  I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits.  Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!