The modern-day lifestyle requires a significant percentage of our energy in brainwork. Whether you are a student, professional or a homemaker, your brain is always on duty, even when you sleep. The post-pandemic routine, which largely includes working from home using taxing gadgets with no or very little outside contact takes its toll on the brain functioning resulting in stress, trauma, depression and unnecessary mental pressure.
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While your lifestyle, workout and other stress management exercises play an imperative role in balancing mental pressure, but what we generally avoid is a spot-on diet to keep our brain healthy. Most people have this pre-conceived and highly problematic notion that what we eat has nothing to do with what we eat.
Plant-based fibrous foods help in digestion by absorbing glucose resulting in a healthier gut and studies have proven that 90% of the serotonin, the 'happy hormone,' in the body is produced in the gut. So a healthier gut results in a better state of mind. Beans, whole grains (like whole-wheat) and green veggies contain sufficient fibre for daily requirements.
Leaning proteins acts as a supplement for brain cells production, which results in a stronger and healthier brain. White meat, poultry products, white-fleshed fish are some great sources of protein. Vegetarian alternatives consist of plain greek yogurt, lentils and soya chunks.
Fatty Acids like Omega 3S facilitates cognitive ability and overall brain function. Fish and other sea-based foods are rich in Fatty Acids like Omega 3S. Additionally, Omega 3S can also be found in vegetarian foods like nuts, seeds, and plant oil.
The deficiency of Iron is often linked to high stress levels and depression and also improves blood circulation in the body, which also includes brain-related functions. Poultry products, spinach and pomegranate are great sources of iron and provide more than sufficient doses for a healthy person.
Zinc is an essential nutrient for brain functioning that the body cannot produce on its own unlike its other counterparts, thus, it is important to feed yourself these essential nutrients.
Poultry products have been proven to be the best source of Zinc, but like almonds, cashews and chickpeas are also a great source of Zinc.