We often focus on aspects of the human body that we can see evidence of. These include our muscles, skin, and other parts of the body, like our hair and nails. But what if I told you your brain is the most important part of your body that you’re ignoring?
Brain health is crucial to living a long, happy, and healthy life. Your brain is the center of everything that you do. So building a healthy brain is critical, from subconscious internal processes such as blood flow and nervous system maintenance to external results like body movement.
Let’s examine three ways to care for your brain to keep living your life as a physically and cognitively strong individual.
Don’t Forget Your Vitamin D
In the last ten years, scientists have poured thousands of hours of research into a small but mighty vitamin: Vitamin D. Proper consumption of this nutrient is key to brain health. Not only have low levels of vitamin D been linked to the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, but higher vitamin D intake has been linked to the prevention of these diseases.
There are two main ways that we can get vitamin D. These are through exposure to sunlight and ingestion of vitamin D-rich food and drink. Direct sunlight exposure should be limited to 15 minutes, twice per week. Nutritionally, try incorporating more fish (such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel), mushrooms, and egg yolks into your diet.
It is recommended to get your vitamin D levels checked once a year. Speak to your doctor about this at your next annual check-up.
Fun with Fruits and Veggies
It’s a stereotype that children (and even some adults) don’t enjoy fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, this has become a well-known stereotype because it is often true. However, there are so many recipes out there that can help add fruits and vegetables to your diet in a delicious way. This is extremely important to aid in brain health.
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that protect your brain from disease and mental illness and can even increase cognitive function. So simply reach for a handful of your favorite fruit or veggie to add to your afternoon snack. Your brain will thank you!
Choline: The Essential Nutrient
Have you ever heard of choline? Chances are, you haven’t. But, considering the statistic that 90 percent of Americans are deficient in choline, it seems that we need to shift our focus. Cognitive development and memory function depend heavily on this nutrient.
Choline is an essential nutrient that can be found in lima beans, eggs, and chicken. In addition, Brussels sprouts and wheat germ also contain significant choline levels. Consider adding a choline supplement to your daily intake, as food alone may not be sufficient to help you reach your goals.
Taking care of your brain is so vital if you want to live well. Focus on adding nutrient-rich foods to your diet and taking supplements if needed. You are worth the effort!