“We live in a world where we breathe in chemicals, smoke and toxins (just to name a few), which we have no control over,” says Stacey Roberts-Davis, a registered dietitian based in Florida in the United States.
“We also eat foods with pesticides and chemicals, and have allergies to foods we don't even realise. All of these things can affect the way we think and how our bodies work,” adds Roberts-Davis.
The good news is that you can beat brain fog with powerful foods that boost your cognitive powers. The next time you're feeling foggy headed, reach for one of these four snacks, each of which are full of nutrients that fuel your brain to function efficiently.
Four snacks that will help reduce brain fog
“Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits and vegetables,” says Roberts-Davis. “They’re known to improve memory and cognitive function.” Some studies have even found that blueberries help stave off Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia
Seeds of all kinds – think sunflower, pumpkin, flax and chia – are chockfull of B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and other nutrients
that can help with memory and other cognitive functions, according to a body of research.
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#3: Dark chocolate
“The antioxidant properties and natural stimulants in dark chocolate help enhance focus, explains Roberts-Davis. “It can also help improve concentration and stimulate the production of endorphins.” Sound too good to be true? A study from the University of South Australia found that people who ate dark chocolate once a week showed better organisation, memory and abstract memory.
Avocados are rich in oleic acid, a fatty acid that plays an important role in protecting neurons, as well as a number of other brain-boosting vitamin sand minerals. They also promote healthy blood flow, which promotes increased brain function.
Which other foods would you recommend for beating brain fog?
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