This brain healthy food video comes to us from the NBC Today Show. In the video titled “Food to Improve Memory“, nutritionist Joy Bauer highlights specific foods that can help improve memory and boost brain power. She also covers some excellent brain healthy habits that we need to pay special attention to.
Brain Healthy Food Takeaways:
With respect to brain healthy foods, the following list of foods can help improve memory and some can even help prevent and reverse brain cell degeneration. Who doesn’t want some of that!
- Leafy greens
- Berries (all, but especially blueberries)
- Coffee (my favorite + some coconut oil for extra goodness)
In addition, she discusses the following healthy brain habits that we should all take seriously if we want to keep our brains sharp and healthy.
- Keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Challenge your brain
- Don’t smoke
- Give yourself a break
The Most Important Brain Health Takeaway:
A healthy heart makes for a healthy brain.
The key point to remember here is that all the cells in our body, including our brain, thrive on a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients! Without oxygen and nutrients coming from our blood supply, our bodies cells, including vital brain cells, die rapidly.
If you think about it, that’s exactly what a stroke or heart attack is. It’s the lack of oxygen to either the brain or the heart, respectively.
A lack of blood supply to the brain is also what causes vascular dementia.
Eating a heart and brain healthy diet combined with regular exercise work together to provide for the unobstructed smooth sailing of oxygen and nutrients through our arteries and veins to the rest of our body.
A healthy heart and a healthy brain keeps the doctor away – and helps keep your mind sharp to boot!