General Brain Optimization Program
1) Consume “Brain Boosting” Foods and avoid those “Brain Bummers”
2) Consume mostly raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, farm eggs and fish
3) Pair Complex Carbohydrates (whole grains, rice) with protein and Essential Fatty Acids
4) Get 6 hours of Physical Activity per week (Joining a group such as the Hamilton Hammerheads is great for your children. We offer workouts in swimming, biking, running and strength and conditioning)
5) Get adequate rest to avoid fatigue (8 hours of sleep per night is optimal)
***** Secret tip: hold breath for 30 seconds every hour for 30 days (improves mental alertness)
Food is essential to our ever changing and growing bodies. So, when you wake up in the morning, think about how you want your brain (or your children’s brains) to work. Below I have listed some of the best brain boosting foods, as well as “Brain Bummers”. Try these foods in any combination, or follow my recommended Brain Boosting Recipes throughout the day to Power your Brain.
If you are still feeling apprehensive about your brain’s memory ability, contact a Holistic Practitioner as they may help to determine more specific needs for your body.
Best Brain Boosting Foods
Spinach - Aids in memory retention
Eggplant - Improves focus
Broccoli – Improves cognitive function
Eggs – Contain a high level of choline which gives memory a boost
Yogurt - (if you are able) contains a high level of calcium which helps with memory and alertness as well as an amino acid called tyrosine which produces dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for reward-driven learning.
Wild Salmon - improves brain growth & function
Bananas - are high in antioxidants, dopamine (boosts memory and attention) and serotonin (boosts memory, learning and mood).
Blueberries - boost brain function and help to protect the brain from stress while improving motor skills and learning capacity
Apples - prevent the loss of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter important for memory and brain health
Hemp Seeds - are Rich in Omega 3's which are essential for brain and nervous system health. They promote memory, learning, and immune function.
Lecithin - helps to increases acetylcholine levels in the brain which boosts memory. Acetylcholine actually determines Brain Speed, if you have a lot your brain works faster than if you are deficient. As a bonus, it is also helpful in reducing anxiety.
Nuts and seeds - help to improve cognitive function due to their high content of Essential Fatty Acids and acetylcholine.
Garlic - possesses memory-enhancing properties
Red Cabbage – As an antioxidant it helps to decrease brain cell damage
Coffee - offers immediate gratification and awakens the mind, but rest assured your will crash and be left without memory retention capacity.
Simple Sugars - may seem like a great idea in the moment but they actually “turn-off” your brain.
Brain Booster 1
2 Tbsp Flax Oil1 Banana
½ Cup of Pre-Soaked Almonds (Soak Overnight)
1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
2 Cups of Almond Milk
4 ice cubes
1 Serving of Protein Powder
Brain Booster 2
1 Banana1 Apple (you can use apple juice if you like)
½ Cup Blueberries
1/3 Cup Hemp Seeds
1 Tablespoon Lecithin
4 ice cubes Handful Ice
1tbsp ground flax seed
3 tbsp Hemp seeds
1 tbsp Lecithin granules
Shredded Red Cabbage
1 tbsp Raisins
Brain Boosting Snacks
Yogurt and nutsYogurt and berries
Banana and nut butter
Apple and nut butter
Hard boiled egg
Yogurt mixed with homemade granola (nuts, hemp hearts, lecithin, maple syrup, raisins)