You are what you eat, and very much so what you drink! As your cells rebuild with the nutrition you feed it, they can only take the building blocks from what you ingest. So let me tell you about a few different beneficial drinks specifically for the health of your brain and energy levels.
- Chai: This is a tea infused with a variety of spices and blended with milk or a non-dairy milk substitute. It will awaken your senses and your brain. Traditionally prepared in India, many spices blends are available now, and is simply brewed all together with spice blend, ginger, milk, and as many tea bags as you prefer.
- Water: Staying hydrated benefits your body and brain by keeping you detoxified and oxygenated, so drink plenty of water for a brain boost. Your brain and body is made up mostly of water, and since you expel lots of water throughout your day, it must be replaced!
- Matcha: This stone-ground, powdered form of green tea is a super-concentrated version of the green tea that comes in tea bags and provides a super blast for your brain.
- Caffeine: Studies indicate a little caffeine may be beneficial to your brain, so have that cup of coffee when you brain feels a little sluggish. As in chocolate, and eggs, choline is found in coffee as well, this is the main ingredient that helps feed your brain. It helps and is a precursor to acetyl-choline which acts as a neurotransmitter between the left and right hemispheres of you brain.
- Kava kava: Long used in the South Pacific, kava kava is reported to induce both brain stimulation and anxiety reduction. Also known as black tea in India. Black tea is also fermented and used in Kombucha, a very healthy drink for your brain as well – however no scientific evidence backs the benefits of Kombucha, and people have been known to die from improper production of Kombucha.
- Smoothies: A simple brain-boosting smoothie with fresh fruits and yogurt or a bit of protein powder will have your brain working again in no time.
- Ginkgo biloba tea: Ginkgo biloba tea helps promote blood flow, memory, and mental alertness.
- Ginseng tea: Tea made from the ginseng root provides better mental acuity as well as boosts blood circulation, reduces fatigue, and a host of other benefits.
- Cinnamon and peppermint: Research shows that cinnamon and peppermint stimulates the brain. Have some gum or tea and give it a shot. The scent in both of these actually triggers the hippocampus, helping with mental fatigue, nausea, dizziness, removing nervous tension and memory loss.
- Curry: Curry, and especially the turmeric in curry dishes, has been shown to boost cognition. The tantalizing taste will also help wake up your brain.
- Antioxidants: eating foods that are antioxidants can help improve focus, problem-solving, and memory, below are foods rich in antioxidants.
- Avocado: Avocados have mono saturated fat (the good fat), which increases blood flow, which gives your brain a boost.
- Fish oil: This nutrient, either obtained through eating fish or taking a good-quality supplement, not only increases overall physical health, it also helps boost your brain power. Another way to receive the choline!
- Salmon: Salmon is good for your body and your brain. This super food is high in omega-3 EFAs and protein, low in cholesterol and contains quite a few B vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron and magnesium.
- Fruits and veggies: Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great brain booster as they are rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
- Whole grains: Two and a half servings of whole grains a day can significantly reduce your chance for a stroke and keeps your brain in top shape.
- Olive oil: This healthy oil has been shown to break up clots in capillaries and generally help with blood flow.
Blueberries: These little berries really pack a punch when it comes to brain health. Pop a few when your blood sugar and brain function feel low.
- Cocoa: Foods containing cocoa, like chocolate, may provide benefits for memory and learning due to choline. The endorphins raised by eating chocolate will also provide a more immediate boost for your brain.
Remember it is true that individual cells have a finite life span, and when they die they are replaced by new cells. Between 50 and 75 trillion cells are in the body and each type of cell has its own life span. Your body needs the right kinds of foods to keep up with this life and death cycle! So literally you are what you eat!