For centuries, the great minds took the less traveled road to remain in the game. From Francis Bacon to present geniuses; all were, and are, insane in their craft. How they did it? Although there is no shortcut, but a little carefulness in selecting the food and adopting a healthy lifestyle prove helpful in the long run.
- Right Food for your brain
We have often heard the relationship between the mind and the food you eat. But which foods you should eat to activate the full potential of the brain. Accepting the fact that relying solely on food can’t make you Elon Musk, but definitely it’s a great help.
Include more plant based food in your diet. Cut back on processed food, saturated fats and chicken. Saturated fats are the reason behind your slow cognitive function. By contrast, plant based food help in lowering your blood pressure, increasing your retention power at the same time.
Include these foods:
- Coconut oil
- Legumes and beans
- Green leafy vegetables
- Fish: Tuna and Salmon (recommended)
- Whole grain foods
- Wine (end your day with moderate amount of red wine)
Leave out these foods:
- Fried Foods
- Bacon, sausage, salami
- Pastries and desserts
- Avoid processed food as much as possible
- Omega 3: Seeds you can eat
Your brain needs Omega 3 to function, but your body can’t produce it. Some of the studies have shown that omega 3 helps may increase retention power and support the structure responsible for fluid intelligence. Your body needs approximately 10 grams of Omega 3, so include a number of options. If you are busy, take 10 grams of fish oil.
Foods to include:
- Peas and Pinto Beans
- Fish oil
- Limit your alcohol and smoking
It has been proven that too much alcohol, impairs your learning ability, slows your learning ability, and may cause black-outs. If you have the same genes as Francis Bacon had, then there mayn’t be a problem. Long term use of alcohol also causes shrinking your brain. A moderate amount of alcohol (max 2 drinks) might help in calming in your nerves, but if you can, leave this out.
Recent researches have shown that smoking can cause a thinner cerebral cortex (the area of brain responsible for thinking, memory and language). There is no point discussing here, just quit it.
- Have Coffee
There are lot of literature showing the bad effects of coffee but there are also researches showing good side of it. A cup of coffee makes your brain alert and focused (but slowly wears off). Secondly, it restricts your brain reabsorbing dopamine – a feel good neurotransmitter. However, it doesn’t mean you should rely only on coffee to get an instant energy. Moderation is required, probably 3-4 cup of coffee before the sunset is enough to keep you moving.
Often when we feel anxious or want to outburst on someone, we are providing less oxygen to our brain. That’s why, people often advice count you to breathe for 10 before reacting, it provides the time for your brain to react and also the oxygen which calms your nerve. Don’t worry, just breathe in and breathe out, whenever you have time.
- Avoid Multitasking
In a busy world, who doesn’t want to do 10 things at a time? But sadly, your brain is not wired for it. Until and unless the tasks have been repeated so many times that it has become an automatic process, it’s wiser to do one task at a time.