According to Delicious Living Magazine, food affects our bodies on a MOLECULAR LEVEL. This means that there is a possibility that we can harness the power of food to help us cognitively.
Nutrition Affects Cognitive Function
Fruits and Vegetables
400 grams (2-3 cups) of fruits and vegetables a day is a target
Support healthy brain function
Some sources include:
Salmon, herring, halibut, oysters, and fresh tuna
Milk, soy milk, and yogurt
Flaxseed pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts
Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower
My recipe for Simple Scrumptious Smoothis Bowl provides Fruits and Omega3s:
Lifestyle Affects Cognitive FunctionPhysical Activity
Physically we can help our cognitive function through 30 minutes of exercise and by reducing stress in our lives. Exercise helps all of our organs to work efficiently.
We can challenge our mind through learning new information. There are many platforms for this:
- Take a class in-person or online just for fun. Canvas has many enrichment classes from which people can choose.
- Learn a new language
- Read a book
- Complete crossword puzzles/sudoku
What to Avoid
- Trans Fats
- Excess white sugar
- Refined foods
- Household chemicals (BPA and dioxin)
- Heavy metals
- Phthalates (binding agents to make plastics flexible) Phthlates can be found in household items, personal care products, fragrance, and food. More information on Phthalates can be found in this article by The Guardian.
- Organophosphate metabolites (pesticides) One way to avoid these is to purchase produce following the Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List