We have all heard that we need to eat healthy to maintain healthy bodies. Too often we forget that we also need to nourish our brains. When our brain is working off of a high-fat and junk-food diet, it starts shutting down and we become tired and sluggish.

The brain allows us to think, learn, and act, and it needs energy and nutrients to work effectively and efficiently. There are many ways that food can play a crucial role in how well we live and how well our body functions overall.

There are many ways that you can be mindful of foods that either hinder or enhance brain power:

  • Watch your blood sugar levels and eat regularly to avoid large fluctuations in blood sugar levels, which affect your ability to learn. Your brain needs a steady supply of energy. Skip a meal and your brain will suffer - especially if it's breakfast!
  • Avoid the unhealthy sugars found in candies, icings, packaged baked goods, and soft drinks. These produce instant highs and have the effect of plunging blood sugar levels, which negatively affect our mood and behaviour.
  • Eat a lot of fruits, whole grains and cereals, vegetables, legumes, and dairy products to keep your brain even and steady with the nutrients it needs.
  • Add more protein to your diet. Proteins provide amino acids that create neurotransmitters, or little brain messengers that carry information between cells in the brain.

Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team