We say goodbye to the long days and short nights of Summer - tucking away the sunscreen and sunglasses to welcome Fall and the slight temperature drop. Whether you’re a concerned parent, or freshly enrolled for a semester of higher learning, the season brings challenges for the brain, body and mind. These changes prompt us to boost our systems in effort to tackle whatever may come.
One way to combat stressors and adapt to new schedules is to go straight for the gut. Foods rich in the good fats, vitamins and minerals keep the immune system in check; providing energy and protecting the brain against wear and tear.
Here are some good-for-you foods, right from the source — nature.
The green giants are packed with protein, omega fatty acids, vitamins B, C and the special K. A couple slices on the side, in a sandwich, or dashed in a smoothie adds creamy goodness to the day, and helps to improve cognitive function, memory and concentration, all while aiding the prevention of blood clots in the brain.
This crowned berry contains manganese, vitamin C, thiamine and bromelain, an enzyme which assists the breakdown of protein, and reduces mucus in the nose and throat. Having a few chunks raw or juicing with a dash of turmeric wards off looming colds or flu-like symptoms associated with seasonal shifts.
The aromatic shrub stimulates blood flow, has parasite-combative properties; prevents gases from forming in the digestive tract, and helps to improve memory. Seasoning dishes with a teaspoon or two of dried or fresh herb, sipping on infusions, or even sniffing a dab of rosemary essential oil alleviates congestion, and is a great aid in staying focused for those long study hours.
Are you up for another challenge? For the coming week, see if adding one or two of these brain-foods to your diet (or the diet of loved ones) makes a difference.
Let us know your findings. We are always curious to know the ways you #invitenaturein.