Brain Boosting Lunch Ideas

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Last week we reviewed some tips for creating ergonomic workspaces and the associated somatic benefits. This week’s blog post is inspired from another Washington Post Article that suggests certain foods that boost brain-power. In addition to making sure you are moving throughout your workday, aslo making sure you fuel your body with foods that provide mental clarity as opposed to fog can create a healthier and less stressful workplace experience.

Foods to Eat More

DHA – Coldwater Fish Oils

Think mackerel, herring, tuna, halibut, and salmon. DHAs support brain development, reduce brain inflammation, and may aid stress management.

Protein

Think chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, avocado and again salmon! Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, facilitate neurotransmitter activity.

Antioxidants

Think blueberries, purple grapes, raspberries, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, orange vegetables, nuts, and green tea. Antioxidants strengthen the blood vessel walls in the brain and help mitigate oxidative stress which spikes cortisol levels.

Water

Think more viscous blood flow = less brain fog.

Foods to Eat Less

Sugar and caffeine, which of course are the two things you are most likely to reach for when you are feeling stuck in a rut. Remember these two foods may help very temporarily, but the crash following will leave you feeling worse off than before.

 

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