Eating while keeping mental health in mind

Tanisha Sanghavi, shares how little care and mindful eating can help enhance the functioning of the brain, and what food are beneficial for better brain functioning

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With anxiety and stress at its peak in an individual’s life due to various reasons, it results in diminished brain functioning. A constant supply of fuel is required for the brain, and it comes from the food one eats.

To overcome this decline in brain functioning, we need to rely on different alternatives to cope up anxiety/ stress or directly boosts brain power. Having food as an alternative could be the best technique to boost cognitive functioning.

The limbic system, in the temporal lobe, is responsible for the drives and emotions. Alongside amygdala and hypothalamus generates and regulates emotions. The hypothalamus controls the endocrine system responsible for hormone production and its release.

Certain neurotransmitters and hormones like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, epinephrine, norepinephrine, oxytocin, and progesterone are involved in regulating emotional responses.

Anti-anxiety foods

Legumes, nuts, seeds – Rich in magnesium may help a person to feel calmer.

Herring, salmon, mackerel – Contain omega-3 fatty acid, which may help reduce anxiety.

Asparagus extract – Natural food with anti-anxiety properties.

Avocado and almonds – Containing B vitamins spur the release of as serotonin, and dopamine, thereby managing anxiety.

Antioxidants rich food for anxiety

Beans: Pinto, black, red kidney beans

Fruits: Prunes, sweet cherries, plums, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries

Nuts: Walnuts, pecans

Vegetables: Kale, spinach, broccoli

Turmeric and ginger: Contains curcumin which has anti-anxiety properties.

Foods that boost brain functioning

Greens leafy vegetables: With brain-friendly nutrients – carotenoids, and flavonoids.

Herring, salmon, mackerel: A rich source of omega-3 fatty acid like DHA boosts memory, and protect your brain.

Walnuts: As brain owes its outer appearance like a walnut, they are of utmost importance to promote brain functions.

Flaxseeds: Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat, helps relax blood vessels, blood moves freely through arteries, and to the brain.

Milk, soy protein: branched-chain amino acid cross the blood-brain barrier, and also help activate a part of the brain involved to regulate attention.

Mindful eating, coupled with these foods, enhance the functioning of the brain.

As rightly said, “A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”