Foods for your Brain (and body)
by Mark Hughes
Proper nutrition is a key component to living a full and
healthy life. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts give our bodies nutrients that
keep your body healthy. Foods that cause your body harm include deep fried
foods, foods made with lots of sugar, and highly processed foods, such as
many store-bought baked goods and salty snacks. Studies have shown such
foods may slow a person’s ability to think.
Below are some
nutrients your body needs, some foods to get them, and what you can expect
from eating them.
||Effects on your body
||Soybeans (edamame), spinach, calcium-fortified juices, milk,
yogurt, and other dairy products
||Essential for strong bones and teeth, calcium also helps nerves,
glands, and your muscles function.
|Omega-3 fatty acids
||Kiwi fruit, walnuts, salmon
||Improves memory and learning, and helps prevent depression
||Orange juice, lettuce, dried peas, spinach, and beans
||Improves memory, vocabulary, and the ability to learn new
||Almonds, artichoke hearts, black beans, cashews, chick peas,
lentils, peanuts, red kidney beans
||Feeds over 300 enzymes that keep your body running.
||Apricots, carrots, chili peppers, grapefruit, mango, spinach,
sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelons
||Protects the body from infection and helps maintain healthy vision
||Apricots, bell peppers, cabbage, cantaloupes, grapefruits, kiwi
fruit, lemons, limes, oranges, papaya, pine apples, spinach, tomatoes,
||Helps keep gums and teeth healthy and helps cuts or wounds
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