The holidays can bring a lot of stress, both physically and mentally. We have ways in which we can destress that look like trips to the masseuse, a relaxing yoga class, meditation, a nice walk with the dog, etc. Did you know that you can help your body combat stress with food? Instead of opting for high sugar treats, opt for savory and delicious foods that are not only fun to try but also will make your brain happy. During times of high stress, like the holidays, snacking on high sugar foods won’t take any stress off the body. Keeping our brain and body’s stress load to a minimum is important. To do that we have to keep our brain the happiest with nutrient dense foods. These foods aren’t something you need to forage in some faraway land. In fact, these foods for brain and mental health might already be planned for your holiday feasting.
3 Foods to Promote Brain Health and Mental Health
Sweet potatoes are an excellent food of choice for brain health! They are rich in vitamins B6, folate, fiber, and niacin which are beneficial to our “mood chemicals.” Sweet potatoes are also antioxidants that are great for your immune function, so eat them up because colds are in full swing. Although they are sweet which makes you think they would spike your blood sugar, they actually help control your blood sugar due to the fiber they contain.
This one might be a no-brainer since leafy greens are always a good choice due to them being rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. All of these nutrients are essential for healthy brain and mood function.
Cranberries are known to protect nerve cells against damage. Additionally, they have been found to ultimately protect the gut microbiota, and provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions throughout the brain and body. Might little beasts.
To add to your festive mood-boosting meal, why not add a drink that promotes brain health too? Our SUPER POWDER contains a proprietary blend of 5-HTP, resveratrol, l-tyrosine, quercetin, huperzine-A, and astragalus which are ingredients to help your brain keep sharp, clear, and happy. You can even fancy up our SUPER FUEL with one our mocktails. Cheers!