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WHAT DO FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND FISH HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR BRAIN?

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 -- Everything!

A brain-healthy diet reduces your risk for stroke by lowering the cholesterol that can lead to plaque build-up in your arteries. Nutritious foods can also lower the plaque’s ability to form clots that can break off and cause blockages. And, a brain-healthy diet can help reduce your blood pressure. And a healthy diet can also reduce your blood pressure, which can reduce strain on your blood vessels and the resulting inflammation.

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Healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and fish containing omega 3 fatty acids can also provide benefits that we can often enjoy right away.

A brain-healthy diet can help you move to a healthier weight and enjoy more energy, thanks to a steadier supply of blood sugar. You might also find yourself craving less junk food because your appetite-regulating hormones are working well. Omega 3s can also improve your focus and concentration, and lower your chance of depression.

The earlier you start developing healthy habits, the sooner a brain-friendly diet becomes a no-brainer. Try these helpful tips:

  • Grocery shop on the outer aisles. You’ll find produce and fresh selections of staple foods. Avoid processed and ready-made foods on the inner aisles. They’re usually higher in sodium and sugar — and cost!
  • Chop vegetables and fruit ahead of time and keep them handy for snacks and cooking.
  • If your week is busy, cook healthy meals over the weekend and keep them in the fridge or freezer.

Here are some of the foods to keep your brain working to its best ability!

  • Fruits Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Whole-grain, high-fiber foods
  • Dairy: Fat-free and low-fat (1%) products
  • Beans
  • Lean meats like skinless poultry

For additional information, please visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org

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