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Weight Loss Exercise Just Makes Sense

Bill 1
Bill 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A lot of us live our lives like we are bound by something unseen. Yes, still humans are built to move, too often many put themselves on activity restriction. We have bodies designed and quite able to  race across the savannas, but some live a lifestyle made up of: dragging along from the bed to the breakfast table; to the car seat; to the office chair; to the restaurant chair; to the living room couch and finally back to the bed.

 

It was not always this way. Not long ago in the United States, a man who worked on a farm did the equivalent of 15 miles of jogging every day; and his wife did the equivalent of 7 miles of jogging.

 

Today, our daily obligations of work and home keep us tied to our chairs, and if we want exercise, we have to desperately make time for it.

 

The fact is, health experts insist that the worldwide obesity situation is probably caused as much by lack of physical activity as by eating too much. Hence, it is important that people get revved up to move around.

 

However, that does not mean that a lap or two around the old high school track will offset a daily load of donuts. Exercise alone is not very efficient, experts say. They contend that if you just exercise and do not change your diet, you may be able to prevent weight gain or even lose a few pounds for only  a little while then the weight may just slide back on.

 

Nevertheless, it is not something that you are likely to sustain unless exercise is part of an overall program. The more regularly you exercise, the easier it is to maintain your weight. Here is what to do every day to make sure that you get the exercise you need.

 

1. Get quality rest preferably at night.

 

Make sure that you get adequate sleep. Good sleep habits are conducive to exercise, experts point out. If you feel worn out during the day, you are less likely to get much physical activity during the day.

 

In addition, there is evidence that people who are tired tend to eat more, using food as a substance for the rest they need.

 

2. Take A Walk

 

It is probably the easiest exercise program of all. In fact, it may be all you ever have to do, according to some professional advices of some health experts.

 

Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week. Brisk walks themselves have health and psychological benefits that are well worth the while.

 

3. Walk On A treadmill

 

When the weather is bad, you might not feel like going outdoors. But if you have a treadmill in the television room, you can catch up on your favorite shows while you are doing your daily good turn for your weight-maintenance plan.

 

Most of us watch television anyway, and indoor exercise equipment enables anyone to turn a sedentary activity into a healthy walk.

 

4. Go For It Today

 

Excuses aside, lack of time is certainly a limiting factor in most lifestyles. That is why health experts suggest a basic guideline for incorporating exercise into your schedule. If you needed another reason to get started, there are many.

 

Get as much exercise as you can that feels good without letting it interfere with your work or family life. If you need to, remind yourself that you are preventing many health problems when you prevent weight gain; and keeping your health in a manageable place is a gift to your family as well as yourself. Live lighter, live longer.

 

The Appropriation cycle (12pm-8pm ). This is when we should eat the majority of our heavy concentrated foods.

Now your body has the energy required to preformed the vital functions concerning the food you eat. INGEST (EAT)  – DIGEST (BREAK DOWN). This is when we should eat the majority of our HEAVY CONCENTRATED FOODS.

Lunch and dinner fall into this cycle.

This is the time when the body is most efficient at digesting and dealing with foods. It’s also the time when we are burning them up the fastest because we’re at our most active. As long as we are eating according the dictates of our appetite, we should be merrily refuelling and burning, refuelling and burning in a fairly steady and comfortable way, which makes for a really comfortable feeling in the body.Eating when one is truly hungry can take a bit of getting used to, but is far more enjoyable than eating just because the clock dictates it’s lunchtime. And it makes so much sense! 

Lunch is the best convenient to have starch meals at lunch as opposed to protein, Do so – Do not make this difficult.

Just make sure you plan your meals using the BASIC PRINCIPLES OF COMBING HEAVIER CONCENTRATED FOOD (protein or starch) with lighter foods, vegetable and /or salad).

Here are the food combining basics:

  • Starches + Veggies = OK
  • Proteins + Veggies = OK
  • Proteins + Starches = No No
  • Plant Proteins + Plant Proteins = OK
  • Animal Proteins + Animal Proteins = No No
  • Starches + Starches = OK
  • Fats + Proteins (animal or plant) = No No (or pair moderately)
  • Fats + Carbohydrates = OK
  • Fats + Starches = OK
  • Fruits are best eaten on an empty stomach
  • Fruit + Raw greens = OK (except melons)

When you “mis-combine” (mix incompatible food groups together at the same meal), two things happen: first, the food does not digest properly and ends up rotting and putrefying in your stomach, and second, because the food isn’t being absorbed properly, you don’t get the nutritional value you need from it.

When you mis-combine your meals by mixing animal protein with, say, carbohydrates high in starch (Maxi Carbs), your stomach begins pouring in both alkaline and acid, and unfortunately they neutralize each other. It’s a stalemate, and since the stomach maintains a 104 degree temperature, what you end up with is sort of an “oven” where the undigested meat and starch begins to ferment, rot and putrefy, causing the undesirable symptoms of gas, flatulence, headaches, bloat, sleepiness, diarrhea, constipation, etc. We’re talking about a real mess, and if it continues over the years, undigested food will begin to pile up and ultimately clog your colon and intestinal tract (your life lines to health).

 

WE ALL MUST BECOME MORE ACCEPTING OF THE FACT THAT…..WE DO NOT HAVE TO EAT MEAT AT EVERY MEAL……..WORK WITH THE PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAM WILL WORK FOR YOU.

 

Exercise, exercise, exercise. We all know the benefits of exercising.

Exercise, exercise, exercise. We all know the benefits of exercising. But if you say you never have time, I tell you—you are never too busy to keep moving. Get up from the couch and just start moving. Any physical activity that gets your feet moving already falls under the category of exercise. Gardening, sweeping the floor, mopping, walking up and down the stairs, walking the dog—these are wonderful ways to be active.

Daily exercise will energize your body in addition to providing many other health benefits. By increasing the circulation of your blood, oxygen is carried to all parts of your body more effectively. This increased blood flow dynamically nourishes and oxygenates your cells, making them (and you) very happy and vibrant! Exercise strengthens and tones your heart and muscles, burn fats and keep you limber and gives you energy and vitality.

There are two basic types of excerise: aerobic and anaerobic.

Aerobic exercises require high oxygen consumption which brings cardiovascular benefits to the heart, crculatrary system and all the tissues and organs of your body. Running, walking, swimming, dancing, bicycling and exercise equipment such as a stairmaster or a stationary bike provide great aerobic benefits

Aerobic exercise  health benefits

  •  Improved circulation and lower blood pressure
  •  Increased lung capacity through stronger respiratory muscles
  • A stronger heart, which boosts pumping efficiency and lowers the resting heart rate
  • Increased red blood cell count, which transports oxygen more efficiently throughout the entire body
  •  Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

Anaerobic exercise does not required high oxygen consumption, but will tone the body and increase lean muscle mass, while descreasing body fat. Weight lifting, sprinting and jumping, carrying heavy objects and various forms of physical labor are example of anaerobic exercise.

Anaerobic exercise health benefits

  • Stronger bones
  •  Reduced muscle atrophy with age
  • Increased speed and power
  •  Increased muscle strength and mass

A main difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercise are the fuels each uses. Again, anaerobic exercise uses carbs or sugar. Aerobic workouts use some carbs but also lots of fat as fuel.  In fact, the more fit you are the more fat you use during aerobics.  Also, the gentler the activity the more fat you use. As intensity is raised, carbs are increasingly relied on to fuel activity.

For a better looking body with more vibrant and efficient cellular functioning in all your tissues and organs, combine stretching exercise with both aerobic and anaerobic –and be the best you can.

Water is one the most important substance on earth that supports the internal functions of human, animals and plants.

The average adult body loses about three and a half quarts daily in perspiration, respiration, urination and defecation. Body temperature is regulated through water. Water makes up 92% of the blood of the body and nearly 98% of intestinal, gastric, salivary and pancreatic juices. Water holds all nutritive factors in solution and acts as a transportation medium of these substances. Water is necessary for proper digestion of food.

One of the most important functions of water is to flush toxins from the body. The body holds onto water to dilute toxins so the only way to lose water weight is to stop eating the foods that are poisons to the body.Some people are holding up to 15 pounds of weight just in water! This leaves you looking puffy, bloated and swollen. Remember…the solution to pollution is dilution and this is why water and weight loss are so closely connected.

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied. Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the right amount of water you should every day? Here’s an easy way to figure the proper daily amount. Take your body weight and divide it in two (150lbs. = 75lbs.) then change the pounds toounces, (75lbs. = 75oz.). This is how much water you should drink a day to maintain proper hydration. Be sure to increase your water intake slowly, or you will spend a great deal of time in the bathroom.

 

 

 

Water Affirmation
*Water refreshes and replenishes me.
*Water helps me maintain my good health and vibrant skin.
*I love water.
*I love drinking water.
*I drink enough water each day.

Source: http://www.tuberose.com/Water.html

Don’t Be A Lazy Vegetarian

Indian curry is real good.
Indian curry is real good. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems like the diet for so many vegetarians is filled with noodles, desserts, and processed junk from everywhere you can think of. For a person to feel life in their body they have to add life to their body in someway or else.

Selecting the Improper carbohydrate supply for your body creates a high probability of obesity and other health issues. You or someone you know has been there. After a long day at work and the last thing on your mind is to set a moment aside to prepare a healthy, nutritionally balanced vegetarian dish. So you may of opted for a pizza from a local resturant that serves your favorite pizza on wheat crust with maybe even soy cheese too.

But there’s only one problem. Sure your dinner choices are taken care of plus you have your vegetarian pizza with a tiny amount of sprinkled vegetables on it too. However you still have no real nutritional benefit added to your body. Dough, sauce and a hint of over cooked veggies are well under what your body needs to truly thrive most effectively!

It’s not good in the long run to choose a refined or enr carbohydrate iched (the junk stuff) over the opposite which is 100% beneficial carbohydrates that a solid, well-balanced vegetarian diet offers without any guess work. Eating for taste alone defeats the purpose of your decision to live a vegetarian lifestyle. A balanced vegetarian diet ideal for optimal health. Eating refined carbohydrates presents several potential risks to your well being.

Over-ingestion of processed carbohydrates and all kinds of sugar can result in extra insulin in the bloodstream, not a good thing at all. In the presence of too much insulin, glucose, the blood sugar, is converted to triglycerides and stored in the fat cells of the body causing the body to stop burning but instead to store fat. Unless you’re looking to gain unhealthy weight, not an amazing idea for the health of your body.

According to a medical analysis, eating refined grains could also raise your risk of acquiring stomach cancer. In addition, refined sugars and carbohydrates have been suggested as a factor in contributing to increased gallbladder disease, according to a recent study. The research showed a direct link between the amount of sugars eaten and the incidence of gallbladder disease. Another study looked at the role carbohydrates play in the incidence of heart disease. The researchers noted that as carbohydrate consumption increased, so did the level of triglycerides in the blood of the participants.

People can’t live off of sugars alone. Most people don’t know it but there is a such thing as healthy cholesterol. There has to be a stability in the diet for the most exceptional results. Diets low in fat and high in carbohydrates not only dramatically raised triglyceride levels but significantly reduced levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol.

Another contributing factor to an out of whack vegetarian diet is, refined white sugars. These high processed sugars are known to increase the rate at which your body EXCRETES calcium, which is directly connected to your skeletal health. The bottom line is, as your sugary and refined carbohydrate intake increases, your bone solidity diminishes.

A good vegetarian meal can take all of 30 minutes to prepare and we’re talking about a very healthy meal too! All it takes to eat better is to Plan to do so. You will certainly need a grocery list and an idea of what you want to eat throughout the week but also decide how often you want to eat your homemade meals. Don’t be lazy! Take care of your body and take the time to put together a nutritious, delicious vegetarian meal. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for putting in extra work it in the long run.

 

 

Meditate and Grow Rich For Life!

If you’re searching for one factor that can alter your life right away, and even Favorably and generously then Meditation is what you want. The extensive collection of meditation rewards can be witnessed from both near and far. You most likely feel tranquil at the moment merely from the idea of meditation, now don’t you? I’m not going to tell you that you don’t have a very good reason to feel peaceful about meditation. It’s been clinically proven that when you take time to reflect during your day, your health has the potential to get better overnight. Let’s talk about the benefits of taking a break during the day to you, in short the gains to your body, mind and spirit are going to be huge. I know you can use a break to catch your breath each day. If you want to get back your day, you can do it! Meditation is for more than simply sitting down and taking a couple deep breaths of air. Meditation is a dynamic bonus, of yoga breathing, focus, rhythmic motion, programming new behavior responses, erasing unwanted emotional patterns, visualization and  the list goes on from there. Meditation can afford you with the time to get your life just the way you want it by at least visualizing what you want while you’re deep in a trance state. Whatever you want to change or improve about your life can be done while you’re deep in a meditation. The speed  you can change your life depends on your efforts to success. The best thing about introspection is that it’s a personal accountability thing. Whatever happens is solely on you and your intention. You get out of meditation whatever you put in.

Balancing The Inner And Outer Bodies

Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul
Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the year 2012 in full swing you’re sure to feel some changes within you. More than ever people are making life changing decisions. The reason for the take -action -now- movement  is probably because 2012 is the year of the Dragon the year of expansion, change and inner transformation. You may have seen dragons at work in movies but not this lifetime. From what you can see on film from you comfortable seat in front of the movie or tv screen, I’m sure you’ll agree that dragons are dynamic in their movement. So being that this is the year of the dragon in chinese astrology anyway, this year is fast-moving and full of fire.

Most people are experiencing changes both within themselves, also in their environments too. Last year was the year of the rabbit. Reflect back to last year to see what the energy was last year. Compare the energy of last year to this year. Quite honestly last year was a year that was just right for meditation and personal transformation work. This year one has to work a bit harder to stay on point with their inner work. But with all this fiery movement going on around us, how can you stay on your inner grind?

Triumph of tapping the inner you takes place by adhering to a plan. What is this plan? The plan is one that you create with your goals and future in mind. If you want to conquer your dreams you have to work for it. How will you keep your mind from drifting while you’re working? You should give the body exactly what it wants. In this way the body gets to drift and relax (go into the zone)

People are feeling a bit ‘out of their body’. You may have had revelations about your past or future in ways that you can’t seem to put into words now. Well you should certainly look into meditation, deep breathing and some form of life force cultivation exercise too. A couple of life force cultivation exercise types are Tai Qi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Martial Arts too. I you took just a small part of your day to schedule a special time just to do inner work for your body, spirit and mind, you will give yourself the best of both worlds. Once you finish your schedule in the evening or morning then head off to work, then you would have taken care of the inside stuff before tending to your external duties. This way you feel complete and fulfilled regardless of what comes to your mind while you’re working. The fact that you have bills pay means that you cannot go too deep into the mental zone without possibly getting yourself into trouble because of not being present at work. The boss would certainly not agree with you coming into work to do meditations and day dreaming about your life or even better ‘what’s life on Mars like’.

So you see how just a few minutes a day can take you into a more peaceful place but only by using your desire to be balanced then planning your time to accommodate your mission. The benefits of adding a relaxing daily regimen are almost unlimited in how they will give back to you. You have to take the first step and be honest with yourself. Look at your life in all its colors, textures then  listen to the feed back of your heart. What should you do differently to get to the next day with more peace and more answers to the discovery of who you are? It’s not enough to simply plan, with planning next comes action. Lay out exactly what you will use during your inner work. Do you need meditation music, a yoga mat, special clothing, shoes etc.

Whatever you need to be ready to relax, its most important to have those things ready as soon as you spring from your bed or walk into the door. Repetition is the key to conquering your dreams. Once you do your routine for at least 21 days, your new regimen will be a habit to your body. After 21 days you will feel the difference when you do your routine. In fact ,when you get up or come home you will notice that you almost mechanically jump right into action without any opposing thoughts from your mind. Enjoy your healing work. Relax. Balance is your birth right!

Recipe: Coconut Curry Callaloo (Vegan)

Callaloo

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups chopped or sliced callaloo (rinsed)

1/4 cup water

1 small or medium onion chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

3 large clove garlic, chopped

1/3 red or green pepper chopped

1/4 tsp fresh or dried thyme 

3 dashes of cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp salt (optional)

1 Tbs curry powder

1 Tbs palm oil

1 Tbs coconut oil


The Recipe
Remove all loose rough pieces, pieces with dark spots, or hard stems from callaloo. Rinse in a large bowl of cold water. Pour out dirty water then slice callalou into slices or cubes. In a medium pot add oil and water. Next, add callaloo to a pot and add enough cold water to cover the callaloo. Add seasonings. Cover pot. Steam callaloo on a medium heat and simmer for about ten minutes or just until callaloo is tender. The callaloo should be green, even while cooking it. Any discoloration means the callaloo is overcooked. Serve while hot but take your time and enjoy!

Serves: 2- 3

Great served as a side dish or with plantain or breadfruit for lovely vegetarian breakfast.

Brain Food: Foods that help you to concentrate, increase memory, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, speed up your reaction time, control stress, and even slow down the aging of brain cells!

The brain requires more food nourishment than the rest of the body combined. Did you know that once the brain cells die, they cannot be replenished, unlike the cells of the rest of the body? Did you know that the higher the quality of whole food nourishment that is taken in by the body, the greater the whole food nourishment fed to the brain. Did did you know that the whole food nourishment fed to the brain, the longer the cell life expectancy and greater the quality of thoughts and reasoning regarding whole life matters?

In our recent article we talk about Foods to Add to the Brain!! Eating Plans to Help Improve Brain Function(https://blissreturned.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/foods-to-add-to-the-brain-eating-plans-to-help-improve-brain-function/).

Food is an easy way to improve brain function because you can build up the nutrients and chemicals needed for your brain to operate at maximum efficiency while also enhancing your overall health. Have you ever noticed if you skip a meal or two you have difficulty concentrating, or perhaps you become a little irritable? That’s your brain telling you it needs a new supply of nutrition to operate properly.

Essential fatty acids- many people are led to believe that dietary fats are bad. However certain fats obtained from foods are critical for optimal brain health. Your brain cells depend on fats for construction, repair, and ongoing communication.

Unsaturated fats are those that must be obtained from diet because the body cannot create them. Among the most important of these are unsaturated omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are plentiful in the typical American diet, it’s the omega-3 fatty acids that are less plentiful in our diet.

Our focus here is on those particular nutrients found in foods that enhance neuron firing and cross-linking in the brain. The foods listed below can help you: concentrate, increase memory, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, speed up your reaction time, control stress, and even slow down the aging of brain cells! So here is a list of 20 different food types that we can add to our diet, their effects, and how they function:

1. Wholegrain Foods

Whole grain is a great brain stimulator because it contains high percentage of folate. Make sure you’re eating a diet rich in whole grain breads, cereals, barley, popcorn, etc., because they can boost your blood flow to the brain. Every organ in the body is dependent on blood flow… especially the brain.
Wholegrain breads and cereals are rich in Vitamin B6, an important brain vitamin. Wheat germ additionally contains memory-improving thiamine.
Nuts

Everything from the most common nuts — such as walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews and almonds — to the more exotic seeds and nuts can clear up that “brain fog” and enable you to think clearer and are positive mood enhancers.
2. Walnuts
Both literally and figuratively speaking, walnuts are “brain food”. Physically the walnut looks a lot like the human brain. The thin, outer green cover that is taken out before the walnuts are sold is similar to the scalp. The hard shell of a walnut is like a skull. The thin sheet inside, with its paper-like partitions between the two halves of the walnut, is like the membrane. The shape of the walnut itself represents the human brain’s two hemispheres.
Walnuts are made up of 15 to 20 percent protein and contain linoleic (omega-6 fatty acids) and alpha-linoleic acids (omega-3 fatty acids), vitamin E and vitamin B6, making them an excellent source of nourishment for your nervous system.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts are especially helpful in brain function. Our brain is more than 60% structural fat which needs to be primarily omega-3 fats, found in walnuts and flaxseed, for its cell membranes to function properly. Cell membranes, primarily composed of fats, are the gatekeepers of the cell. Omega-3 fats, flexible and fluid by nature, make it easy for nutrients to pass thru the outer membrane of the cell and also helps remove waste efficiently. Definitely worth it when the cell belongs to your brain, don’t you think?
Walnuts may also help correct the human brain’s seratonin levels. Seratonin is an important brain chemical that controls both our moods and appetite. Walnuts may be able to relieve disorders like insomnia, depression, overeating and other compulsive behavior, commonly treated with antidepressant drugs like Prozac, without the dangerous side effects.
3. Cashews
While you’re in the nut aisle shopping for walnuts be sure to pick up some cashews, almonds, pecans and peanuts too. Each nut can enhance your mental health in its own way. Cashews are high in magnesium, known to open up the blood vessels in your body. More oxygen-rich blood = better brain function.
4. Almonds
Phenylalanine, found in almonds, can do wonders for your mental and neurological health. Phenylalanine has the rare ability to cross the blood-brain barrier where it stimulates the brain to generate natural mood-boosting neurotransmitters called dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline. Additionally, almonds are high in riboflavin which is known to boost memory.
5. Pecans
Pecans and peanuts provide choline, another important nutrient for optimal brain function. Choline aids in both memory and brain development.
Berries

6. Blueberries
Eating blueberries and a diet rich in deep pigment from fruits and vegetables helps preserve the brain machinery and boost the potency of neuron signals. Blueberries literally strengthen the brain. They have compounds that turn on key systems in the brain enable other proteins to help with memory or other cognitive skills.
In one recent study, subjects who ate one cup of blueberries a day for two weeks showed an increased birth rate of brain cells in the hippocampus (region responsible for memory), and scored significantly higher in classroom tests than those subjects who did not.
Blueberries are also known to protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. In addition, blueberries also contain ellagic acid, another phytochemical that has been shown to prevent cell damage.
7. Strawberries


Antioxidant-rich strawberries can prevent age-related neurological declines by improving brain cell abilities to send and receive the ‘signaling’ molecules. The brain uses these signaling molecules to communicate.
Remarkably, these same studies showed that the powerful antioxidants in strawberries, spinach and blueberries can improve the ability to communicate even among brain cells already showing signs of age-related damage.
8. Blackberries
Blackberries contain an amazing class of nutrients called anthocyanins. Our brain is particularly vulnerable to oxidative damage but anthocyanins help protect our brain from oxidation stress, which in turn fights degenerative brain diseases.
One study even found anthocyanin-rich supplements to reverse age-related neurological deficits in subjects.
Seeds

9. Sunflower Seeds
Like nuts, many seeds and nuts can boost your mood and brainpower. Sunflower seeds contain tryptophan, an important amino acid that the brain converts to seratonin, which is a natural way to relieve mild depression and insomnia. Additionally, sunflower seeds are high in thiamine, an important B vitamin, which increases memory and cognitive function.
10. Pumpkin Seeds
Amazingly, the most powerful part of the pumpkin lies in its least used part. The seeds of the pumpkin are a power food, rich in many nutrients including: Zinc, Vitamin A and E, and the precious Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The Zinc found in pumpkin seeds plays a vital role in enhancing memory and thinking skills.
11. Green Tea

Green tea is a wonderful beverage, and when freshly brewed, it enhances memory and focus and fights mental fatigue. Green tea contains catechines, which help you relax mentally, yet also keeps your wits sharpened.
Green Tea also helps maintain positive mood states and fights against many brain disorders. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants found in green tea that can boost the availability of the important signaling brain substance dopamine in brain circuits. Dopamine is vital in creating positive mood states.
Polyphenols also help the brain and body run smoothly by maintaining a steady supply of our body’s primary fuel: glucose. These powerful polyphenols also help prevent cancer and heart attacks.
12. Eggs
Eggs indeed offer a very impressive nutritional profile for their 70 calories. They are a precious source of high-quality proteins and rich in vitamins and minerals. But there’s more!
Nutrient called choline, found in eggs, can help boost the memory center in the brain. Researchers have found choline to increase the size of neurons, which helps them fire electrical signals more strongly and rebound faster between firings.
Two antioxidants found in egg yolk called lutein and zeaxanthin help prevent the risk of age-related cataracts and macular degeneration, two of the most prevalent age-related eye conditions.
Remember this the next time you open the fridge door. The amazing egg: naturally good.
13. Avocados

For brain health, avocados are nearly as good as blueberries. Avocados contain mono-unsaturated fats, which contribute to healthy blood flow, the main requirement for a healthy brain.
To include avocados to your diet, add 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado to one meal daily as a side dish.
14. Tomatoes
Lycopene, an amazing antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against free-radical damage to cells, which is believed to be a primary factor in cases of Dementia, and particularly, Alzheimer’s disease.
15. Broccoli
Broccoli is labeled as superfood due to its high overall nutrient content. It is a great source of vitamin K, which enhances cognitive function and improves brainpower.
16. Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is full of an antioxidant called polyphenol. Polyphenols reduce brain cell damage and is especially helpful in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimers’ disease.
17. Eggplant
Eggplant skin contains a nutrient called nasunin which keeps our brain sharp by enhancing communication between our brain cells and messenger molecules. Remembering to use the skin pays tremendous benefits in vastly improved focus.
18. Spinach
Spinach slows down the effects of age-related declines in brain function and helps protect the brain from oxidative stress. Researchers suggest that a diet rich in spinach can significantly improve learning capacity and motor skills.
19. Yogurt

Calcium rich foods such as yogurt, milk and cheese improve nerve function. Yogurt contains an amino acid called tyrosine which is responsible for producing the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenalin. In short, yogurt helps improve alertness and memory.
20. Chocolate!!!

What better to end with? It’s hard to believe that anything as incredibly delicious as chocolate can actually be incredibly good for you as well. Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties and contains several natural stimulants which increase the production of endorphins while enhancing focus and concentration. The stimulants found in dark chocolate also improve mood. It has high content of flavanols that facilitate blood supply to the brain and enhance cognitive skills.
Milk chocolate jump starts impulse control and reaction time. It has also been known to improve visual and verbal memory.
More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to chocolate. This is, unfortunately, one superfood that you have to indulge in in moderation.
Conclusion
Our brain is the greediest organ in the body, but its proper nourishment is vital to creative thought, positive mood, memory, and good overall health. It’s no surprise that what you eat affects how you think, feel, remember, and potentially even increase intelligence.
If it’s possible to eat your way to genius, who wouldn’t want to?

Source: http://leftofzen.com/brain-food/2008/01/04/