The secret to a healthy brain and relief from cognitive issues is hiding on your dinner plate. While there isn’t a single supplement or super food that ensures a razor-sharp brain, a balanced diet is key to boosted brain function and whole-body health.
If you’ve ever experienced frustrating bouts of brain fog or low concentration, there may be other issues at play besides brain function. Let’s explore which issues feed into brain cognition symptoms and how we use the Infinity Way and proper nutrition to provide relief.
Identify the root of the issue
There are many conditions that can impact cognitive performance and cause brain fog or low concentration. Some of the most common are:
- Chronic Fatigues Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
- Autoimmunity Hormonal Imbalances (sex hormones, adrenal fatigue and thyroid disorders, as well as those due to perimenopause and menopause)
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Mood Disorders
Once we identify the root cause of cognitive issues, we apply personalized nutrition counseling to support your wellness journey. Read on to uncover our favorite brain-boosting foods and supplements we incorporate into our patients’ nutrition programs.
Eat your way to boosted brain function
It’s important to eat a variety of whole foods, but there are several in particular that your brain loves. Research suggests that the best foods for your brain also support your heart and blood vessels.
Incorporate more of these foods into your daily diet:
- Green, leafy vegetables: Greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli are rich in brain-friendly nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene.
- Fatty fish: Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats have been linked to lower blood levels of a protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Try to eat salmon, cod, canned light tuna, or pollack twice a week.
- Other good fats: If you don’t like fish, consider an omega-3 supplement or eat more omega-3 sources like flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts.
- Berries: Delay memory decline with healthy, flavorful berries. Flavonoids, natural plant pigments that give berries their distinct colors, help improve memory.
- Tea & coffee: Moderate amounts of caffeine have been linked to stronger memory retention.
- Walnuts: Again, with the omega-3 fatty acids! Walnuts are high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which helps lower blood pressure and protect your arteries.
- Complex carbohydrates: Cracked wheat, chickpeas, whole-grain couscous, and lentils are high in memory-boosting vitamin B and are good complex carbohydrates to incorporate into your diet. Since your brain cells run on glucose, which is derived from carbohydrates and not stored in the brain, it needs a steady supply of glucose.
We also recommend supplements to boost levels of vital minerals and nutrients in your body, including:
- NT Balance D: Low mood and low focus symptoms from low dopamine
- NT Balance – GS: Anxiety, poor sleep, low mood, and sadness from low GABA or serotonin
- Gabatone: Panic attacks, insomnia, and anxiety from heightened fight or flight sensations
- Nevaton® Forte: Anxiety, mood swings, low mood from imbalanced nervous system
If you experience cognitive issues like brain fog or low concentration, let’s get to the root of the problems together.
Our brain health package is a great place to start in understanding your unique brain makeup. We perform a neurotransmitter test with results & insights and include an appointment with our trained functional medicine practitioners. Start by scheduling your first appointment today to get back to balanced.