One of the keys to living a long and healthy life is keeping your brain in good shape. There are many different ways to do that from getting enough sleep and exercise to doing activities that keep your mind stimulated. But most importantly, choosing the right foods to eat makes a big difference. If you want to improve your brain health, experts say there are certain foods that you should be eating right now.
"You are what you eat is not just a saying, it’s a fact," Dr. Catherine Jackson, licensed clinical psychologist and board certified neurotherapist, tells Bustle. "If you put too much [non-nourishing foods] in, you feel sluggish, your mood is thrown off, and your brain does not function at its best."
Numerous studies have found that lower levels of nutrients are linked to depression. People who suffer from depression tend to lack the right amount of essential vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.
A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health also found that people who went from eating zero portions of fruit and vegetables each day to eating up to eight portions saw an increase in levels of happiness and life satisfaction.
"Our brain health is clearly impacted by our diet," William W. Li, M.D., author of Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself, tells Bustle. "Eating diets full of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil, seafood, legumes, and limited meat are optimal for brain health." So here are some foods that are guaranteed to boost your brain health, according to experts.