We all know that our bodies run on the food we eat, but sometimes we forget that that includes the brain! Here are some foods that will keep your brain running at peak performance, as well as a few tips on how to ensure you’re getting the most from your food.

Brain boosters:
  • Whole grains
  • Dark chocolate
  • Blueberries
  • Oily fish
  • Avocados
  • Beetroot
  • Bananas
  • Spinach and other dark leafy greens
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Green tea
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Plain yoghurt
  • Coconut
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Coffee (in moderate amounts)
1. Never skip breakfast

Your brain needs energy for it to function, and breakfast provides the crucial first boost of energy — after all, you wouldn’t expect your car to run without petrol. Kick-start your day with a balanced breakfast, which should include slow-release carbs, protein and healthy fats.

2. Drink enough water

Sometimes all you need is a glass of water to rehydrate, energise and increase concentration. When you feel like reaching for that cup of coffee or energy drink, remember that it will actually dehydrate you further, causing you to feel worse later. Knock back a tall glass of water and remember to keep doing so on a regular basis.

3. Make small changes

It’s actually much easier than you think to add brain foods to your diet. Some handy ways to do this include throwing a couple of handfuls of spinach into every soup, stew, casserole or bake; sprinkling your salads with seeds; snacking on nuts or bananas; switching refined carbohydrates for whole grain versions; or cooking with olive oil instead of vegetable oil.