It’s time to kick off the brand new decade in 2020 with a brain boost. And what’s handy about these tips, is they’re valuable all-rounders for our general health too.
We covered several key pointers during our most recent Brain Health webinar, where one of our participants, my delightful friend Monique, had this experience –
“Your brain health webinar was wonderful! You make challenging [nutritional] science accessible to many.
I love brain talks, and I agree: sleep is so important, especially with its relationship to our hormonal balance. I’m following lots of good routines already yet want to keep refining my approach, so thank you so much for sharing!”
If you’re keen to benefit from our range of webinars on subjects ranging from Boosting our Immunity, to Reaching our Ideal shape…naturally, just message me, and we’ll keep you in the loop for upcoming ones.
In the meantime, check out The Brain Boosting Smoothie recipe below. It provides important macro nutrition: blueberries for neurological health and functioning; raw, dark cocoa and green tea (with flavanols) for reducing age-related cognitive decline; walnuts for increasing cognitive flexibility, along with decreasing processing time; and avocados, full of antioxidants and good fats.
Other powerhouses for brain health include nootropics, which support cognitive function in such areas as memory, creativity, and motivation. Plus, it’s a good move to support our gut microbiome, with goodies including seaweed and fermented products – which supply us with important prebiotics and probiotics. Live foods like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut and some yogurts have those live cultures of good bacteria that can be so good for our gut and also our brains. ¹
Brain Boosting Smoothie:
¼ cup organic blueberries (frozen also works well)
⅛ cup dark cacao powder or few chunks of organic dark chocolate (at least 75% cacao)
1-2 cups green tea
Handful of presoaked (overnight) and drained walnuts
1-2 tbsp coconut yogurt
Pinch of sea salt
Blend well and gradually add up to 400 ml water, based on your personal, ideal consistency. If you prefer to sweeten yours, toss in a couple of medjool dates (also soaked overnight and drained).
I’d love to hear how you go with making your Brain Smoothie, and please do share if you like yours/find this blog useful. Someone you know might also want to benefit too, and springboard their way to a healthy 2020
Oh! And if you’d like to be in the draw to win a FREE copy of my e-book ‘5 ways to be healthy in the holidays’ valued at $20usd, just reply to any of this week’s posts on either of the FB pages Fi Jamieson-Folland or Fi Jamieson Folland with a “yes, please!” and I’ll make sure you’re in the draw.
Keep sharing your sunshine and I’ll see you on this week’s #AliveWithFi
¹Brain-friendly foods are ones that contain nutrients that support “protecting and utilizing the brain’s already immense power.”
“What ‘Brain Food’ Actually Does for Your Brain”
T. Klosowski (2012)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador.