We need books to sharpen our minds and help us write better. Humans as we are though, we writers also need food to nourish our bodies—especially our brains. Our parents used to tell us to eat a specific type of food to help us focus on our school works. So what are these foods that can give us the nutrition we need to keep on writing and write better? What is the ideal food for writers?
Food for Writers
Vitamin B9 or Folate plays a major role in our brains. Even for pregnant women, folate is an important nutrient for the brain development of babies. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to serious neurodegeneration and brain dysfunction including depression and dementia. It has been found that folate helps avoid blood clots in the brain improving memory and concentration.
You need folate-rich foods in order to have sharper memory and better concentration when you write. So gobble up on your green vegetables, avocados, citrus fruits, liver, lentils, beets, and black eyes peas.
You may not know it, but if you love blueberries, walnuts, and apples, you are getting your dose of gallic acid. They are powerful antioxidants and have been found to inhibit neuronal death and protect the brains from degeneration and stress.
Writers encounter different kinds of stress every day. If not properly nourished and sharpened, our brains will degenerate in time. Gallic acid can help us avoid these problems.
A fat soluble vitamin that is often underappreciated, Vitamin K is a powerful brain food. It helps the brains’ cognitive function and sharpens memory preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Like Vitamin B9 or folate, it helps prevent blood clots in the brains.
Spinach, kale, broccoli, avocados, spring onions, cabbage, prunes, and dairy are some foods that contain a rich amount of Vitamin K.
An essential nutrient for proper mental function, choline is found in eggs, liver, peanuts, meat, pasta, rice, and shellfish.
It stimulates the neurotransmitter in the nervous system that is responsible for memory and mental clarity. Choline promotes brain focus. It may not be getting the attention it deserves but it is vital for the brain to function. A deficiency in choline results memory loss, learning disability, nerve damage, mood changes or disorders and cognitive decline.
Dark chocolate, a healthier though more bitter variety of the beloved comfort food can make you happy because of the happy chemical endorphins that it contains. More than just elevating your mood though, chocolates improve blood flow to the brain. This is due to the flavonoids present.
Flavonoids are antioxidants, protecting the cells from degeneration.
Red bell peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits, garlic, mangoes, spinach, and green tea are some foods that are rich in flavonoids. Don’t you love roasted garlic especially in peanuts? And baked red bell peppers especially on top of your pizza? I do! As these are delicious food sources, it is no doubt that writing will be more fun while having these on your side.
We need food to survive. More than just surviving though, we need food to nourish our bodies and help us function normally and be at our best all the time.
As writers, we need to nourish ourselves with food that will not only help us enjoy our work more, but will also sharpen and strengthen our most used and essential tool—our brains. If we were soldiers going to a battle, our brains are our most important and powerful weapon. What better way to prepare for battle but to practice our moves and sharpen our weapons?
What food do you usually munch on when you’re writing? I hope you include these in your list.
Source: Dr. Axe
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