Dark Chocolate & Your Brain
Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or just plain forgetfulness is stressful. If you could do something to avoid this stress, would you do it? We need to be proactive so that we can prevent brain disease. Here are five tips to take better care of your brain:
1. Drink lots of water to keep your brain hydrated.
2. Exercise, which increases blood flow to the brain and releases endorphins.
3. Stay mentally active to exercise your brain.
4. Get plenty of sleep to remove toxins from your brain.
5. Eat plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids which lubricate your brain.
Did I forget to mention chocolate? Dr. Daniel Amen is an award-winning psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert, and New York Times bestselling author. His wife Tana Amen is also a New York Times bestselling author and nurse. In a recent video where they were making recipes with sugar-free dark chocolate, they talked about how dark chocolate can boost blood flow to your brain, help improve your mood, and decrease anxiety. Today I’m featuring their brand of chocolate, which is sugar free, decadent, and amazing! It’s called “Brain in Love.” I highly recommend ordering some from brainmd.com
Dark chocolate contains the neurotransmitter phenylethylamine, which is involved in regulating moods and releases feel-good endorphins in the brain. A 2017 study in Frontiers in Nutrition suggests that consuming cocoa leads to short-term and long-term improvements in general cognition, attention, processing speed, and working memory.
Dark chocolate contains serotonin, the “don’t worry, be happy” neurotransmitter that is known for boosting moods. Low serotonin activity increases the risk of depression and may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly, according to research in Neuropsychopharmacology.
Let’s protect our brains and eat more dark chocolate! To get a copy of my new book, Give Me Some Chocolate…I’m Stressed! go to www.DesiPayne.com/shop