Nutrition: Brain and Body Boosts

Get your body back on track!

By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Getting back into the groove after a long weekend can be difficult. Instead of reaching for an extra cup of coffee or a five-hour energy shot, here’s a few healthy recommendations to revitalize your body and restore your focus.

  1. Matcha green tea: Matcha is a particular kind of green tea that has been shaded before harvesting. This process results in increased chlorophyll levels, amino acids, and antioxidants. Matcha contains three times more antioxidants than other high-quality teas—matcha’s l-theanine content is particularly notable for improving mood, memory, and concentration.
  2. Coconut oil: A unique type of fat, coconut oil has been shown to promote brain function. Coconut oil is classified as a medium chain triglyceride, which means it is metabolized extremely quickly from the blood to the liver and turned into ketone bodies. These ketone bodies provide alternative energy—especially for your brain, which is 70 percent cholesterol. Just make sure you are using an organic virgin coconut oil instead of a refined version.
  3. Beet Juice: Beets are a great natural source of nitric oxide and other inorganic nitrates. These nitrates (found in the root) have many beneficial properties, such as lowering blood pressure. The nitric oxide in beets is particularly useful as a pre-workout supplement, or when you need an energy kick—the chemical allows for vasodilation, resulting in increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to your major muscle groups.

Use these three super foods to get your week going!

 

 

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