Water is your body’s preferred hydration but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. While most beverages have sugar and other additives, there are some drinks that are very helpful to your brain.
Here are my three favorites:
1 — Coconut water
Coconut water is like nature’s sports drink. It contains electrolytes without synthetic sugar or artificial additives found in commercial drinks.
It also has antioxidants such as vitamin C which can fight oxidative stress in your body. Including in your brain. Coconut water can also lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and bad cholesterol, according to studies. I think it tastes very refreshing, giving you a boost of flavor without any of the bad stuff.
2 — Tea
Tea has incredible benefits for your brain. With green, oolong and black tea being proven to reduce cognitive decline by up to 50%. Other studies have discovered that green tea can lower anxiety levels, boost memory, aid attention, and improve brain functioning.
Drinking only a half cup of green tea every day might lower your risk of depression and slash your body’s production of the stress hormone known as cortisol.
People who drink green tea can reduce their depression levels by as much as 21%, according to recent studies—researchers say that’s the equivalent of 2.5 hours of exercise each week.
Herbal teas have also been found to play a role in protecting the brain. They are capable of defending from neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, according to studies.
3 — Green Juice
Green juice is filled with chlorophyll, which helps detoxify your blood and lowers your inflammation. All very powerful weapons in your fight for brain health.
Your body will also better absorb the micronutrients in green juice versus normal green vegetables. That’s because a juicer will break down the cell walls, allowing the nutrients to be easily absorbed.
Also, green juice does not contain fiber, which can latch onto micronutrients and cause them to pass through your body without absorption.