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Friday, January 27, 2017

Foods for Your Brain

Got a big test or job interview coming up? What you eat can play a big role in helping you tame stress, boost brainpower and stay focused. 

While no single food is a magic nutritional bullet, incorporating a few brain-boosting foods into your diet can help you stay sharp and fuel your body and mind to do your very best. 

Start with these healthy tips.

Drink plenty of water: Proper hydration is essential for brain function, so make sure to drink H2O in the morning before your exam or interview. You may also want to bring a water bottle with you. Sipping water during the test, for example, can help you feel more alert and calm your nerves. 

Focus on breakfast: Starting your day with a protein-filled breakfast is a smart way to stay energized and sharp come test time or interview day. Some healthy and low-fat options to include in your morning meal: 
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Lean meats (Canadian bacon or turkey bacon)
  • Tofu
Load up on berries. They may be small but they pack a big punch when it comes to brainpower. This is because they are filled with antioxidants and flavonoids, which help reduce stress and inflammation that contribute to brain impairment. Add them to smoothies or oatmeal or toss them in a salad.

Go nuts. Raw almonds, pecans and walnuts make a perfect on-the-go brain-boosting snack. These superfoods are good sources of vitamin E, which quenches free radicals that can damage brain cells, and magnesium, which is known to improve memory. They’re also high in fat and calories, however, so watch your portions. 

Say yes to fish. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish (salmon, trout, halibut, mackerel, sardines) have been linked to better memory and general brain health. Aim for 16 ounces (four servings) of fish per week. Not a fan of seafood? Hemp protein and flaxseeds are great sources, too, or talk to your healthcare professional about whether a supplement might be right for you.

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