Many parents notice when their kids are what I like to call “brain tired.” There comes a time when the brain could use a boost of energy. This is not actually correct medical terminology, but everyone seems to know what it means. The brain is not physically tired, but since it is dealing with the head, who better to explain it than a doctor that specializes in brain health; the renown Daniel Amen, MD, who some of you may remember I profiled earlier in February.
Daniel Amen is a brain expert, clinical neuroscientist, and psychiatrist. He has written several books including, Making a Good Brain Great., Preventing Alzheimer’s, Healing Anxiety and Depression, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.
Daniel Amen and collaborators Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, formulated the “Daniel Plan” to promote healthier choices in what we eat, while using biblical strategies to help. The foundation for this plan comes from the Bible’s Old Testament referring to the Israelite Daniel requesting to eat healthier food while training under the captivity of King Nebuchadnezzar. The plan includes these five good- mood foods that could do wonders for an over stressed brain:
Sugar Free Dark Chocolate:
Supports a positive mood, the ability to focus, and a healthy cardiovascular system.
Dark leafy vegetables:
Full of magnesium that encourages mind and body relaxation and better sleep.
Has a chemical that may prevent disease.
Lean Proteins including skinless chicken, turkey, fish and beans:
Provides building blocks for brain health.
Produces dopamine which gives the brain the feeling of pleasure, and helps increase focus and motivation.
Great source for omega-3 fatty acids necessary to support healthy brain cell membranes, a positive mood, and a healthy memory.
Cashews are also good for memory.
Ancient cultures believe it aids in digestion and is a mood-boosting aphrodisiac.
May also support healthy levels of serotonin that will bring out feelings of happiness.
“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food,” (Daniel 1:15-16).
“The Daniel Plan” is what Daniel Amen and his co-creators call “The Essentials:” Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. These essentials are the keys needed to achieve success for a healthier life, and to cure a case of the tired brains.
Learn more from Daniel Amen by checking out his columns for The Huffington Post.