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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Smart Foods

Pernah tak rasa susah nak concentrate atau fokus? mmm saya selalu jugak...
Baca2 kat SINI, terjumpa pasal 'smart foods' yg boleh membantu mengaktifkan sel2 otak dan membantu kita fokus. Jomm baca info...

Caffeine Can Make You More Alert

There's no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter -- but certain substances, like caffeine, can energize and help you focus and concentrate. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz -- though the effects are short term (emm kan, nescafee mmg best, esp petang2 gini)
And more is often less: Overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable (tapi ni yg jadik, i'm addicted to it, which is not good anymore huh)

Sugar Can Enhance Alertness

Sugar is your brain's preferred fuel source -- not table sugar, but glucose, which your body metabolizes from the sugars and carbohydrates you eat. That's why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and mental ability.
Consume too much, however, and memory can be impaired -- along with the rest of you. Go easy on the sugar so it can enhance memory, without packing on the pounds (make sure jgn bagi kanak2 makan too many sweets, nanti jadi hyperactive pulak).

Eat Breakfast to Fuel Your Brain

Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat breakfast tend to perform significantly better than those who don’t. Foods at the top of researchers' brain fuel list include high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Just don't overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration (mmm..tapi nasi lemak @ roti canai sgtlah sedapnya....masalahnya saya mmg tak reti makan breakfast yg plain/manis, mesti nak yg pedas, so yg pedas2 ni selalunya kan heavy breakfast kan.....Saya pernah terbaca yg kanak2 melayu antara yg paling jarang mengambil sarapan yang berkhasiat....so mothers, please take note)

 

Fish Really is Brain Food

A protein source associated with a great brain boost is fish -- rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential for brain function and development. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: higher dietary omega 3 fatty acids are linked to lower dementia and stroke risks; slower mental decline; and may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older.
For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly (no doubt dah yg ni, selalu baca, esp salmon, mmg bagus tapi quite pricey)

Add Avocados and Whole Grains

Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. Eating a diet high in whole grains and fruits like avocados can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells.
Whole grains, like popcorn and whole wheat, also contribute dietary fiber and vitamin E. Though avocados have fat, it's the good-for-you, monounsaturated fat that contributes to healthy blood flow.


  Org kata makan buah avocado dgn susu pekat sedap...mmmm tapi tak pernah cuba. Tapi susu pekat? byk kalori dah tu....

Blueberries Are Super Nutritious

Research in animals shows that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Studies also show that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats (yes, yg ni pun selalu terbaca...cuma masalahnya, group2 berries dan anggur ni tak boleh makan banyak sebab nanti boleh menyebabkan batuk dan berkahak pada kanak2. Anak saya pernah warded disebabkan bronchitis, dan doktor pakar beritahu salah satu minuman yg menyebabkan byk kahak ialah Ribena....big NO NO, since that saya tak bagi dah dia minum Ribena or blaccurrant)


Add a Daily Dose of Nuts and Chocolate

Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less cognitive decline as you age. Dark chocolate also has other powerful antioxidant properties. And it contains natural stimulants like caffeine, which can enhance focus and concentration.
Enjoy up to an ounce a day of nuts and dark chocolate to provide all the benefits you need without excess calories, fat, or sugar (emmm....that's why ada kajian menunjukkan koko byk antioksidant. Pernah baca kan pasal org2 yahudi, yg bila pregnant je, mereka akan amalkan kekacang esp badam, gajus, pistachio, sgt bagus untuk pembentukan otak bayi dalam kandungan).

Benefits of a Healthy Diet

It may sound trite but it's true: If your diet lacks essential nutrients, it can decrease your ability to concentrate. Eating too much or too little can also interfere with your ability to focus. A heavy meal may make you feel lethargic, while too few calories can result in distracting hunger pangs.
Benefit your brain: Strive for a well-balanced diet full of a wide variety of healthy, wholesome foods (yes, semua org tahu facts yg you are what you eat, tapiiii...terlalu byk temptations, yg tak bagus tu lah yg sedapnya....mmmmm)

Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements?

Store shelves groan with supplements claiming to boost health. Although many of the reports on the brain-boosting power of supplements like vitamins B, C, E, beta-carotene, and magnesium are promising, a supplement is only useful to people whose diets are lacking in that specific nutrient.
Researchers are cautiously optimistic about ginseng, ginkgo, and vitamin, mineral, and herb combinations and their impact on the brain.
(baca label betul2 sebelum nak beli apa2 health supplements. Ginseng and ginkgo tak digalakkan ambil for long-term if i'm not mistaken dan ada vitamins/ health supplements yg ada interaction dengan ubat2 yg kita ambil, so consult your doctor or pharmacist yek...


Get Ready for a Big Day

Want to power up your ability to concentrate? Start with a meal of 100% fruit juice, a whole grain bagel with salmon, and a cup of coffee. In addition to eating a well-balanced meal, experts also advise:
  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Exercise to help sharpen thinking.
  • Meditate to clear thinking and relax.

p/s ingat sorang cikgu aku masa kat matrikulasi dulu, cikgu perempuan yg comel, dia sgt terer matematik. Bila aku tanya macam mana nak berfikir secara kritikal, fokus dan tak cuai masa buat matematik, dia kata masa solat kena betul2 menyerah diri dan khusyuk.....macamana kita solat, macam tu lah kita akan selesaikan masalah matematik tu dan of course lah masalah2 lain dalam hidup seharian kan....terima kasih cikgu di atas nasihat cikgu!

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