Meet the Motivation Molecule: BDNF
BDNF is the other “feel good” brain chemical. The cousin of dopamine, if you will. This molecule is at the forefront of brain health today, and for good reason. It stands for “brain-derived neutrophic factor” and helps the brain cells grow, survive, and even be birthed. It actively works to fight inflammation in the brain and promotes synaptic connections between neurons. Basically, it makes your brain cells more resilient in the face of stress, which aids your ability to think clearly, focus longer, have your greatest ideas, and be in a fantastic mood while doing it. Here are my favorite foods that are proven to boost your brain’s BDNF levels:
Rich in Omega 3’s, walnuts are proven to support thought processing and neurotransmitter function.
It’s proven to be one of the best foods on the planet for fighting inflammation, thanks to its antioxidant-rich and Omega 3 properties.
Now we know why guac costs extra. Avocados are rich in fatty acids that are proven to facilitate the brain’s thought processing and stress reduction.
Research shows eating salmon increases brain function, relieves inflammation, and even acts as an anti-depressant.
This flavorful, golden spice is proven to have a powerful, positive impact on neurotransmitter function.
Small but mighty, blueberries have been thoroughly studied for their brain health-enhancing benefits, like memory, cognition, and focus.
This healthy fat pantry staple is a total brain food. It’s proven to improve focus and memory, plus regulate mood and ability to think clearly.
This bubbly, fermented beverage is loaded with B vitamins and probiotics which are proven to play a vital role in mental function and mental health.