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One of the fundamental pillars of marketing is ideas.

Lots of ideas.

They’re the basis for conveying the qualities of our goods and services and how they can add value to our customers and associates.

A neurologist can probably tells us how they physically function, but that’s for another time. Right now, we’re all just glad those ideas materialize from somewhere.

Each one of us has a different way for those light bulbs to illuminate. Somehow, though, for many of us, that process will involve a trip to the refrigerator.

Believe it or not, if that describes you, it may be a relief to know you could be helping your synapses become more efficient.

Studies have shown there are plenty of healthy, whole foods to boost your brain power.

Here are seven brain foods that will do their part to keep you sharp.

Be sure to include a few of them the next time you make a grocery run.

1. Beans

Forget the kids’ rhyme. Besides, they’re not a fruit. The more you eat, the healthier your brain.

Let’s consider garbanzo beans as an example of the health benefits.

They’re also called chickpeas, and they’re high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin content. They contribute to low cholesterol, improving blood flow to the brain and decrease your chance of heart disease.

You can snack on a can of these legumes raw, or season and bake them for a flavorful treat.

2. Blueberries

Loaded with antioxidants, these berries keep popping up on healthy food lists.

Perhaps Mother Nature’s dropping a helpful hint. After all, how often is it that something so good for us actually tastes good to most of us?

Blueberries improve the communication of brain cells, so keep them ready to eat as they are, add them to smoothies, or sprinkle a serving on top of yogurt for breakfast.

You’ll be jumpstarting your brain.

3. Sunflower Seeds

Once baseball players wised up to the perils of chewing tobacco — and once sky-high salaries made staying in peak condition a priority to extend careers — the health benefits, taste, and convenience of these seeds went viral in a sporting kinda way.

Don’t think for a moment that athletes ignore brain health. In baseball, for example, batters have less than a second to identify a pitch, decide whether to swing, and then do it if action is taken.

Having an idea about how a pitcher’s going to approach him takes analytical creativity, too.

One serving of seeds contains an impressive 30% of the FDA’s suggested daily intake of vitamin E, so adding a handful to your favorite trail mix, snacking on them solo, or throwing them in a salad could do wonders for your brain health.

4. Walnuts

According to Stephanie Perruzza MS, RD, a Health & Wellness Specialist at KIND Healthy Snacks, walnuts contain an abundance of vitamin E and healthy fats.

Our forebears actually stumbled into the health benefits of walnuts,

They considered them brain food, perhaps because their surface structure has a crinkly appearance like the brain. For this reason, they’ve been considered a symbol of intelligence.

While this isn’t exactly true, recent studies have proven that the consumption of walnuts does help in promoting brain function. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, which increase brain activity.

Omega-3 fatty acids coupled with iodine and selenium add to ensuring optimum mental functioning.

5. Eggs

OK, forget that part.

You might also want to forget that the idea for how Paul Simon’s song Mother and Child Reunion came to him when he was at a roadside diner in the South and saw a chicken-&-eggs breakfast on the menu.

Well? Ideas are where you find them, and maybe eggs had something to do with it.

Incidentally, make sure you’re not separating the yolks. They’re high in choline, which has been linked to memory and communication among brain cells.

6. Bone Broth

This soup has been making its way across Instagram feeds for some time now, and for good reason.

Dr Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC — best-selling author, founder of DrAxe.com, and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition — says that, among other things, the glycine in bone broth can detoxify your cells from chemicals and improve brain function.

7. Fish

Your brain is fat. Really fat.

60% of it is composed of fatty acids, the long snake-like building blocks of fat molecules required for proper brain structure and function.

Fatty acids come in many varieties, yet the brain has a clear favorite, and salmon is packed with it.

Yes, bears get their salmon before you do, and they serve to remind us there’s nothing wrong with salmon sushi.

They’ll leave it to us humans to know that more than two-thirds of the brain’s fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found primarily in oily fish, although some vegetarian sources exist as well.

Metabolically incapable of making DHA on our own, we must obtain it from our diet.

And there you go. Some or all of these brain foods should sound appealing to you, which goes to show it can be enjoyable while you’re doing something good for your body and your business.

You can never run out of good ideas!

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