6 Brain Healthy Beverages You Should Have For Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — your opportunity to start off with an energy boost through consumption of healthy, yet delicious foods. What you drink is as important as what you eat.  Healthier beverages can help fend off various diseases and ailments, including migraine pain.

Here are 6 tasty beverages that are important for brain health.

1 – Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie

Besides many other health benefits, watermelon can also reduce brain fog thus improving your concentration and focus. Watermelon is rich in potassium and deficiency of this mineral is associated with mental fogginess, confusion and inability to concentrate. Along with benefits for your cognitive functions, watermelon and cucumber are excellent for hydrating your body, adding to your migraine defense.  Honey offers anti-inflammatory benefits.

To make this healthy and delicious smoothie you need:

  • Watermelon, seeded – 2 lbs
  • Cucumber – ½
  • Ice – 1 cup
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Mint leaves – 2

Blend and enjoy!  Also refreshing on a warm afternoon.

2 – Green Juice

Green juices are extremely beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing, as well as for your brain. They are excellent for detoxification which is the highly important aspect of protecting your health. Furthermore, green juices are abundant in vitamins and minerals from calcium, Vitamin B to magnesium, all of which are known to protect brain health and relieve pain associated with a migraine. Mercola.com reported findings of the study which showed that even smell of some foods, like green apples, has the potential to relieve migraine pain for those who found it pleasing.

You can make green juice in many different ways using different ingredients. Here is one example:

  • Green apples – 2
  • Celery – 6 stalks
  • Kale – 8-10 leaves
  • Lemon – ¼
  • Ginger root – thumb-sized

Blend and enjoy.  Kale is a magnesium-packed migraine superfood, while ginger root is proven to ease nausea and migraine pain.

3 – Water

Creating a list of the healthiest beverages would be impossible without mentioning the water. It is necessary for keeping you strong and healthy, and it also has a major impact on your brain. A significant migraine trigger is dehydration. Also, a study conducted by Blau JN of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from London discovered that drinking water can also relieve pain. Results of the study, which are published in the journal Headache, showed that participants who drank between 200ml and 1500ml water reported pain relief in just 30 minutes.

Start your morning with a glass of water and stay hydrated throughout the day.  If plain water bores you, check out our recipe for Sassy Water — which also helps support weight loss.

4 – Cayenne pepper in warm water

Capsaicin found in cayenne peppers works to desensitize nerve endings by releasing the pain-inducing chemical that is known as substance P, which is, in fact, a neurotransmitter that sends pain messages to your brain.

When you take cayenne pepper, capsaicin overwhelms nerves and inhibits substance P thus stopping pain transmission. Another benefit of capsaicin is its ability to reduce the platelet aggregation factor (PAF) which contributes to the onset of a migraine. PAF causes migraine pain because it constricts blood circulation in your head.

Start your morning with warm water sprinkled with cayenne pepper, particularly if you wake up with a huge headache or morning migraine.

peppermint tea

5 – Peppermint Tea

Tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink, as long as you don’t get too much caffeine.  And mint is especially potent for migraine patients.  International Journal of Neuroscience published results of the study conducted by Moss M of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, Division of Psychology at the University of Northumbria which revealed that participants exposed to peppermint oil experienced improved memory and processing speeds. Peppermint also proved to increase alertness while retaining a sense of calm.

Besides improving brain health and protecting cognitive abilities, peppermint tea relaxes nerves and muscle spasms in the gut that transmit headache-causing signals to the brain.

Start your day with an energy boost and sense of calm that will also fend off a headache by making a cup of nice, refreshing peppermint tea in the morning.

6 – Warm Ginger Carob Beverage

Ginger has been used for its medical benefits for hundreds of years. Besides improving overall health, it can improve brain activity and protect your brain from age-related damage. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which are important for fending off a wide array of neurodegenerative disorders as well as migraine pain. Along with relieving migraine pain, ginger is also good in tackling nausea that is associated with a migraine.

To make this beverage you need:

  • Ginger (peeled, halved) – 1 piece
  • Carob powder – 3 tbsp
  • Milk (dairy or non-dairy) – 2 cups
  • Honey – 4 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1 pinch
  • Nutmeg – ½ pinch

Bring water in a saucepan to a boil, add ginger and simmer for 5 minutes and then add other ingredients.  Recipe originally published by About.com.

Drinking brain-healthy beverages is as equally important as eating brain-healthy foods.

Comments?  Which brain-healthy beverages sound the most appealing to you?

 

About Sophie Addison

Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. Her passion is writing about beauty, weight loss, health and fitness. Apart from work, she likes gardening and listening music. You can connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

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