9 Best Brain Foods for Digital Nomads — Andy Sto

1. Eggs

2. Leafy Greens

3. Dark Chocolate

4. Nuts

5. Fish & Seafood

6. Avocados

7. Coconut (Fresh or Coconut oil)

8. Water!

9. Caffeine (with a Cup of Tea)

What Not To Eat

  • Sugary Drinks — If you prefer a sugary soft drink to a coffee for a caffeine pick me up, you could be putting yourself at risk. All that sugar won’t only build up on your waistline, it can also build up in your brain. The result can be inflammation that impairs memory and learning, and a higher risk of dementia.
  • Refined Carbohydrates — Eating too many refined carbs increases your risk of diabetes significantly, and can also impair memory and intelligence. It also puts you at greater risk of dementia, which is sometimes called Type 3 Diabetes. This means that you should avoid white bread, breakfast cereals, white rice, and regular pasta.
  • Trans Fats — While meat and dairy contain trans fats, it is artificial trans fats, found in many snack foods and ready-made products, which are particularly dangerous. They impair your memory and increase your risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • Highly Processed Foods — Trans fats are not the only risk when it comes to highly processed foods. They also tend to be high in refined sugar, added fats, and salt, all of which can cause serious brain tissue damage when eaten in excess. This can impair memory, learning, brain plasticity, and weaken the blood-brain barrier. The worst culprits tend to be chips, sweets, instant noodles, store-bought sauces, and read-made meals.
  • Aspartame — This is an artificial sweetener used in many foods that are “no fat” or “no added sugar”, not to mention sugar-free drinks. But this and other artificial sweeteners can disrupt the production of neurotransmitters and increase the brain’s vulnerability to oxidative stress. The result can be both learning problems and difficulty controlling emotions.
  • Alcohol — You already know that too much alcohol can lead to memory loss, behavioural changes, and sleep disruption, and can have a permanent effect on the brain. Moderate amounts of alcohol can actually have positive effects on the brain, so drink in moderation.
  • Fish High in Mercury — Mercury is a heavy metal that can disrupt the central nervous system and stimulate the generation of neurotoxins, resulting in damage to the brain. There can be a lot of mercury in water, and this infects the fish that live there. This is especially true for long-lived predatory fish, which can accumulate over one million times the concentration of mercury in the surrounding water. Research mercury levels where you are travelling and the associated risks.

The Verdict

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