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Food for Thought: Eating to Increase Creativity

 

Overcoming a creative block has always been hard, but now you maybe able to eat your way to a solution. Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, PhD, a professor at UCLA, published a study that analyzed the relationship between food and the brain in the journal Nature. He said food is like a pharmaceutical drug that affects the brain. The food that you eat may affect your creativity!

Here are some foods that may help you get painting again:

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

A study of 400 young adults found fruits and vegetables increased sense of well being and bolstered curiosity and creativity. Natural foods contain flavonoids, which seems to help the parts of your brain related to memory and sharp thinking. If you consume more fruits and vegetables, you are also likely eat less sugar which studies have tied to mental decline.

Coffee and Green Tea

Caffeine is a stimulant and can prompt a sluggish brain. It is found in both green tea and coffee. Don't drink too much, you may just end up with shaky hands and a blank canvas. If you don't like the taste of coffee, green tea is a good alternative and has other health benefits as well.

Salmon and Nuts

Salmon is full of Omega-3, a fatty acid known to be highly beneficial to the brain. Omega-3 also provides more oxygen to the brain and allows us to retain new information while still remembering old information. Nuts also contain a large amount of Omega-3 so it is a good option if you are a vegetarian.

Red Wine

Ernest Hemingway once famously said, ‘Write drunk, edit sober’. We’re not promoting raiding the liquor store but a glass of red wine may relax the mind before writing and remove that creative block. Red wine also contains resveratrol, an organic compound which helps limit stress and damage to brain cells, which would otherwise result in aging and disease.

Many creative types often forget to eat while working or they have poor eating habits. It’s important to staying healthy and eating well, hopefully your creative block will disappear.

Further Reading:

7 Foods That Will Supercharge Your Creativity

https://justcreative.com/2017/06/12/7-foods-that-will-supercharge-your-creativity/

Your diet might bolster (or diminish) your sense of creativity, according to studies *and* artists

https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/gut-health-diet-increases-creativity/

Brain Matters – 10 Foods that Support Brain Health

https://www.salmonhealth.com/blog/brain-matters-10-foods-that-support-brain-health/


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