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Everyone is aware of the fact that food is needed to fuel the body, but some are not aware that the mind needs food as well.

In order to stay focused and sharp the brain must receive the benefits of food as well.

The best fuel for the brain is found in fatty acids. However, these are not the fatty acids that are found in greasy cheeseburgers and fries, but the omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish such as salmon and tuna.

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintain the outer layer of brain cells and forming connections between nerve cells when trying to memorize things.

It is an essential component for a brain that works well.

Choline, which is a fatty in vitamin B that is found in eggs, is especially important for memory functions.

It also helps with reaction time and increases endurance.

Eating sugar in small doses will help as well, along with carbohydrates, but without fat or protein.

Chocolate is good for the brain it helps a person to mellow out in times of stress.

Coffee is another great mental stimulant.

There are a lot of reasons people lose their ability to remember things, some of them includes drinking, smoking, aging, illness, a poor diet, toxic build up, and a lack of use of the brain.

Drinking needs to be avoided because it is a proven fact that alcohol will kill brain cells. It also damages the nervous system. Smoking will decrease the blood flow to the brain; however, scientists have proven that a little bit of nicotine can stimulate the brain. But smoking in excess will only have negative effects on the brain and its ability to retain memories.

Snacks that are high in fat, sugar and calories but low in nutritional value will also be toxic for the brain.

Cleansing the body in something that can be very helpful for the brain. Fasting or even a colon cleansing can get unwanted toxins out of the body. Eating a healthier diet will also improve mental capacities. Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for a healthy brain.

Getting a good amount of sleep is also vital. It has been shown that sleep deprivation decreases mental efficiency.

Exercise of both the mind and body is essential as well. The more a person sweats, the more he or she removes toxins from the body. Good ways to exercise the mind include doing puzzles, learning a new language or even reading.

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