If you want to get a step on the competition, the most important thing to take care of is your brain. Whether you want to sound smoother when you talk, flow faster when you rhyme, or keep your mind focused on the game, a clear head is the surest way to get a leg up on your opponent. Who reads a defense better than Kobe? Who’s going to outwit Eminem on a verse? Feeding your brain right can help you talk slicker, rhyme sharper, and out think everyone on the court. It’s true what they say, you are what you eat – so here’s how to start eating smarter.
Dropping Science – Before we get into what you should eat, let’s start with why you should eat it. In the following list you’re going to notice a lot of flattering, almost sexual talk about Omega-3. That’s because Omega-3 is the sexiest Omega out there. The fatty acids in Omega-3 make up most of the tissue in your brain, but your body doesn’t produce it on its own. So if you want to stay alert and focused, you’re going to have to indulge in some of the following to get your fix.
Fish — Fish are like Viagra for your brain. They’re practically oozing with Omegas, so a plate or two a week can help you think faster and keep your head clear. Not only are they one of the best sources of Omega-3, but they also improve blood flow, enhance mood, and help prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s. They’ll even take your test, clean your room, and go to work for you, too, if you’re cool about it. It’s like if the pills Bradley Cooper took in “Limitless” came fried with rice and lemon. The point is, they’re great for your brain, and you should love them.
Eggs – Eggs consistently step up as one of the healthiest things you can put in your stomach. Their yolk provides a substantial shot of choline, a nutrient that has recently been shown to speed up the rate at which your brain cells work. A few of these with breakfast and you can go from Stefan back to Urkel by lunchtime.
Water – Your brain is 70% water. This is probably easier to believe about some people you know than others. Keep it running at top speed with at least eight cups every day.
Fruit – High levels of sugar in fruit will you give you a quick shot of energy, while carbohydrates will keep your brain running in top gear all day. Blueberries and blackberries have even been shown to contain salmon-like levels of Omega-3, and you love Omega-3, right? Right.
Booze – How do you think Snoop Dogg has kept his game fresh and his verses tight for over twenty year? Easy: one cup of gin and juice at a time. Moderate alcohol consumption (emphasis on moderate) has been proven to enhance blood and oxygen flow to the brain. So next time your mom’s getting groceries, tell her to bring pick up another six-pack, you need to study. You’re welcome.