Fit Foods for Strong Startups
Starving artist? At The Cannon, we know more starving CEOs. Today, entrepreneurs are glamorized as young, hip, and successful people, taking on the world with a smartphone and an idea. Why then, does Elon Musk call starting a company, “Chewing glass while staring into the abyss.”? In reality, starting and running your own company involves grueling hours and constant self-sacrifice, and frequently those sacrifices start with diet. It’s easy to run on coffee and ambition between irregular meal times and fast-food choices. It’s important to remember, however, that your business relies on keeping a clear and functioning mind, which needs proper fuel to churn out the game changing ideas you’re developing. Here are some foods that will help fuel your fight to start the next best thing.
Blueberries work wonders for your brain and body without blowing up your waistband. One serving of blueberries checks a number of nutritional boxes. With only 84 calories, a serving of blueberries provides significant portions of your daily dose of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Manganese. They also pack a powerful punch of brain food. Oxidative stress, an imbalance that occurs when free radicals outweigh antioxidants, accelerates the brain’s aging process, causing impaired memory and cognitive function. The antioxidants found in blueberries gather in those areas of your brain most affected and work with the damaged neurons to improve cognition and fight memory loss.
Most nuts provide health benefits, but walnuts pack the most punch. All nuts contain Vitamin E, a Vitamin directly correlated with cessation or slowing in cognitive decline, as well as B12 and B6, which are crucial to B12 and B6, which are crucial to a number of areas of healthy living. Nuts also contain Vitamins B12 and B6, crucial to eradicating buildups of homocysteine, an amino acid which increases chances of high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, behavioral issues, migraines, and mental disorders.
Walnuts also contain DHA, which is an Omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3s are well known for their health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and supporting heart health. DHA works particularly well because your body already makes it; DHA is the primary building block for your brain, cortex, skin, and retinas and has been found to increase health across the board, reducing depression symptoms and improving cognitive ability. One quarter cup of walnuts provides your daily dose of DHA, so if you want to be happier and smarter, eat more walnuts. (Simple enough, right?)
Avocados have enjoyed a recent explosion in popularity. Avocados contain a number of health-friendly nutrients including monounsaturated fat, potassium, Vitamin K, and the B Vitamin, Folate. Monounsaturated fat fights bad cholesterol and keeps your blood flowing smoothly. Potassium lowers blood pressure, promoting brain health and cognitive function. Vitamin K prevents blood vessels from hardening. Folate, like other B Vitamins, fights homocysteine buildup and promotes mental and vascular health. The combined health benefits from fat and vitamins make avocados an essential brain food to boost your head health.
It’s easy to let the long hours you spend running your business affect the amount of time you spend keeping yourself healthy. But your business won’t run without you, so make sure to prioritize what’s needed to keep you (and your company) running smoothly.