When you hear the word ‘creative,’ you might automatically think of artists and writers, but in reality, we all could benefit from being a bit more creative on a day-to-day basis. Creativity, or the process of conceptualizing or creating something new, not only benefits your emotional health—it also tends to make life a little more interesting!
Although creativity is often thought of an inherent talent, there are
actually ways we can develop and nurture this skill. One of these ways
is through our food choices. Here are 5 foods that will boost your
in case you needed another excuse to eat chocolate: A 2007 study found
that eating chocolate could provide a boost to short-term cognitive
skills, thanks its high flavanol content. Flavanols, which are a type of
flavonoids, are thought to be useful in improving brain function by
increasing the amount of oxygen that the brain receives.
After consuming a chocolate beverage, the researchers observed that
the subjects had “increased grey matter flow for two to three hours.” As
the cocoa is the key flavonol filled-ingredient, chocolate with higher
amounts of cocoa, like dark chocolate, might be the most beneficial.
Note: For maximum health benefits, always choose organic, raw, dark
chocolate – without sugar added. You can melt it down and sweeten it
yourself with coconut crystals, raw honey, or raw stevia.
Apple founder Steve Jobs believed that eating a high-fruit diet
helped stimulate his exceptional creative juices, and he could have been
on to something. Research has shown that most fruits are rich in the
amino acid tyrosine. A recent study showed that participants’ ability to
problem solve in the form of figuring out a puzzle improved when they
consumed a beverage with added tyrosine.
You can get tyrosine in its natural form by eating more fruit!
The myth of the alcoholic artist may not be purely myth, according to
a 2012 study from the University of Illinois. The study examined the
problem solving abilities of men when their blood alcohol content was
just below the legal limit, versus men who were sober. The researchers
found that the intoxicated men to be both more creative, and more
‘insightful,’ than the sober men.
In practical terms, however, it’s probably best to enjoy your red
wine when you’re at home writing poetry, and not brainstorming at the
office. Also, make sure to keep it to one or two drinks per day – to
avoid the dangers that come with too much alcohol.
over almonds, there’s a new super-nut in town! Consuming walnuts
regularly was recently shown to improve cognitive functioning in humans.
The UCLA study showed that eating a handful of walnuts every day could
help improve memory, concentration and how quickly the brain processes
All of these are important when you’re brainstorming, problem solving, or pursuing something creative.
Although carbohydrates have been getting a bad rap recently, research
shows that our brains need them – the healthy ones that is! A study
from the University of Toronto found that carbohydrate-rich foods
benefited brain function in the short term by quickly delivering glucose
to the brain. The subjects who consumed carbohydrates like potatoes and
oatmeal showed increased concentration and memory, both of which are
important for creative endeavors.
Note: When it comes to oatmeal, choose gluten-free steel-cut oats.
On top of the researched ways they benefit our brains and creative
powers, all of the foods on this list have been shown to be healthy in
moderation. So, if you’re looking for a boost so you can start a new
creative project, be a more effective problem-solver, or if you’re just
looking to add some flare and variety into your day-to-day life, try
consuming these foods regularly!
-The Alternative Daily