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Diet and Your Brain

Teenagers eating a healthy breakfast together, with tea, cheese, fruit and vegetables.

Center for BrainHealth

How can diet strengthen your brain health?

A well-rounded, brain-healthy diet improves your cognitive, physical and mental health.


Eating foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids (leafy greens, berries, nuts, fatty fish, etc.) support the brain’s ability to think and problem solve.


  • Drink lots of water and pay attention to your sugar intake (especially in coffee and energy drinks).
  • Eat healthy snacks like fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds and limit processed foods. Vending machines are not usually a reliable source for healthy snacks.
  • Track what you are eating with a user-friendly app like My Fitness Pal or Bitesnap.
  • Visit your student wellness center to consult a registered nutritionist.

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