Four Foods to Keep a Healthy Headspace

By: Isabella Sorresso

It seems that every day there is a new medication or quick-fix to solve problems that don’t require it. Take these supplements. Add a scoop of protein powder to this. Use an expensive face mask for that.

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However, what many people don’t think about is that we have our own quick fixes hidden in our diets. By being mindful of what we’re eating each day and knowing how different foods can benefit our bodies, we can treat some of these things ourselves and save a few bucks while we’re at it. So, here are four foods that will help you keep a healthy headspace, both inside and out.

Peppermint: While we may not always have fresh mint in our kitchen cabinets, it might be something to pick up before a big day at school or work. Mint is both refreshing and beneficial for focus. According to an article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, even just the scent of peppermint in the form of essential oils can help keep you more alert.

Carrots: We’ve all heard that carrots help your eyes, but it’s time we finally take it seriously. Carrots contain high levels of Vitamin A, which helps with the functioning of the retina and seeing clearly at night. According to a medical article from the University of Arkansas, “If you do not get enough vitamin A, it can actually lead to night blindness.”

Tomatoes: Not just any kind of tomatoes, cooked tomatoes or tomato paste. Cooked tomatoes have an increased amount of the chemical Lycopene, which causes the vegetable to appear red. This chemical boosts collagen and can help fight off sunburn and wrinkles, making it an amazing way to get beautiful glowing skin, according to studies done by researchers at Manchester and Newcastle Universities in England.

Potatoes: These starchy veggies are not only delicious and versatile, they’re also high in potassium, which according to the National Campaign for Better Hearing, is important in maintaining our hearing health. The NCBH also states that potassium regulates the fluid in your inner ear. This is important because “as we age these levels tend to drop which can contribute to hearing loss or presbycusis.”