Support your Beautiful Brain
Your brain is an important part of your body that you want to make sure you take care of – especially as you age. There are multiple ways to help support your brain’s health, including nutrition and activity.
Nutrition and Exercise
Eating right affects so much of how our body functions. And brain health definitely is affected by what we eat. The Alzheimer’s Organization and Mayo Clinic both recommend a Mediterranean diet. The emphasis on plant-based foods, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats provide the nutrients your body, and your brain, need for optimal health. Also, make sure you’re taking your 90 For Life products to fill in any missing nutrients.
In addition, staying active with regular exercise provides increased blood flow to body and brain, which can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. If you need encouragement, consider joining the Better Health Challenge or at least follow the Facebook group where ideas for getting moving are shared on Workout Wednesday. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be complicated. Grab a pair of comfortable shoes and head outside for a walk.
What we do each and every day can have a big affect on our brain. Think about how much sleep you are getting. If you are sleep deprived, your memory and brain health is likely suffering. Issues like sleep apnea can also affect your brain’s health, so if you have concerns, get tested.
Stress, hard to avoid, but there are ways to minimize it or help with how it affects your body. If you’re feeling extreme stress, try breathing exercises, or step outside and walk through the grass. For severe stress, think about working with a counselor to help you develop strategies that can help relieve your stress and anxiety.
So far we’ve talked about things not to do, so how about a few things that are fun to do. First, stay socially engaged. Find things you can do with others that you enjoy and that help you stay involved. Solitary confinement research shows that your brain can atrophy, so make sure you’re hanging out with friends and family.
Stretch your brain through games, books, and learning. Find a game that you enjoy doing like puzzles, strategy games, or cards. Reading books gets your mind working by imagining what you are reading about. And learning, whether in a formal school environment or from the internet, stretches your brain muscles to adapt to new information.
No matter what you decide to do, make sure that you are including nutrient-rich foods, getting enough sleep, exercising/moving regularly, and staying active mentally. You only get one brain so make the most of it!