Did You Know: Your Brain Needs Exercise Too!

September 30, 2015 by Kathleen Wolfe

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As we get older, we sometimes feel we are becoming more forgetful. Columnist Patricia Marx had her brain electrically zapped, learned how to speak Cherokee, and practiced piano scales for hours. Her hilarious take on it here:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/lets-be-less-stupid-and-old

But there are less-extreme tricks to keep your mind active. Some include:

  • Exercise! More than 20 percent of your body’s blood and oxygen go directly to your brain.
  • Hydrate: Drink water, not coffee! The caffeine in coffee may temporarily make you feel more alert, but in the long run will make you even more tired by dehydrating your muscles and constricting your blood vessels.
  • Find stimulation: Even changing your font color can help brighten things up. Since smell is the strongest of the senses, aromatherapy can help: Try stimulating lemon and peppermint.
  • Think happy thoughts: Your brain, particularly your memory, doesn’t respond well to stress.
  • Protein: Make sure you get enough protein in your diet: Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 10% to 35% of their day’s calories from protein foods. That’s about 46 grams of protein for women, and 56 grams of protein for men.
  • Load up on Fish Oil: The omega -3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) in fish oil keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of the brain, and increase cerebral circulation. Ever try delicious Barleans Fish Oil in several flavors?  Add to shakes, cereals, even ice cream. Available at Millers!
  • And Rest: Almost nothing is as crucial to proper and efficient brain functioning as sleep.

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Information here courtesy of http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/29/15-ways-to-hack-your-brain.aspx and http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/how-much-protein

 

 

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