Boosting your brain is easier than you think.
As we age, many of us start to become more forgetful, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The brain, like every other organ, benefits from a workout, proper nutrition and plenty of rest and recovery time.
Here are 7 easy ways to boost your brain every single day.
POWER NAP LIKE A PRO
An afternoon nap is good for more than just sleeping off a large lunch. It can also help improve your memory. Your mind is a powerful machine and needs time to sort through all the new info that you throw at it during the course of your day, and sleep is a great way to help speed up this process. Keep in mind the ideal nap time is between 20 and 45 minutes. Any less and you might just feel groggy, any longer and you might find it more difficult to wake up.
If you have trouble unwinding, try sipping a cup of SLEEP WELLECalming Tea one hour before. The combination of Valerian, Hops and Skullcap help ease anxiety and stress whilst relaxing body and mind.
PUMP UP THE JAM
Studies show that listening to music can help boost our creativity and mental focus. Research has specifically shown that playing classical music can help with study by connecting the two hemispheres of the brain, but more and more emerging research also tells us that anymusic can help – so whether you go searching for a concentration playlist at work or crank your favourite tunes in the car on the way to work, you’re doing your brain good! And if you play an instrument, even better, as studies have also shown that learning and playing an instrument improves the function and connectivity of the brain, strengthening the connection between brain areas.
SHAKE IT OFF
Learning to let go of our stresses is one of the most powerful steps that any of us can take. Stress is known as ‘the silent killer’ for its negative impacts on our overall health, so learning to smile, relax and not sweat the small stuff can be of great benefit. And what better way to reduce your stress than exercise – the perfect combination of a cardiovascular workout and natural endorphin boost! Find a type of movement that you love and stick to a routine of at least a few times a week. You’ll come to look forward to it, you’ll help yourself feel less stressed, and you’ll be happier and healthier as a result. What’s not to love?
P.S. Don’t forget your NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN – not only will it aid your fitness efforts by helping keep you full, satisfied and nourished, but the Acai within it is also shown to benefit brain health by reducing inflammation and damaging free radicals that can contribute to a decline in cognitive function.
WORK IT OUT
Brain training is a great way to keep your memory laser sharp. From brain training apps and games on your phone to listening to a podcast about a subject matter that you’re not familiar with is ideal. Anything that teaches your brain something new and keeps it alert and focused can help you ward off degenerative brain diseases and keep your memory strong, well into your old age.
POUND THE PAVEMENT
Walking is fantastic for your physical and mental health. Studies have found that around 60% of people will perform better in creative tasks and problem solving whilst walking versus sitting down. When you walk, your heart beats faster and pumps more blood and oxygen throughout your body and brain, which helps create new connections and increases the region of your brain used for memory.
DON’T FEAR THE FAT
Fatty acids, specifically omega-3s, that are found in fish, avocado and some nuts, are excellent for boosting your brain’s health. Several studies link higher omega-3 intake with reducing the risk of age-related mental decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Make sure you’re getting a nutrient-rich diet with a variety of delicious whole fruits, vegetables, grains and lean proteins. And for an added boost, you can also find plenty of omega-3you’re your morning dose of SUPER ELIXIR Greens.
Recent studies have found that people who identify as lonely can experience decreased brain function, amongst other things (like higher blood pressure, stress, depression and lower overall wellbeing), and maintaining your social connections is one easy and fun way that you can keep your brain healthy and active. So grab a couple of friends, grab a coffee, get chatting and watch your brain regenerate and renew itself!