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Natural Brain Power uses just 8 habits to help protect brain and memory against decline due to aging. Natural Brain Power is neither hard nor expensive! And secondly, most of the principles work towards improving your whole health and well being as well.
To start with you may be interested in only one or two aspects of improving your brain health and fitness, but I highly recommend you check out all 8 Habits to see how easily you can fit them into your lifestyle.
And if you can only do one thing in each area, try these:
#1. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day
Hydration, or rather lack of it, plays a big part in age related memory loss. Water can be found in drinks and foods too, but beware of the type of drinks. Water Your Brain Regularly! You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that water is important for the human body to function! It’s right up there behind oxygen! Our brains are about 77 – 78% water1 (by comparison our muscles are about 75% water). Any changes in the amount of water in our body will soon affect the brain.
#2. Sleep 7 hours a night
Ah a good night’s sleep, there is nothing better. Lack of quality sleep plays a large part in memory loss and poor brain function. If you get a bad night’s sleep you may feel foggy in the brain the next day. A bit sluggish and slow. One bad night’s sleep is not what we are talking about. If you do not get good sleep every night, it can build up and there is evidence that you cannot catch it back up.
#3. Eat more vegetables especially leafy green ones
Eating brain foods sounds a bit boring but it really doesn’t have to be. Some foods are just perfect for the brain! Whilst others clog or fog the thinking and should be avoided. These types of foods are often the ones that are bad for our hearts and bodies. Bad foods include processed foods which contain refined sugar, white flour, trans fats, polyunsaturated fat and/or salt. Other culprits include alcohol and illicit drugs.
Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids such as nuts are great for your brain. Walnuts, which coincidentally are shaped like the brain, are said to be one of the best. Other sources include flax seeds; grass fed beef and lamb; cold water fish such as salmon, herring, anchovies, mackerel and tuna; and eggs.
Foods high in anti-oxidants are generally fantastic for the brain. Examples of foods high in anti-oxidants are blueberries, strawberries, broccoli or some exotic fruits such as dragon fruit. Foods high in folate and vitamin B12 have been shown to help maintain cognitive function as we age. Good sources are leafy green vegetables such as spinach and citrus fruits.
Co-incidentally, foods that are good for the brain are generally the same ones you see on the list for heart health. Eating this way keeps both heart and brain healthy! There are lots of fantastic foods that are brilliant for the brain. The main thing is to avoid or reduce the things that are bad for the brain and make sure you are getting a good selection of good brain foods.
#4. Get your heart beating faster by doing something like walking, playing frisbee, tennis, swimming, running, cycling etc.
#5. Learn something new every day
#6. Have a conversation with one of your friends or family
#7. Deep breathe for 5 to 10 minutes to help recharge and relax you
#8. Set out to make these activities a habit. When you do each of these above and you will have achieved a goal!
Explore the habits and it will help you to Boost Your Brainpower