Mindful Brain leads to Healthy Brain
As you enter your 40’s, 50's, 60's and beyond, you may be finding that your focus isn’t what it used to be. I know as I’m entering my 60th year on this earth, I’m looking at ways to keep my brain sharp and my mind focused. You may find, like I do, that there are so many distractions- from the pings and text messages on your phone, to the blaring news updates to the endless emails piling up in your inbox. So how can you stay sharp and balanced amidst all of this chaos?
One way is to stay mindful - Mindful of what you let into your brain and your body! Just as you need to feed your bodies with nutritious foods and avoid toxins - your brain needs to be enriched with nutrients to release harmful toxins as well.
Does your brain really need nutrients? Absolutely YES! According to neuroscientist, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, author of The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. and Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power, there are definite ways toprotect your brain and decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Follow these important tips and your brain will thank you!!
Get adequate sleep - Our brains need time to replenish and restore normal function. Sleep is key for this to happen. During sleep, our brains clear toxins just like our lymphatic system drains toxins from our blood and tissues. Per Dr. Mosconi, “Sleep essentially power-washes the brain—removing all waste products, impurities, and toxins, including Alzheimer’s plaques.”
Stay hydrated- Our brains are 80% water - dehydration can impair brain function leading to brain fog, headaches and much more. Be sure to drink at least ½ of your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 140 lbs., drink at least 70 ounces/water per day, and more if you’re exercising.
Consume “Brain Food” - What is brain food? Nutrient dense foods that impact brain function including: omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, caviar, flaxseed oil, red wine - high in phytonutrients, and blueberries, high in antioxidants.
Who knew that by being mindful of what you are feeding your brain, would enable you to focus better, stay sharp and lessen your risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?
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Very helpful. I will be sure to follow these tips. The upside is that I really like all of the foods, and beverages mentioned above.