I was talking with a business on the phone the other day and they asked me for information I don't use often. At first, I hesitated, then I started to give them old information that was no longer valid. Then a sudden light bulb moment came with the info I needed. We all have moments like that.More people are having memory issues at younger ages. It's not just an "old age" thing. There is simply so much for us to remember. However, if we struggle to remember simple common things, brain exercises might be a great idea. You can improve your memory through exercise and diet. A few little helps will jog yours.
Feed those brain cells! What you eat makes a difference in your brain processing. Here are some tips:
- Eating healthy, minimally processed foods will improve your memory. Any food that causes bloating and inflammation will cause brain fog.
- Foods rich in antioxidants, like berries, especially blueberries reduce the number
- Cold water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. By reducing the
amount of saturated fats( artery cloggers) and adding more omega-3's
blood flow in the brain increases.of free radicals and the oxidation process associated with aging.
- Nuts, seeds, and avocados are rich in vitamin E. These increase blood flow. Getting enough healthy fats in your diet aids in neurological function. Sometimes those who restrict their diets in fats don't get enough.
- Eliminate sugary foods and drinks, but increase eating beans, and whole grain foods. It's important to balance blood sugar levels since the brain depends on steady streams of blood sugar to function well.
Exercise is not just good for the heart and muscles, it is also good for the brain. People who are sedentary tend to be more sluggish in responses to questions and less capable of productive work than their physically active colleagues. Slushy brain? Get moving!
- Cardiovascular exercise brings oxygen rich blood to brain cells. It also gets nutrients through the system more smoothly, feeding your brain.
- Exercise reduces inflammation of brain tissue. Inflammation is a contributor to cancer and stroke.
- Functional training exercises that challenge coordination increase brain activity and communication across both hemispheres of the brain. People who are right-brained right-handers or left-brained left-handers have more trouble with coordination, direction and problem-solving because they depend on one hemisphere instead of both. Break the exercise down to basic components then gradually increase difficulty.
Other Good Brain Practices
- I can't say this enough: SLEEP! Get a good night's rest, usually 6-8 hours for most people.
- Reduce the amount of time you spend watching t.v. or on the internet. Detoxing from a long work day would be better spent outside in the sunshine, playing with your kids, or spending quality time with your spouse. These activities release endorphins increasing blood flow to the brain.
- Reduce stress. Constantly mulling over something that stresses you out increases toxins from the fight-or-flight responses. By taking control of what you can change and turning over to God what you can't, you are better able to let go of what's eating at you.
- Pray and read your Bible. Spending time with God, the Creator of your brain, increases brain activity. Living with a God-focus, you will be at greater peace in your life.
Take care of your brain.There is so much more to our memory and brain function than what we realize. It's your command center for all parts of you!
May God bless you!
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