Are You a Brainiac?

I am no brainiac.  

But I admit I am paying more attention to my brain these days. 

 It’s About Time. It’s Your Brain. 

Have you thought about how you could improve your brain health? 

Brain health is how you:

  • think, learn & remember
  • move, reach &  balance
  • communicate & express yourself
  • feel sensations of touch, pain & temperature

It’s directly affected by your everyday experiences!  Your health, diet, exercise, blood pressure, social life, stress levels, lifestyle choices, sleep & hearing all play a role. 

Read on to learn some fun, interesting and helpful ideas you can incorporate right away into your daily routine.  

Come on…we are talking about your brain. 

Continuing to learn and take on new mental challenges actually trains your brain to work at its optimal capacity. When you learn, your brain creates new connections between brain cells. 

Create new learning experiences

  • LEARN a language
  • play an instrument
  • sew/ quilt/knit
  • play a game like chess or mahjong
  • volunteer

Exercise is great for keeping our brains sharp. It directly supports brain regions that make new memories. Some things to try:

1.  Aerobic Exercise: 

Try a Jump Rope  

I LOVE my  jumpsport rebounder 

2.  Strength Training: 

Got Weights? 

Using Resistance Bands have been shown to help 

 

3. Flexibility: 

Cushy and versatile  Yoga Mat 

Stretching is key Stretch Strap 

Booty Kicker This!

4.  Balance:

Balance Board is challenging and fun   

You need a Bosu Balance Ball  

Meditate 

Meditation may help to minimize brain age and protect against age-related decline. It has been shown to thicken the prefrontal cortex where  the brain manages higher order brain function, like increased awareness, concentration, and decision making. Experienced meditators have been shown to have higher concentrations of tissue in brain regions that are most often depleted by aging.

This book Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being is AWESOME 

Sleep 

Quality sleep is crucial to a sharp and productive mind. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Sleep in a room that’s cool. Try progressive muscle relaxation, based on the idea that if you calm the body you will calm the mind . Start by tensing then relaxing various body parts, starting at your toes and working your way up to your head. Try a white noise machine with 56k 4.75 stars ,  sleep mask 79k 4.5 stars  and silk pillowcases 266k 4.5 stars

Hear  

One in three people between ages 65 and 74 have hearing loss and  almost  half of people 75 yrs and older do. Hearing loss can have a negative impact on your brain. Studies suggest a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline because hearing loss overloads the circuitry of the brain so the brain is constantly having to work harder to process the compromised sounds coming from the ear. When this happens, the brain is working so hard that it may not be able to preserve thinking and memory abilities.

THE GOOD NEWS  is that hearing aids may improve cognitive abilities. Address your hearing loss. Protect your hearing when around loud noises and machines with this.    

Take care of your teeth                                                                                                                          

Poor dental health and tooth loss appear to increase the risk of both cognitive decline and dementia. Bacteria can travel from the mouth into the bloodstream and then into the brain. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly. This should help.

A book  to “check out” The End of Alzheimer’s Program: The First Protocol to Enhance Cognition and Reverse Decline at Any Age by Dale Bredesen. It’s an interesting  diet and lifestyle program to improve and maintain brain health. 

There is so much more to learn about brain health! Stay tuned every Tuesday when I post a fascinating and entertaining take on brain, physical, spiritual or emotional health.  Listen for my podcast on Wednesday and on Saturday I will share with you my favorite finds of the week. 

Thanks for being here! 

xx

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