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BRAIN BOOSTERS



"The mind is a terrible thing to waste", and we can't let ours waste away over time. All of the stress of life, as well as the toxins we are constantly surrounded by, weaving their way into and out of our bodies, can often cause our mental health to fall to the bottom of our long list of priorities. However, there are small steps that can be taken one at a time to repair, regain or preserve optimal brain and mental function.


Research shows that the best brain foods are the same ones that protect your heart and blood vessels, including the following:


  • Green, leafy vegetables

  • Fatty fish

  • Berries

  • Tea and coffee

  • Walnuts

When it comes to brain health, focus on the three B's : vitamins B6, B12, and B9 (folate). “These three types of B vitamins are necessary for the brain's normal functioning,” says Dr. Agarwal, “and any deficiency in them may increase the risk of memory loss and other forms of cognitive decline.”




WAYS TO SHARPEN YOUR MEMORY:

  1. Be physically active every day. Physical activity raises blood flow to the whole body

  2. Stay mentally active

  3. Spend time with others

  4. Stay organized

  5. Sleep well

  6. Eat a healthy diet

  7. Manage chronic health problems



Certain fruits such as oranges, bell peppers, guava, kiwi, tomatoes, and strawberries, contain high amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps prevent brain cells from becoming damaged and supports overall brain health. In fact, a study found that vitamin C can potentially prevent Alzheimer's.



An acquired taste for some, Pumpkin seeds are rich in many micronutrients that are important for brain function, including copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Instead of taking a tablet for each of these, a handful of pumpkin seeds scattered over a meal (try salads) and as a snack allows you to consume all these micronutrients in one go. Like with fatty fish oils and Omega 3 and 6, pumpkin seeds are known for their role in improving mental health, aiding memory and supporting healthy brain development. The benefits of pumpkin seeds go well beyond just Omegas. They contain a high amount of magnesium, which has a calming effect on the brain. A good stress relief option.


In conclusion, try not to overwhelm yourself. The key is to focus on one area at a time to make maximum, long-lasting impact. Be kind and gentle with yourself, because life is stressful enough. We have to be good to our mind, body and spirit, so that we can continue to live an Inspired Life!





 



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