- Exercise! We have all heard about the health benefits of exercising on a regular basis. However did you know that it is the single best thing you can do for your brain? In recent years it has become clear that exercise helps us manage stress. Exercising also helps us to focus and concentrate. As we age exercise can help us to maintain healthy brains and may even help prevent dementia. Find something fun you can look forward to, perhaps with a friend or family member.
- Healthy eating. I know, we all have heard about the importance of healthy eating for managing weight and cholesterol. However what we eat feeds our brains as well. Protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and lots of water are really good for our brains. We all benefit from eating something within two hours of waking in the morning and every two-three hours after that to keep our brains going strong all day long. Also some pesticides and food additives have been linked to causing symptoms of hyperactivity in children. Parents ask me, “Does this mean we have to go organic?” My answer is, it certainly won’t hurt and it might help.
- Essential Fatty Acids. When I was growing up, my mother used to say that fish is “brain food.” It turns out she was right! Certain fish like salmon are high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which promotes healthy brain function. These essential fatty acids have been found to reduce symptoms of ADHD as well as depression.
- Sleep. There have been many reports that we Americans do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is reportedly a big problem in reducing efficiency and mental functioning. Here are some guidelines to help you get a good night’s sleep:
You may have to push yourself at the beginning to try these new behaviors, but once you get started hopefully you will find that you feel great. After a few months of pushing yourself, these will become new healthy habits. Good luck!
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