• Carrie Klaege

Boost Your Brain and Memory!

Here are a few tips to boost your brainy bits!

1. Get a Move On! Regular physical activity can prevent or delay signs of dementia. People who have a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's Disease may be helped the most my physical activity. An 80/20 split between moderate aerobic exercise and light resistance training can help reduce your risk for falls and increased oxygen levels are crucial to good brain function!

2. Oooooohhmmmmm...! Meditation increases gray matter in areas of the brain associated with short-and long-term memory and complex cognitive processes.

3. Choose "Good" Fats. Mono- and Poly-unsaturated fats are good for your brain, because of their essential nutrients - and they won't clog your arteries!! Sources of monounsaturated fat include: avocados, almonds, cashews and peanuts, cooking oils made from plants or seeds like canola, olive, peanut, soybean, rice bran, sesame and sunflower oils. Sources of polyunsaturated fat (both omega-3 and omega-6) include: fish, tahini (sesame seed spread) linseed (flaxseed) and chia seeds, soybean, sunflower, safflower, and canola oil, and margarine spreads made from these oils, pine nuts, walnuts and Brazil nuts.

4. Seek the Spiritual. In people with Alzheimer's Disease, those who practised religion or spirituality are associate with slower rates of cognitive decline. Can't get out or don't belong to a local spiritual community? No problem, there are lots of online resources and many churches broadcast their sermons on TV. Check your local listings!

5. Walking the Walk. Cardio exercise such as brisk walking has been linked with growth in the area of the brain associated with creating new memories! Walking Releases Endorphins

Like all forms of exercise, walking encourages your brain to release endorphins — a neurochemical that boosts your mental health, decreases your sensitivity to stress and pain, and can even make you feel euphoric!

Come back tomorrow for 5 more brain boosters!

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