Brain health is very important as a safeguard against dementia and Alzheimer’s; as protection against memory loss and, to slow down the aging of the brain. There are many things we can do to help ourselves. The following are some of them.
Eating the colours of the rainbow gives our diets a boost, i.e.: choosing colourful fruits and vegetables such as carrots, yams, beets, tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries, mangos, papaya, purple grapes, corn, dried cranberries, oranges, melon, peaches, black beans, red onions and the red, orange and yellow peppers and, green vegetables such as broccoli, peas, spinach, kale, green peppers and lettuce. It is thought by some that having sufficient of the B vitamins in our system can also help ward off Parkinson’s disease. These are all good for the brain.
Avoiding excessive use of alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine and refined white sugar is even better when added with eating colourful fruits and vegetables. Add to that by cutting down on meat consumption and eating more wild fish. It is also important to ensure that there is sufficient fiber in your diet and enough protein. Also avoid processed foods and increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids in your diet by including olive oil, nuts, flax and other seeds. It is also important to drink a lot of water. And when adding these things to the rainbow of fruits and vegetables, your brain will be even better.
And best of all, besides doing the above, is to reduce stress and sleep between seven and eight hours each night. It is also important to get a lot of exercise which will also help to rid your body of toxins. Engage also in intellectual pursuits by doing daily brain games to keep your brain active.
Doing brain games will help with your memory, mind flexibility, problem solving, speed of thinking, visual recall (faces and names), spatial reasoning, problem solving, information processing, verbal fluency, concentration and being able to stay focused. To do this, there are math games, puzzle games and word and memory games. Besides doing them, it is important to increase the speed at which you do them.
Because physical exercise is a crucial factor in the magic mushrooms
good, better and best of brain health, it is important to remember that it is not for losing weight or to compete as an athlete does but to maintain a healthy brain. It is thought that even one half hour a day will help not only your brain but also with detoxification, skeletal mobility and muscle tone. The purpose of exercise is to encourage brain health and to feel revitalized and energized by doing it.
Excessive stress has been discovered to cause shrinkage to some areas of the brain which could have an affect on specific areas of our lives. One of these is our ability to cope over time. Stress can, however be relieved through exercise and meditation.
Sleep deprivation can cause some parts of the brain to slow or shut down completely. And in some cases, the person may even appear to be drunk. Often those lacking sleep will have more difficulty with their memory as well.
There is not one thing that is more important than the other, but in combination it will help your brain to be the best it can be.
Sylvia Behnish has published ‘Rollercoaster Ride With Brain Injury (For Loved Ones)’, a non-fiction book detailing the difficult year following a brain injury; ‘His Sins’, a three generation family saga about how the actions of one person can affect future generations, and ‘Life’s Challenges, A Short Story Collection’.