Did you take your vitamin this morning? Did you feed the dog and lock the door behind you? Can’t remember? You’re not alone. Keeping your brain healthy and improving your memory can be simple. Remember your brain is an organ. What you put into your body, exercise and stress can all affect how it performs.
Eat smart. Eating for your brain is the same as eating for your body. Foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3, vitamin E, and whole grains promote healthy blood flow and protect brain cells from damage. So give greens a go by adding spinach and broccoli to your diet and incorporate fruits like bananas and blueberries. Walnuts and salmon are high in omega-3 which have been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Sipping at least one glass of green tea per day can increase your mental alertness.
Exercise right. You’ve heard it all before: go to the gym, start running, find a workout partner. Those are all great ways to get your exercise but how do you get started from ground zero? Get up and get moving! Move more today than you did yesterday and then keep adding to your time. Exercise isn’t just about the physical but also mental. Exercise your brain with daily activities and learning. Try a crossword puzzle, suduko, reading, playing an instrument or anything that takes some mental effort and expands your knowledge will work.
Tame stress. Everyone has stress but how you handle stress is what’s important. Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems. Start by identifying your limits (learn to say no), avoiding procrastination, shortening your to-do list and planning ahead. Practicing these techniques is not a quick fix but over time will help you manage your stress level.
Learn more about other healthy habits that can impact your mind and body.