How to Boost Your Brain’s Health with 7 Simple Steps
Brain health is basically how well you’re able to function mentally on a day-to-day basis. It’s how well you focus, your ability to make decisions, how you communicate with others and how well you learn and retain knowledge.
Brain health impacts how we process emotions and bounce back from setbacks and losses. It also affects several important areas of physical health, including our sleep cycles and eating patterns.
Clearly, enjoying optimal brain health should be a priority for everybody. Start boosting your brainpower today with these 7 steps.
1. Eat Natural Healthy Food More Often
By now it’s no secret that the healthier you eat, the better your body will be equipped to function at 100%. Specifically though, the Mediterranean diet is possibly the best in the world for brain health. It revolves around fish, fresh fruit and vegetables and cooking all dishes with olive oil.
- Fish and olive oil contain healthy fats that boost brainpower by fighting free radicals and inflammation.
- Fish is also known for promoting brain clarity and focus as well as strengthening overall brain function.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients and minerals that keep the brain energized and prevent brain fog and mental stress.
This doesn’t mean following the diet to the letter. But do make sure you eat as many of these key foods as possible.
2. Exercise regularly
Physical exercise doesn’t just keep your body fit but also optimizes brain function.
Physical exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which improves blood flow to the brain. Exercise also lowers blood sugar levels, allowing your brain to function with more clarity and focus.
Vigorous exercise also allows the release of bottled emotions, which can really take their toll on your brain health.
3. Learn new things
Your brain is at its best when it’s learning something new. This doesn’t necessarily mean academic learning. Developing a new interest, honing a skill or even experiencing different cultures through travel are things that stimulate the brain and keep it sharp, fired up and happy.
4. Get a sleep app
Every single expert will tell you that restful sleep is vital for a powerful brain. A sleep app can ensure that you enjoy a deep, relaxing sleep every night.
Sleep apps contain music and nature soundtracks especially designed to promote deep brain relaxation and calm. Some contain other cool features such as measuring your sleep patterns and brainwaves.
Most sleep apps offer free versions so there’s nothing to lose by experimenting with a couple to see if they work for you.
A healthy social life stimulates and energizes the brain. It creates feelings of belonging and camaraderie that fosters positivity and optimism, keeping your brain free of stress and tension.
More importantly, a healthy social life protects you against depression and anxiety as well as helping you find an outlet for repressed emotions.
6. Have a glass of wine
While too much alcohol wreaks havoc on brain health, a glass or two of wine could be just what the doctor ordered!
Studies have found that consuming small amounts of alcohol can actually energize your brain and help it cleanse itself and flush out toxins. It also increases blood flow to the brain and fights inflammation.
Feel free to enjoy the occasional glass or two of wine knowing that your enjoyment is also promoting your brain health.
7. Give your brain regular workouts
Just as your brain loves learning new things, it also loves to be really challenged. In a nutshell, it loves solving puzzles!
Give your brain a vigorous workout by regularly playing word games and solving puzzles and brain teasers. It will reward you by staying sharp and focused, and you’re learning capacity may even improve.
Leveling up your mental power and helping your brain function at its peak isn’t as complicated as you thought, right?
These 7 simple lifestyle practices will allow you to enjoy amazing brain health as long as you practice them consistently. You’re probably doing a lot of them already!
Enjoying a healthy, age-defying brain isn’t an impossible goal – we’ve barely tapped our own potential. If you practice these steps, you can unlock your next level of brain power.
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