Keeping Your Brain Sharp

Strengthen your memory skills to increase your memory capacity. While it may seem that there is nothing you can do to strengthen your memory as you age, there are actually a number of strategies that can help. The worse strategy is to do nothing. That being said, don’t stress out about forgetful moments from time to time. To keep your mind sharp use ir or loose it, regardless of your age.

A good way to keep your memory and mind sharp is to challenge yourself daily with brain exercises. It is important to exercise your brain, just like it’s important to exercise your body. This brain exercise can improve many mental skills, including attention span, concentration, and of course, memory. Popular choices for improving your memory may include things like crossword puzzles, trivia and sudoku questions.

Get up and walk away from your study or work routine for a minimum of five minutes per hour. Your brain requires a rest and relaxation period to better handle what you have provided. You will then be able to remember the information.

When studying, be sure to alter your study environment from time-to-time. Changing surroundings reinvigorates the mind, and causes long-term memory to be more efficacious. If it senses a change in its usual routine, your brain will wake up. This can make it easier to learn new information.

cardio-cocktail_150Supplements that may help with brain function are Omega 3 fatty acids, Phospytidal Serine, flavanols, B vitamins, Antioxidants, Magnesium and there are others. The key with supplementation is finding the ones that work for you and your body. Don’t forget supplements are exactly that, supplements and should not be substituted for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to a 2014 AARP study. Cocoa Flavanols: Cocoa flavanols have been linked to improved circulation and heart health, and preliminary research shows a possible connection to memory improvement as well. A study showed cocoa flavanols may improve the function of a specific part of the brain called the dentate gyrus, which is associated with age-related memory (Brickman, 2014). Full article here

Brevard Times: Study: Sugary Drinks May Reduce Stress

While sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, they certainly do not relieve stress on the pancreas!  I am not saying that aspartame-sweetened beverages would be any better.  One has to wonder what other stress these types of drinks put on the body?  Aspartame original purpose was an insecticide, but is now considered safe by the FDA.  Many any the alternative health field believe otherwise.  What do you think?

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce stress while diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Societys Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study examined the effects of consuming sugar- and aspartame-sweetened beverages on a group of 19 women between the ages of 18 and 40. The researchers assigned eight women to consume aspartame-sweetened beverages, and 11 to drink sugar-sweetened beverages.