Three Essential Needs For Your Brain
The Three Essential Needs For The Brain
You can regenerate your brain, recharge your mind, and increase your brainpower. This is great and exciting news. While this is true, your brain has three essential needs that must be satisfied regularly to perform:
- Nutrients from certain foods
It takes all three of these every single day for good and lasting results. I often remind myself that like the rest of the body, if I don't use it, then I will lose it. Use and exercise the brain. Use healthy nutrients to feed the brain. Make sure your brain is not oxygen-starved.
The Brain Ages Faster Than The Body
A sharp, calm, high-performance mind needs a fit and healthy brain to sustain itself throughout the day and for the rest of your life. Brain performance data shows that the brain's information processing speed declines significantly faster than the body's physical reaction time or reflexes.
This suggests that our brains may indeed be aging faster than our bodies. *Joshua Reynolds
Another way of looking at this is how at age 60 or even 70 you might have tight abs and firm thighs, yet not able to remember the names of your loved ones. The late U.S. President Ronald Reagan broke his hip at age 89 and in spite of Alzheimer's disease his hip mended like a much younger man's.
Foods To Feed And Fuel Your Brain
In the same way the body can't function without the nutrients it needs, neither can the brain. Our brains need nourishment and like the body it must have proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It must also have anti-oxidant rich fruits like berries and vegetables to fuel, support and preserve it's precious neurons.
- Blueberries - Studies have confirmed that blueberries show increased motor skills in rats. And all types of berries contain high levels of antioxidants that protect brain cells from damage. Yes, a healthy dose of berries regularly can protect the brain from aging.
- Avocados (my favorite) are almost as good as blueberries for the brain.
- Foods that are rich in omega fatty acids like salmon, walnuts and even kiwi fruit can give your brain a boost.
- Whole grains such as oatmeal is wonderful for the cardiovascular system as grains promote good flow to the heart and the brain. For better concentration and focus the brain needs energy for fuel. Healthy grains will supply this energy.
- Vitamin K found in broccoli provides cognitive function.
- A handful of pumpkin seeds a day provides your daily amount of zinc which enhances your memory and thinking skills.
I don't know about you but I'm trading in my peanuts for pumpkin seeds.
Tai Chi For Balance and Cell Oxygenation
Tai Chai And Me
I have recently joined a Tai Chi class. Let me tell you...this is not for the fain of heart. For one and a half hours I tried my best to keep up with the rest of the class. Even going at my own pace I barely made it. But I'm looking forward to my next class and oxygenating the cells in my body. This includes my brain.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
While you're giving your body a good work out, your brain is improving in the mental department. Exercise makes the brains neurons stronger and healthier. And even stretching helps to release stress which impact the memory centers of your brain.
Mind Games For Your Brain
The internet is filled with enjoyable games to play. While you're having fun and taking a 'brain break,' why not include some of these games I've lined up for you with the following links:
Any kind of brain training games will help to stimulate critical parts of the brain. Even games that seem simple and easy will bring great effects.
Your Brain Needs Oxygen
When the brain has low oxygen levels in the blood the brain can be impaired and a 'stroke' can occur. Oxygenating the brain well is required to promote brain healing and brain use.
From " The National Association for Childhood Development " -
" When we go to the doctor they often clip a piece of equipment on our finger called a pulse oximeter. It gives them a general idea of how much oxygen is in our blood. It is so important that it is often referred to as the fifth vital sign. (Vital signs are body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and now oxygen saturation.) The pulse oximeter tells them how well your blood cells are saturated with oxygen."
- " The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do.
- Brain cells are very sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels and don’t survive or function well very long without it.
- The brain is made up of very special cells called neurons, and each of them can do the job of any of the other neurons in the brain. That process gives us the ability to relearn most functions using different parts of the brain. So if we have an injury or a sick part of our brain, we can teach our brain to restructure and control body parts and function with other areas of the brain. That is called brain plasticity."
Important Points to remember:
- There are three essential needs for the brain
- The brain ages faster then the body
- Include salmon, blueberries, whole grains and broccoli in your diet.
- Play internet brain games daily to exercise your brain
- Walking, stretching and working out is good for the brain.
" Make your life a social one and make sure your friends keep a positive attitude.
Humour is by far the most significant activity of the human brain. "
Edward de Bono
Resources - Helpful and Useful Links
Using the three essential needs for the brain which do you need to improve?
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