Do you take your brain health seriously?!?
Doctors are estimating that Alzheimer’s may start long before even the earliest symptoms become apparent – up to 20 years before symptoms manifest. 1
We always talk about how we can lose inches and/or weight….But what about our brains?
It’s not too late…
New research over the last few decades in neuroscience has shown that the human brain is actually very adaptable to change even in adulthood.
This is called neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to restructure and replace many aspects of itself. 2
- “Neuroplasticity has allowed people to recover from stroke, injury, and birth abnormalities, improve symptoms of autism, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities and other brain deficits, ease chronic pain, pull out of depression and addictions, and reverse obsessive-compulsive patterns.” wrote Debbie Hampton – You’re Not Stuck With The Brain You Were Born With
One of the most effective ways to keep these cells from dying is by learning. 3
So what are you doing to keep or even grow your brain cells?!?
1. Get Sleep – Sleep helps learning retention and repair, build, and restructure neurons.
2. Find a Creative Hobby 4 – Get off your phone and devote 15-20 minutes daily – Schedule it and do it. (don’t tell me you don’t have time)
- Create Artwork – Painting, mosaics, or pottery are options
- Learn an Instrument – I have been taking piano and devote 20 minutes per day with one 30 minute lesson a week.
- Learn a new language – Take a class or do it at home (i.e. Rosetta Stone)
3. Reduce Stress
- Meditation (even if it is 5 minutes a day) Get a meditation app – I use Simple Habit
- Practice Yoga (even if it is 20 minutes) Get a yoga app (I go to class but sometimes I use the Down-dog app at home)
4. Intermittent Fasting – it’s not only great for fat loss and longevity but also for neurogenesis. Aging rats started intermittent fasting regimens and markedly improved their scores of motor coordination and cognitive tests. Learning and memory scores also improved after IF. 5
5. Exercise – Moderate-intensity exercise like jogging, power walking,swimming or lifting.
6. Eat certain brain boosting foods
- Walnuts, Blueberries, Avocado, Wild Salmon, Dark Chocolate (1 once), Eggs, Tumeric Root
7. Simple task – Start doing things with your non-dominant hand like brushing your teeth or texting.
Bottom Line: We need to start taking brain health seriously and do daily tasks (as mentioned above) to prevent Alzheimer’s.
To a healthier you,
P.S. – Has your weight loss efforts plateaued or are you looking for more mental acuity?? Check out The Simple Intermittent Fasting Journal to get you on the right track!