How many times have you headed to another room with the intention to retrieve or do something, arrive and then can’t remember what you came there for? Ever been frustrated because you’re so overwhelmed with tasks that you can’t seem to organize your thoughts in order to get started? Problems remembering where you placed your keys? We’ll sit tight, help is on the way!
I am very passionate about brain health because after all, the thing that makes us who we are, our thoughts, our character, our personality all are mostly shaped by how we process things and our memory. We are all unique individuals because of our experiences, talents and beliefs. We lose our minds and we’ve lost self. As a youth I can remember not getting the opportunity to know my Great Grandmother. She passed away at the age of 88 but truthfully had been gone for years due to what they used to call senility but now we would say Alzheimer’s Disease. Here are a few videos I’d like to share about preventing loss of brain function and even aiding in the health of our brains.
This is a short summary that I have researched and try to incorporate into my regular diet and lifestyle:
- Nuts which are rich in vitamin E such as almonds which provides antioxidants to destroy free radicals that kill our brain cells. Walnuts which are high in DHA (a form of Omega 3 Fatty Acids) have been shown to decrease brain fog. Vitamin E from food sources such as these have been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease as well. Just a handful a day is required.
- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil which are all high in antioxidants, nature’s assassins for free radical damage that kills cells in our bodies and can also lead to cancer. Foods rich in vitamin C such as fruits and veggies help to combat free radicals as well. The Super Fruit in this category are those rich in color such as blueberries for example.
- Supplements such as Ginkgo Biloba, Magnesium, Ginseng and Essential Oils such as Rose Mary as well as the herb sage help to fight off inflammation and free radicals. Rose Mary and Sage herbs prevent Alzheimer’s and increase blood flow to the brain. Sage helps to boost memory recall and MORE! See the below video.
- Fish high in Omega- 3 Fatty Acids (the brain is made of mostly fat- 60%). These fats are linked to memory and learning. Baked or boiled Salmon, Sardine, Tuna, Atlantic Mackerel, Cod, and Lake Trout are great sources of Omega-3.
- Green Tea is a great anti-oxidant and increases alertness and mood. It is said that coffee has the same effect but it is acidic and may not be the best for body pH
- Eggs- Can’t keep enough of these in our home. We mainly eat them boiled so that they make easy to go meals and can be prepared ahead of time with little effort. They are an excellent source of B6, B12, Folate and Choline, which are extremely important for memory, mood and mental decline.
- AVOID fried foods with saturated and trans fats!!!!!!!! These are extremely damaging to our brains.
- Avoid supplementing with iron unless it is recommended by your health care professional. Too much iron and copper can be very damaging to the brain also. Even with our cast iron cooking pots and pans, don’t use them daily.
- Exercise– 40 minutes of vigorous walking three times a week
- SLEEP at least 7 hours
- Decrease stress to keep cortisol levels in check (as we have spoken about a high cortisol level is linked to so many diseases. You may call it meditation but I call it our Spirituality. I believe with my whole being in the Creator of Avraham, Isaac and Jacob that He is in control of all and without Him, I have nothing.
“The key to a healthy life is having a healthy mind.” ~ Richard Davidson