If you’ve been following along on our brain health posts then I think you’ll agree this is of most importance!
We need to do all we can to support our cognitive functions and we now know the foundation is a healthy diet that is loaded with colorful foods that feed our brain and give it the fuel it needs.
Now I’ve heard many people complain that they have trouble remembering names, what they were looking for or even what they had for breakfast! I think there are things we should be doing to exercise and stimulate and challenge our brains!
Here are just a few ideas:
- Do puzzles – crossword, search word or jigsaw
- Learn something new! How to crotchet, play an instrument, a new sport or even try to learn a new language
- Try making a list and recalling it by memory and see how many you can remember
- Play games! Nothing like a good trivia game or even match game
- Stimulate your senses! Try and name the flavors your tasting, be descriptive describing how something feels or what your hearing and take in all the visual beauty!
Of course rest is also important for brain health. Getting enough sleep and taking time to quiet the constant chatter that runs through our mind all day is crucial for our moods, immunity and dealing with stress that can greatly affect our brain health.
Lastly, being social and connecting with others could help with memory loss. Stimulating conversation and close friendships are proven to release oxytocin, the feel good hormone counter acting against the fight/flight hormone response.
If you’re looking for a well-known brain boosting adaptogens, one of our favorites is Lions Mane! Lion’s mane mushrooms have been studied for their neuroprotective benefits and their ability to regenerate and protect brain tissue. You can try it out in our Acorn Cafe by adding into your beverage, or purchase from our Harmonic Arts stock and add into oatmeal, soups, etc. Great for those foggy brain moments too!
I hope you have enjoyed our brain health series but please remember that these are all suggestions, please consult with your family doctor and do your own research.