You are what you eat! Studies indicate that your brain cells can regenerate even as you age. Food is a key factor in this and there are some great superfoods for your noggin’.
1. Berry Clever
Blueberries protect the brain from oxidative stress, lower the effects of age-related brain diseases, enhance learning capacity and motor skills. Plus this delicious fruit boosts memory. They are super brain food! Throw some blueberries into a smoothie for a healthy, delicious breakfast.
2. Nuttin’ Sharper
Walnuts, the ‘king’ of nuts is chock full of neuroprotective compounds that help motor skills, learning and memory. Its’ antioxidants help fight against the decline of cognitive aging. Munch on a handful of these yummy nuts today!
3. Smarty Fruity
Avocado, is a nutrient-dense fruit, it contains monounsaturated fat which helps blood flow, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. This superfood is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Slice some avocados into a salad and give your brain a boost!
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A yummy & healthy dessert to improve your visual senses after endless hours of looking at screens and books! Check out the Fit Brains‘ collection of recipes, we will add new brain healthy recipes every couple of days so visit often!
What you need:
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup fresh or dried apricots
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 eggs
Putting it all Together:
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- If using dried apricots, soak and drain prior to using.
- Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.
- Pour into oiled custard cups.
- Place cups in a pan of hot water.
- Bake for 45 minutes and serve warm!
Sometimes, the influx of work and daily to-dos are stressful for many of us. Our brains will likely become exhausted on more than a few occasions so we need to remember how to relax the mind!
Here are 6 tips from the Fit Brains team to help you clear & calm the brain during those stressful days!
- Yoga / meditation – Practicing yoga or meditation will help relax the body, mind, and soul. Sign up for a trial yoga class, many community centers will offer the 1st class for free. You can also try meditating at home by sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, clearing your mind, and thinking about one specific but stress-free thing for 10-30 minutes.
- Keep hydrated – Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated and clean. Toxins can build up in the body if it is dehydrated, which will often clog up the mind.
- Listen to music – Listening to music you enjoy triggers natural endorphins in your brain, so take a break and listen to some soothing music that you love.
- Shut off your brain – Do something mindless and/or repetitive. Activities like easy chores or light exercises are good because they don’t require a lot of thinking. Good examples are swimming, folding laundry, going for a walk, doing the dishes.
- Eat right – Cut back on stimulating foods such as coffee, energy drinks, sodas, and candy. Also try to avoid processed & artificial foods. You are what you eat so you need to eat healthy to have a healthy mind!
- Treat yourself – Do something you love and know will lower your stress level. We have all been living in our bodies long enough to know the things we like to do that will help us relax. Sometimes all we need is a break! Take a nap, get a massage, melt away in a bubble bath…do whatever you need to do to recharge yourself!
While brain breaks are great once in a while, don’t forget to keep your mind active on a regular basis to maintain its optimal performance! The Fit Brains Trainer app is great for exercising the mind without any burden of stress. If you have kids, they can stimulate their brain skills with our new Fit Brains for Kids app as well!
A healthy lifestyle is key to reducing the risk of illness and chronic disease. By reducing excess intake of calories, saturated fat, sodium and simple sugars and increasing intake of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean meats, baby boomers may help reduce their risk of developing heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
A diet low in saturated fat is among the top recommendations from health professionals to promote heart health and reduce the risk of cancer. Registered dietitian and baby boomer Susie Langley recognizes the challenge of keeping active and eating well, but argues that with just a little more effort boomers could be better off in the long run.
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60 Minutes ran a segment about the health benefits of red wine, specifically the apparent powers of resveratrol, a polyphenol that is found in the skin of grapes and is thought to prevent illness and promote longevity (the Brain Fitness Blog reported on this a few months ago). Resveratrol is said to have a role in preventing clots and is believed to inhibit the production of LDL cholesterol. The 60 Minutes episode highlighted the work of Dr. Christoph Westphal and Harvard biochemist David Sinclair, whose research suggests that resveratrol can delay the aging process and prevent many gerontological diseases. A few years ago, scientists reported that resveratrol may discourage the onset of one such illness, Alzheimer’s. It is also claimed that this antioxidant can boost stamina, reduce lung inflammation stemming from chronic pulmonary disease, and help stave off cancer. Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also say that they’ve isolated the chemical and given it to mice. The mice given high doses of Resveratrol were able to run farther, didn’t gain as much weight, and lived 20% longer.
Wine Consumption and Health