Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health. A diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids is very important for enhancing memory, cognitive skills, learning ability, mood, and stress tolerance.
• Keep in mind the old saying, “Use it or lose it!” Challenge your brain by learning new things and keeping your brain busy.
• Regular exercise and deep breathing increase circulation to the brain.
• Practice stress-reducing activities such as yoga and meditation. Make sure that you are well rested by getting enough sleep.
• Keep hydrated. Drink at least 64 ounces (8 glasses) of filtered water daily to help flush toxins from the system.
• Consume foods that are high in lecithin (a source of phospholipids) and B vitamins, including leafy green vegetables, nutritional yeast and soy products.
• Don’t skip meals and avoid junk food. Fluctuating blood sugar levels do not support optimal brain health. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains to give your brain the fuel it needs.
For more information, including a list of specific nutrients and some supplement recommendations, check out Village Green’s tip sheet for supporting brain health.