When it comes to looking after ourselves, brain health probably doesn't top the poll. While we might be great at getting our Countdown fix or sharpening our wits with a game of Sudoku (which in itself is brilliant), when it comes to minding your brain, we probably don't actively do enough. So today we're focusing on tips to keep your brain healthy.
This incredible, complex organ is responsible for so many functions; it controls your emotions, movement, speech and stores precious memories. Like other organs in your body, your brain will decline with age. But there are some things you can do to protect it and reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's later in life. Here are 4 tips to keep your brain healthy.
Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy
There are four factors that are essential for brain health. These help to build stronger connections in the brain and help to reduce brain deterioration, keeping you sharper, focused and more calm. So without further adieu, here are some essential tips to keep your brain healthy.
There are an estimated 200,000 diabetics in Ireland today. The fact that we, the Irish public, are eating too much sugar is well known. What is less well known is that too much sugar in the diet has a massive impact on your brain capacity and mental health.
Alzheimer’s disease is now being referred to as 'Diabetes type 3'. The reason for this is that excess insulin interferes with receptors in the brain, causing deterioration and the formation of senile plaques. If you can change one thing about your diet; cut down dramatically on sugar. It will benefit you now and in the future.
Nourish your Brain
- Omega-3 improves communication between brain cells which can lead to sharper thinking and quicker reactions.
- Lecithin, which comes in granules or tablet form, contains two components called choline and inositol. These components help regenerate and revive brain cells.
- B vitamins play a big part in nerve balance and mood stabilisation. When B vitamins are taken in combination with fish oils and lecithin, this can massively improve memory, mood and alertness.
Follow your Gut
The health of your gut and your brain are closely linked. An amino acid supplement called L-glutamine works for both brain and gut health. If taken first thing in the morning, it can support energy levels throughout the day.
It also helps to keep the gut lining in good working order, which enhances your absorbability of the fats, phospholipids and vitamins that your brain needs. It also has calming properties of its own. Many customers report feeling calmer and more able to deal with pressure on the days when it is taken.
Another of our tips to keep your brain healthy is reduce toxins. A toxic person often suffers from brain fog and confusion. A pleasant and effective way to detoxify the body and mind is to have regular baths using Epsom salts. Epsom salts draw toxins out through the skin. The high magnesium contained within the salts can help you feel more relaxed. This will also help you to sleep better, and nothing makes you sharper than a great night’s sleep!
Please note, this blog is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.
It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, treatments or remedies if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or on medication.
Checked and updated: 13 August 2021