3 Top Tips For Brain Health
Have you ever sat in front of your laptop and asked yourself “Why is my brain not working?”
I know I have!
“Another cup of coffee to get me through this little slump”
“I need something sweet to keep me going, just this once”
I soon realised that I was telling myself these things over and over again until it became a daily routine.
You might not even realise what you’re feeding yourself might be playing a role in subtle brain fogginess and memory loss.
When my grandmother was diagnosed with Dementia I became more and more aware of my own symptoms of memory loss. I was in my early 30’s there’s no way this should be happening to me?
It was only when I started studying nutrition that I realised that what you put into your body DOES have an impact on your brain health.
Stress, excess caffeine and sugar, nutrient deficiencies, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances and lack of exercise can all contribute to a slowing brain.
So what can we do to enhance this?
I try as much as I can to support my brain health – here are the top 3 things I do to keep my brain healthy, sharp and focused:
1. Reduce Sugar
Cravings are your body telling you your hormones are out of sync. Insulin in particular, which regulates your blood sugar. Symptoms of a blood sugar imbalance can include brain fog, fatigue, poor memory, afternoon slumps, weight gain and cravings for sugars. This can happen in two ways: from eating too much carbohydrates, refined and sugary carbohydrates and stress. The body releases glucose (sugar) from these sources triggering insulin, when we eat too much of the wrong carbohydrates or allow stress to take over our bodies this can cause insulin to rise and fall too quickly. It is this rise and fall that contributes to the symptoms of a blood sugar imbalance.
2. Exercise Up to 3 Times Per Week
While intense exercise can cause blood sugar imbalances, research suggests that exercising up to 3-4 times per week can support blood sugar, memory and focus. I aim for three weight training sessions per week and one to two cardio sessions. We also try to get outdoors as much as possible, as the Vitamin D from the sun can do wonders for supporting brain health.
3. Stimulate Your Brain
I find that social media has under-stimulated my brain! Non work related stimulation can be really beneficial for the brain as well as helping you switch off. Sudoku, crosswords and even apps such as Luminosity are enough to keep your brain stimulated as well as mindful. When we are mindful we are present in the now. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques have a huge impact on brain stimulation not to mention reducing stress and anxiety.
I know Dementia is in my genes and I cant do much to change that but I can change the environment I put my body (and brain) in i.e. the food I eat and the exercise and brain stimulation I provide it can help keep it sharp and focused.
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Elysia Doody is a Functional Nutritionist & Exercise Coach specialising in female health and wellness and the founder of The Female Wellness Hub.
She’s embraced Functional Medicine to address her health concerns, and is now helping as many women as possible in a similar position. Taking everything she’s learned through education, her own health, and working with clients, she’s keen to share it all through online programmes.