''Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ‘’
- World Health Organization, 1948
In today’s world of running around all day long from task to task, and trying to add a checkmark next to each task in our overloaded planners, we have little time to focus on our physical, mental and social well-being. And, before we know it we realize that we forgot to pick up our clothes from dry-cleaner’s, cannot find our car keys, we see that guy waving at us across the street, but cannot remember his name, or else.
The key player in our healthy life is our brain, which experts say, takes only 2% of our body but also consumes 20% of all calories we consume each day. That means that our brain is working very hard, and that is why, we need to give our brain what it needs, so that is continues to serve us well in the years to come.
#1. Feed Your Brain
Foods rich in omega-3 acids, which are found in walnuts, salmon, and kiwi, will improve your learning ability and memory, while foods rich in Vitamin B are helping maintain the work of brain cells.
Try also oysters, turkey meat, dry apricot, artichokes and spinach, since this food is rich in iron, which is in charge of getting the oxygen to your brain.
Your whole body benefits from exercising, and we all know it, but what it does for your brain? Experts say that exercise is a mild stressor to your body, and it triggers the chemicals making your brain cells stronger and healthier. So, no reason not to hit the gym today, go for a run or get your rollerblades and exercise for at least half hour a day, right?
#3. Challenge Your Brain
We should also challenge our brain every day, with crossword puzzles or memory games of some sort. Some crossword puzzles are quite difficult, and I have to admit I need some help to finish most of them, but even if you do occasionally get help, they are a great work out for your brain. Also, visit Games for the Brain, and try playing some of their brain games. You will definitely feel the rush, and your brain will feel fresh after. Just make sure, you don’t get hooked up on it!
#4. Give It Some Rest
Like the rest of your body, your brain needs some rest too. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and don’t be afraid to catch a little power nap during the day. It will do good for your brain, and make your long term memories solid.
When I was in school and cramming for the exam, my mom always used to say that I should put the book underneath my pillow, and go to bed, and that in the morning I would wake up ready for the exam. I always ended up waking up ready for the exam, and getting good grades. When I was younger I thought it was some kind of magic, but now I know that sleeping allowed my brain to relax and solidify my memories of everything I was studying before I went to bed.
Try it, and see how all of this will work for your brain!