Brain Health Tip #2: Rest, Restore, Reset!

28 June, 2018


Brain Awareness Month continues! Last week we reported the fact that exercise is the number one recommendation for maintaining cognitive health, and for preventing neurological disease.
 
Your brain - as an organ rather than a muscle - benefits from the increased blood flow that is a result of regular exercise. However, the brain also behaves similarly to a muscle in that it responds to targeted exercises.
 
If you want strong triceps, you have to incorporate an exercise that targets that particular muscle group. Similarly, there are other ways to "move your mind" in the name of strengthening your brain.
 
These practices can't replace exercise directly, but benefit the brain in their own ways. Try out a mind game or a round of chess. Maybe a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or even a new instrument or language. These types of activities work your brain in a similar fashion as lifting a weight works a targeted muscle group.

Brain Health Tip #2: Rest, Restore, Reset!

There is a lot of hype around the importance of sleep. Thankfully, the buzz is valid as doctors agree most everyone should be aiming for 7.5 to 8 hours of restful sleep per night on a regular basis.
 
One of the waste products that contribute to cognitive decline (such as Alzheimer's) is the amyloid protein. During the day, amyloid accumulates in the spaces between brain cells. Yet as we sleep, amyloid molecules and other dangerous byproducts are cleared away from brain tissue. We need to give our brains time to rest and reset- especially if we're interested in preventing Alzheimer's.
 
There are lots of great strategies for setting yourself up for a good night's sleep. A critical one to try is turning off all your electronics an hour before bed! This allows the brain a period where it is not stimulated so it can decompress and prepare for sleep.
 
We have included an Ayurvedic Golden Milk recipe in this e-news as well. This milk is made to settle the central nervous system to support a good night's sleep.
 
Rest well, and stay tuned for tip #3!

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