Feed Your Head:
Everybody is unique, with unique nutrient demands. But our organs all share a common need for specific nutrients.
And we mustn’t forget that the brain is just another organ, even if it has a complex structure that still defies our comprehension.
Brain impulses and memory storage require calories, especially sugars in the form of complex carbohydrates.
Skipping meals and overeating simple carbohydrates like sweets and sodas can cause low blood sugar, leading to confusion, tiredness, irritability and depression.
The Acid Test
Amino acids support metabolism in brain cells and help rid the brain of waste products. Some of the more popular ones are:
- Phenylalanine and tyrosine – help make us feel alert, energetic
- Glutathione – helps minimize environmental chemical stress,
- Taurine – stabilizes cell membranes to prevent mineral loss.
A good low-fat, high-protein breakfast is often a great way to feed your head. Besides amino acids, vitamins and minerals are critical for the smooth flow or nerve signals through the brain.
Antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E help to eliminate free radicals in the brain, and B vitamins help keep brain metabolism normal.
The brain is largely made of fat, and essential fatty acids are essential for brain function. However, these fatty acids cannot be made by the body, and must come from outside sources.
Omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, along with mono-unsaturated from fruits like avocado are particularly good sources.
LET YOUR MIND RELAX Meditation can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Try sitting quietly for 10 to 20 minutes while concentrating on a single object or on the flow of your breath.
When your mind begins to wander, note the new thought or sensation and then gently bring your concentration back to your original focus. It calms the mind – and rejuvenates the body.
The Magnificence Of Your Mind
Question: what is the most complex machine ever made? Probable answer” the computer?
Real answer: the human brain. We’re well into the 21st century. This is the age of super speed, super strength and super smarts not because of the computer but because of the creator of the computer, the human brain.
We always think of ways to improve ourselves physically, but how about improving ourselves mentally? We need mental exercises just as we need physical exercises.
The key to mental empowerment is simple: utilize areas of your mind that you usually don’t. In other words, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! Prevent memory loss by sharpening your brainwaves through different means every now and then.
Keep Your Brain Active
Keep up mentally with your fields of expertise, with new knowledge and skills, with areas of emerging interest. If you neglect the talents and skills that are essential to your life, they begin to wane, and then you’ll notice that you also begin to wane.
If you are interested in new skills rather than the ones you’ve been performing, that can help sharpen your brain more.
Your brain needs exercise, too, or it may lose some of its power, especially as you age. Keeping your mind fit it is a great way to stay young.
In fact, the physical rewards of keeping your brain fit are so great that becoming a lifelong learner will make your biological age 2.5 years younger.
There’s a great deal of science behind the benefits of exercising your brain.
Research shows that continuous use of the brain can decrease the amount of cognitive decline associated with Alzheirmer’s disease and aging, physical change in the brain when people learn.
When it comes to keeping your mind sharp, making the right lifestyles choices is paramount.
You can protect yourself from diseases that are associated with mental decline, such as diabetes and osteoporosis. And avoid those lifestyle choices that increase your risk of cognitive degeneration.
Learning is not a formal process with a clear beginning and ending. It’s a continuous, lifelong adventure that’s fun and exciting. Learning will not only help you with daily tasks such as memorizing a new phone number, but it will also keep you young enough to outsmart the kids.
Create A Whole New World With Creative Aging
Creative aging is growing old in a productive and stimulating manner. Learning is one of the best features of creative aging. Practice keeping all of your neurons active in the networks you wish to maintain.
Make small, consistently applied efforts at sustaining your competence and skills.
You can get your mind challenged through reading and reflecting, and through stimulating discussions with others. You really don’t need to worry about normal slips or slowing of brain functions as you get older.
Think of your brain as your junior partner. Give it easy tasks and assignments as you age, but keep it on duty always.
How To Develop Creative Aging Through The Brain
- Keep your mind busy
It’s best to do a lot of mental exercises. You can
- Get hooked on popular fiction
- Solve puzzles
- Join online discussion groups
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Discover new kinds of games
- Take up a new course
- Volunteer for worthwhile causes
- Learn new skills
- Keep your body healthy
The body is the receptacle of the brain. Hence, a healthy brain is the result of a healthy body. By now you should be considering different physical exercises as outlined in exercise page. By exercising your body, you also exercise your brain.
- Stick to your healthy habits
Avoid smoking, take alcohol moderately, and minimize your consumption of caffeine-based products such as chocolates, colas and even coffee. Avoid substance abuse.
- Begin with the end in mind
Does this sound familiar? Human development expert Stephen R. Covey’s dictum rings true fro those who want to ensure they have a good future ahead. Think in advance of the challenges you will face and prepare early for those challenges.
For instances, if you plan to retire in 10 years, you may need to develop a new circle of associates to keep you stimulated and challenged.
- Avoid isolating yourself
Note that there is a difference in being alone and being lonely.
You can be alone and yet enjoy the company of visiting friends, while you can be lonely even in the midst of a big group of people.
The story is told of a beautiful young woman who always had the habit of looking at the mirror all the time.
Whenever she saw even a tiny blemish on her countenance, she would worry herself so much that she started thinking that she wasn’t beautiful.
Well, because she kept on looking for blemishes, she started having more blemishes than usual. Eventually she became obsessed with blemishes that she started looking older than her age.
Moral: you are what you think.
Your mind is your seat of power.
Whatever your mind thinks, your body follows. Let your mind be the receptacle of powerful thoughts that can banish thoughts of aging and senility. This is what mind-power, real mind-power is all about.