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Rules I Live By: Brain Health

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 5:30 PM

How I keep my health, psychology, and nutrition sharp!

Increase your Gray Matter: Our ancient ancestors thrived on a healthy trifecta of socialization, nature, and physical activity. I love to go to the corec and get in a pick up basketball game for a few hours. (Side note: open gym times are Monday, Wed., & Friday's around noon). If I can't make it to the Rec I will take Layla on a long walk. She doesn't really talk back much but I'm working on teaching her how to speak!

Become a more Learned Human: The learn something new every day mantra isn't just a saying its also important in fresh connections in your brain. I cannot wait to attend Burning Man this year. If you've never heard of it I would highly reccommend checking it out here. In short, Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

Put Your Ear on the Pillow: Did you know that sleeping in the fetal position was ideal? Research from Stony Brook University suggests that sleeping on your side helps your brain clear metabolic plaque faster, thus decreasing the likely-hood of Alzeheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.  Never sleep on your stomach!

Learn to Breathe: Five minutes of deep breathing, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system (you know the one opposite of sympathetic "Fight or Flight" that increases your heartrate) and increasing your focus. 

Eat Fish Oil Often: Consuming omega-3 fatty acid DHA stimulates your brain's ability to adapt to challenges by creating new neurological pathways.  Eat or look for these ingredients on the back of your fish oil supplement for sardines, arctic char, and salmon.  I eat at least two servings a week.  Also, concuming red wine, coffee, and dark chocolate have antioxidants that may help prevent cognitive decline. Yes, you read that correctly. Everything is okay in moderation right?!

I hope you all had a Happy New Year!!

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