....take care of your brain! The saying goes that 'elephants never forget' and elephants live almost as long as we do. How is your memory doing?
Just like breathing and a perfectly beating heart, we can take our brains for granted. It is a mistake to assume we can wait to take care of that grey matter between the ears only when we notice signs of forgetfulness or foggy thinking. Brain issues begin years before the symptoms become apparent – even 20–30 years before! However, there are things we can do now to help prevent (or at least postpone) debilitating mental illness.
First, make sure you eat well! Your brain is dependent on the nutrition you provide your body. There are many resources available with lists of brain-healthy menus you can follow.
One of our mentors has a theory that elephants have such good memories because of all the Gotu Kola leaves that they eat. Gotu Kola is excellent for cognition. You may not find the leaves as delicious as elephants do, so we suggest supplement forms you can take instead.
Second, make sleep a priority. Getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep a day helps with memory retention. Your brain is also actually working to detox while you are sleeping. Don't skimp!
Third, you need to exercise - body and brain.
Physical activity that gets your heart pumping can literally grow new brain cells and new synapses in the hippocampus, a brain area critical for our ability to form new memories. (Taken from HFC website).
Learning new things is a great way to exercise your brain - a new language, a new hobby, or a new skill. Playing games and doing puzzles will help keep your mind sharp. Don't feel like you have time for any of this? Just experiment with driving a different route to work or doing things with your non-dominant hand.
Fourth, take care of your emotional well-being. Reduce stress as much as possible, hang out with positive people, watch a comedy....don't forget that 'laughter is like internal jogging'. Your brain will thank you!
We understand that some people may be dealing with head injuries that require more than a 'do-it-yourself' approach and are happy to help with services using cold laser therapy and cranial work. We also use a 6-week supplement protocol to help 'regain the brain'. Even if you had a head injury many years ago, it could be causing you brain issues today.
We hope we have given you some 'food for thought' when it comes to brain health. Make it a priority to take care of yours...before you forget!