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What The Brain Needs: Healthy Habits for The Brain

The Brain is the control centre for all bodily functions. By taking care of the brain and meeting it’s needs the health of the rest of the organs and body part is promoted

By Salome Ocheni

Well protected but very needy; No organ in the body is better protected physically than the brain, and no other performs such functions and requires so much care.

The Brain is also the most threatened organ in these special times in which we live. Trauma, infection, unbalanced diet, toxins and environmental contaminants, addictive drugs and stress all pose increasing threat to the brains ability to perform it’s higher and complex functions. As a result, the brain is currently the organ that requires protection and care. Much of its needed care is described from physical to psychological care and diet.

Habits of daily living influence the good condition of the brain, especially good hydration, rest, physical activity, and breathing fresh air.

Drink enough water – The brain contains a higher proportion of water than any other organ. Water is where many chemical reactions occur in the nerve tissue. Poor hydration causes lack of concentration and irritability, sometimes without even realizing it.

If feeling anxious drink, a glass of water!

Get enough sleep – It is said that sleep is food for the brain. While resting (specifically during sleep) neurons are freed from free radicals and other waste products that accumulate during active periods. According to a study at the university of Pennsylvania (United States) the following are some of the effects that lack of sleep has on the mind.

  • Attention lapses
  • Memory lapses
  • Depressed mood
  • Decrease in cognitive functions

Get fresh air – Breathing supplies oxygen to the blood, which in turn transports it to the organ that needs it the most; the brain.

Breathing correctly is not only an important step to have a well oxygenated blood. In addition, the air entering the lungs should be as free from smoke and chemical pollutants as possible, many of these such as tobacco smoke and heavy metals like lead, are present in polluted air. These pollutants impair the brain development, especially in children.

Take walks – A brisk walk through the park is one of the best exercises for good brain oxygenation. It also relaxes agitated nerves after a day’s hustle and bustle.

Keep the blood clean – The expression “clean blood “applies to the need that the brain has for the blood to be free of drugs, toxic substance or an increased level of waste products.

In addition to oxygen and glucose, blood supplies the neurons with other substance that are also needed for good function; essential fatty acids, proteins, B-group vitamins.

Food For the Brain

  • Diets rich in antioxidants; it has been shown that the more antioxidants in the blood, the better the memory.
  • Avoid overeating; overeating attracts blood to the stomach and other digestive organs, reducing the blood supply available in the brain. After a large meal, brain performance decreases.
  • Eat healthy fat; virgin olive oil, walnuts, almonds, flaxseed.
  • Avoid certain food additives; there are certain additives especially artificial dyes and sweetener that can alter brain function in sensitive people.
  • Be sure to get enough iodine; it is a necessary mineral for brain development during childhood. Children with a diet low in iodine have low IQ.
  • Drink distilled water.

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