Wouldn’t it be great to have a sharp mind well into our “golden years”? I personally want to do everything I can to be mentally “with it”. I’ve witness on a very personal level how the brain and memory can be our best friend, or our worst enemy…at all ages.
In getting ready for our living ageless retreat…I’ve been diving into natural elixirs which can help our brain get younger…yes…younger! How awesome is that? Something to know is memory or brain malfunction usually happens years before we even know it’s exists, so there’s no time like the present to get started on creating a healthier mind.
I’d love to share some amazing herbs and foods which help…that is if you’d like to improve your memory….
Ginko Biloba (an adaptogen to help our adrenals)
Ginko works primarily for those experiencing poor circulation to the brain
Rosemary and Sage(eaten or breathed in)
Stimulates the mind and memory
Sleep … getting enough or too much
Multiple studies show those who got less than 6 hours a night on a regular basis…OR more
9 hours a night had lower cognitive scores
Staying physically active has been shown to promote brain health and supports memory
Relaxing and being able to calm yourself
Chronic stress destroys brain cells in the part of the body responsible for memory. Good
elixers for calming one’s self are adaptogens such as Reishi, Relora and Tulsi
Some additional dietary tips which are helpful would be to incorporate a diet rich in anti oxidants and anti-inflammatory foods. These help the brain “talk” or communicate between neurons.
Eat your veggies (there are hundreds if not thousands of studies indicating the powers of anti oxidants and improved health; including brain health). Add in Turmeric, cloves and Ginger due to their anti oxidant rich properties. Incorporate loads of colors. My “goal” is to have at least 5 colors a day. Colorful fruits (especially the “Northern ones) have loads of antioxidants such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and apples.
Get rid of the white flour products…now! The refined sugar and refined carbohydrates increase brain inflammation and free radicals. Directly related to ADHD, Alzheimer’s, dementia and raised triglycerides to name a few problems.
Add in fermented foods to heal the gut. The gut’s health is strongly related to memory and “lack of” brain fog.
Add in responsibly raised fish which are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids like wild salmon, sardines, halibut and flounder for example.
Additional supplements to consider (always check with your Doctor if you are on any medication) are:
Vinpocetine (a flower)
Gingo (mentioned earlier)
This is a big topic and one to remember (get it?!) Again, if you are taking any medications, be sure and check with your doctor if adding anything “new”! If you do decide to take anything, research it dilgently first and start out slowly.
Having our wits and memory is something to behold as a golden bar. Be loving and respectful of your mind…as you do with your body and everything else special in your life.
To yours in health~
Tammy Parkinson CNC CLC
Body Firm Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching 408 896 2639
WholeBodyIQ.com Lifestyle Guru.