Eight New Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp At Any Age

playing chess

Want to boost your brain power? Here are eight new ways to keep your brain sharp at any age:

1. Skip the Diet Soda!  Soda in general is bad for our brains, but particularly diet soda due to the synthetic ingredients like aspartame.

2. Play Brain Games. Puzzles, chess, number and memory games are practice for your brain!  Do a few brain exercises regularly by playing these games in your spare time.

3. Never Stop Learning.  There is an unlimited amount of information out there in the world and there is no way we can know it all.  Teach yourself an instrument, take up a new hobby or research something you are interested in but don’t know a lot about. Having an urge to never stop learning will keep your brain extra sharp!

4. Read Often. Whether it’s a magazine, book, manual, newspaper or other reading material, go for it!  Reading not only increases your knowledge of different subjects and ideas but also gives your brain a workout.

5. Use all of Your Senses.  The more senses you use in learning about something, the more your brain will be involved in retaining the memory.

6. Consume Omega 3 Fats.  Walnuts, salmon and avocados are not only delicious; they also boost brain power!

7. Make Connections With What You Are Learning.  Try to connect the names of people you meet to others you know; this will help you remember their names for future meetings. When learning about a process of something, draw a diagram of it out on a piece of paper so you can visualize the process in your head later on.

8. Space Learning Out.  Practice a new process or study things for a test over a length of time.  It is easier to forget things we have learned quickly than those we have learned at a slower pace.

To your amazing brain!

Health Coach Autumn (Sign up for a free personal consultation at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

The Super-Powers of Superfoods

Goji Berries and Maca

Ever want to have a superpower like Spiderman, Catwoman or Superman?  I do!  Well, this is as close as you can get.  These foods all support your immune system and promote longevity among other health benefits.  Here are a few of my favorite Superfoods on earth–I recommend you give them a try!

1. Goji Berries– Goji berries are one of the most nutrient dense
foods on earth, containing 18 kinds of amino acids and up to 21 trace minerals.
They can be found growing on vines in desert regions from America to Asia. Loaded
with antioxidants and phytochemicals; they are believed to be one of the richest
sources of Vitamin C on the planet. Goji berries are known to curb appetite,
fight inflammation and improve sleep. They are prized for their anti-aging,
mood boosting and immune building effects on the body.

2. Maca– Grown high in the mountains of Peru, maca is a
root plant noted for its energy and stamina increasing properties. Aiding the
nervous and digestion system, it is composed of 55 different phytochemicals and
20 different fatty acids. Maca regulates hormones, reduces stress and has an
anti-depressant effect. This amazing plant also enhances one’s memory and
learning ability.

3. Chia Seeds–  Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B complex, calcium, potassium and fiber.  They regulate blood sugar levels and help you stay hydrated.  They taste great in smoothies, sandwiches, salads and dressings.

To your health!