Here are 4 simple things that you can do daily for overall
better brain health and to slow down cognitive decline.
1) Take a cold shower:
Cold water boosts the levels of noradrenaline and dopamine in the blood by over 500%!
These hormones improve alertness, cognition, learning, memory and improve our mood.
If you can’t tolerate an entire cold shower make sure you finish on cold for at least a minute.
Or jump in a cold river, lake ocean or pool!
2) Take a probiotic:
If you have poor gut health and leaky gut (intestinal permeability) or dysbiosis ( bad bacterial overgrowth), toxins from the gut can leak through and cross the blood brain barrier and trigger inflammation.
Probiotic supplementation has been shown to improve cognition, verbal learning and memory.
3) Go for a walk outside:
Exercise increases blood circulation around the body including the brain.
The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain which improves it’s function and memory retention.
Exposing ourselves to light stimulates the pineal gland to produce the hormones seratonin and melatonin which promote restful sleep and improve mood.
Our circadian rhythm (wake/sleep cycle) is also improved. Aim for at least 15 minutes of walking outside daily.
4) Eat brain healthy foods:
As our brains are made up of largely fat tissue, so it’s important to food our brain healthy fats in the form of oily fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, herrings), avocados, flaxseeds/flaxseed oil, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds. Leafy greens help keep our arteries healthy and free from plaque which in turn improves brain function.
Look after your brain with these simple tricks!