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6 Hacks to Strengthen our Brain and Improve Productivity

We’ve all had those days when we’ve accomplished nothing. We’ve got a long to-do list of dreadful and uneventful tasks and chores, and no amount of coaxing is going to get us moving. Days turn into weeks and nothing is getting done. Procrastination feels so good, but in the end, we want to fire up our brains and compel ourselves to be productive humans.

As we age, our brain not only declines in cognitive function, but our short-term memory starts to fail and we have the potential of developing dementia and Alzheimers. This is a huge fear for most of us, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few hacks that will turbo-charge your brain to new heights, strengthen it, keep it healthy, and get those mundane jobs done.

Brain-Friendly Foods

The food chooses we make are probably the most influential variable we can control when it comes to the health, vitality, and functionality of our precious brain. Here’s a list of several brain booster foods that you can incorporate into your diet easily.

Organic cold-pressed, non-hydrogenated, virgin coconut oil can raise blood ketone levels which can protect the brain and stimulate brain cell growth.
♥ Omega 3’s fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. Omega 3 rich foods include salmon, beans, some nuts, flax seed, chia seeds and olive oil.
♥ Avocados are rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty fruit which contributes to healthy blood flow to the brain.
♥ Berries and dark-skinned fruits are rich in antioxidants and contain anthocyanins and will boost your neurons. Options include cherries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges and red grapes.
♥ Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower help lower levels of cognitive decline.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for centuries for their health benefits, but they’ve really grown in popularity over the past few years. For memory learning, Rosemary, Peppermint, Frankincense, Clary Sage and Bergamot are invigorating for the brain. Anything from the mint family is especially will stimulate nerves and brain function, as well as blood circulation. You can inhale them, diffuse them, massage them onto your body, add a few drops to your bath water and consume them in drinks and other recipes.

Time Management

If you find yourself procrastinating daily, then an action plan is needed. Make a list every morning of the things you must get done during the day. Decide to have them done by 11 am so you have the rest of the day to do other things. Multi-task a few jobs if possible. Make this a routine, so your brain will adapt to this action.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory and thinking skills. Exercise helps balance your hormones, it stimulates the release of growth factors – chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and also the abundance and survival of new brain cells.

Supplements

There are several key supplements that will transform your brain health. Lion’s Mane Mushroom is the number one brain supplement. It has powerful nerve-regenerating properties that enhance cognitive functions such as memory, focus and mood. One study showed that Lion’s Mane is the only thing on earth capable of regrowing damaged or dead nerve cells. Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa, Vinpocetine, American Ginseng and Citicoline are just a few more powerful brain boosting supplements.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to offer any medical advice whatsoever. If you have any health concerns, see your healthcare provider.

42 Comments

  • Thank you for the valuable information on strengthing our brain. I do a lot of these such as daily exercise and eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. I need to use essential oils.

  • This is so important.we will look into getting some Lions Mane. The only two that I had heard of were coconut oil and ginseng. Thank you so much for this valuable info with lots of great suggestions to keep our brains healthy.

  • Thank you for sharing these tips. I definitely need to go on a brain diet as I have a terrible memory these days. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a fog.

  • Thanks for all the great information. We are always looking for new ways to help with keeping the brain alive and alert as we get older. Now I know some foods that will help along with some of the brain games that we use. As well the oils sound great. Use a few of them now but now I know a few more.

  • These is such an interesting post. I learned a lot from reading this post. I am going to try some of these suggestions.

  • I think it’s wonderful that they have figured out the best things you can do to try and keep a healthy brain.

  • I appreciate your health posts they are a wealth of information, being at that age to forget things I am looking for help so I can keep my brain sharp.

  • Thank you for sharing these tips Brain The good Lord above gives us all the power to do what we need to do I thank God for that again thanx Brain and may God bless you and your loved ones have a blessed day!!!!!!!!!!

  • I am not keen on taking supplements – but I am keen on eating more brain boosting food – especially the listed dark-skinned fruits. Thank you for the information.

  • I am a big fan of using diet/food as a way to mitigate illness. These are great ideas! I have recently started to use essential oils as well. I am amazed by how effective they can be for different ailments.

  • I like your article and I do most of the things you mentioned. I don’t use essential oils that often though but think I should after reading this. It is so important to keep our brains healthy as we age.

  • Time to acknowledge and put into plan an extensive yet practical dietary plan that is sustainable, effective and most importantly healthy. Thank you for your insight and various tips on how to achieve an important path to greater health. The road less travelled is the hardest to walk!

  • I really like the list of foods provided; and the fact that you mentioned exercise, because a strong mind equals a strong body. But may I also suggest reading (for pleasure), taking a continuing education class (if you are able) every year, volunteering and also interacting with people and being social.

  • After a serious injury I battle with my short-term memory every day. I will have to try some of these tips (bookmarked it so I will not forget!)

  • Awesome article – thank you. I knew about fatty acids being good for brain health, but I had no idea about the essential oils! So good to know.

  • Great post! Fat is so important for brain function. Your recommendations for supplements are right on too, I take a few of them myself. Thanks for a great article.

  • I have just started to use essential oils. I need a chart to help me know how to use them better. Also, I have thought of exercise for body health, never thought about brain health association. Thanks for pointing that out. I am 53 years old now. I have to do all I can to be at my best moving forward.

  • always have loved many of the veggies-do not like avocado (allergic) good list of all things- I have been on the right tract,-thanks for all info

  • I found the post above most interesting. I knew that exercise helps brain function but I had never heard of Lions Mane. I am going to research this item and find out more about the effects of this item. Thank you for sharing.

  • I love articles like this. As I get older, I worry more and more about brain function. I would love to see more articles like this. Also.. if they foods are true, then my daughter should have a VERY healthy brain. It just listed the main things she eats daily and she’s only 10. lol

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