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Pillars for a Healthy Brain

This June, join us to celebrate Kyäni Brain Awareness Month by learning and sharing more on how we can help increase everyone’s ability to apprehend, reason and remember things!
Lifestyle has a profound impact on our cognitive decline. The latest scientific research shows that specific lifestyles and actions can improve the health and level of functioning of our brains, no matter our age. This is a good news, as it puts our brain health largely under our own control. However, there is no magic formula and it is not possible yet to define which actions are the best for which individuals.
Multiple approaches are necessary and current recommendations suggest that a brain-healthy life style should include at least balanced nutrition, stress management with good sleep, physical and brain exercise, social and emotional stimulation.

Pillar 1 – EAT SMART, THINK BETTER
As we grow older, our brain is getting exposed to a process called oxidation. Rust on the handlebars of a bike or a partially eaten apple gives you an idea of the kind of damage oxidation can cause to your brain.
Increasing intake of antioxidants (found in beans, berries, apples, nuts, etc) and omega 3 fatty acids (including fatty fish, flaxseed, walnuts. sprouts, kale, etc) can help fend off the harmful effects of oxidation in your brain.
 
Pillar 2 – STRESS OFF, REST WELL

Elevated levels of the hormone cortisol may interfere with the brain’s energy supply and help increase free radicals, accelerating the oxidation process. To keep cortisol in check, you need to reduce stress in our lives.
But how to do that? Easy: stay positive and be happy! Try to manage your stress practicing meditation to help fend off age-related decline in brain health. Then commit to a good sleep every night: sleep energizes you, improves your mood and can boost your immune system.
Working out in the morning ensures that you don’t interrupt your workout schedule with other tasks. For example, exercising in the morning hours makes being late from work irrelevant, or feeling overloaded with errands that must be done, or saddled with other unexpected to-do items.
 
Pillar 3 – BE FIT. BE SMART
Exercise regularly to improve blood flow and memory! As little as 3 hours/week of cardiovascular activity can stimulate chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, good mood and thinking.
 
Pillar 4 – YOUR MIND: USE IT OR LOSE IT

Mental exercise is just as critical as physical exercise in keeping your brain fit and healthy. Variety and challenge are essential to brain function: like our bodies responding to physical workout, our brains respond to the challenge of mental exercise.
Exercise your brain to improve your its functioning and promote new brain cell growth, decreasing your likelihood of developing dementia. Like your muscles, you have to use your brain or you lose it. 
 
Pillar 5 - SOCIAL INTERACTION
Leading an active social life can protect you against memory loss. Spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, staying in touch and connected with family and friends are good for your brain health. Studies have shown that those with the most social interaction in their community experience the slowest rate of memory decline.
Always create more opportunities to interact, build friendships: the more friends and daily interactions you have, the better it is for your brain function. 
 
Go to kyani.net now to celebrate the Brain Awareness Month with Kyäni Triangle of Wellness and make the first positive change in your lifestyle!
 
Information for this article provided by:
"The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness" (2013), Alvaro Fernandez, Elkhonon Goldberg.

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