The brain is so complex and unique that it is sometimes a terrifying thing to take on. We want to take it step by step and see what small changes we can make to improve our brain health. With the holidays coming right up, it will be very important to most of us to be able to hold onto each one of the treasured memories that we make for as long as we can. By getting all the puzzle pieces together, we can sure make a large impact on keeping our brain health a high priority throughout all of life’s seasons.
We often talk about brain health because it isn’t just our bodies that we need to keep healthy, but also our brains. Our brains play a huge part in our overall health. Diseases like Depression, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia are common brain ailments that, when we add some beneficial tools, can have less harsh effects on our brains.
Gingko Biloba promotes good blood circulation in the brain and helps protect from damage. It can help reduce anxiety and stress and has also been shown to reduce the rate of cognitive decline and increase the functional capabilities in Alzheimer’s patients. Gingko Biloba can also enhance overall brain function, attention span, and focus and increases our bodies’ ability to cope with stressful situations while helping to improve thinking and memory.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory qualities that aid in brain health and function. It can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, dementia, depression, PTSD, neurodegenerative diseases, and Alzheimer’s. Ginger also increases blood flow to the brain, helping to deliver valuable nutrients and removes metabolic waste and toxins as well as helping to improve Vagus Nerve health. The Vagus Nerve is the key component to our mind-body connection. Ginger contains Curcumin, which is the “nutritional gold” for the brain and mental health. It has been proven to be as effective as the prescribed medication, Prozac. It can help in improving memory loss after a stroke and will help increase both serotonin and dopamine as well as helping to reduce the pain of migraines.
Sage helps brain function in patients with memory loss like dementia or, more severely, Alzheimer’s. It contains chemicals that aid in breaking down the enzymes that fight the brain for power in dementia patients. It has long been used as a tool for memory and nerve patients.
Fish Oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids that aid in heart and skin health, memory loss, and depression. Omega-3’s help in preserving the cell membrane and aid in communication with brain cells. Our brains are 80% fat! Incredible, right!? Fish Oil can help in slowing the effects of brain aging and, for memory loss, the best benefit comes when having taken Fish Oil in the early stages. Studies have shown that for depression, Fish Oil has been proven to have comparable side effects to antidepressants.
Green Tea helps in protecting the brain from forming plaque that causes Alzheimer’s. It is made from unoxidized tea leaves, making it higher in antioxidants than other teas. Green Tea helps in connectivity between the parietal and frontal cortex of the brain and can help in boosting everyday memory.
Keeping the holidays and all of the future seasons in mind, let’s make sure that no matter what the brain struggle, we help our brains out by giving them the best chance at keeping those sweet memories we are making with our loved ones. Omegas are great for so many things, heart, joints and brain. So, be sure to add in those Omegas-3 fats that are ESSENTIAL to the brain and you’ll have an excuse to be a fat head! Ha