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5 Tips for a Healthy Brain

5 Tips for a Healthy Brain

Brain health is so important, but we often don’t think about it. When you’re young, your brain needs proper nutrition to grow and develop. As you age, your brain starts to change in many ways, but you still need proper nutrition. One study reports, “the volume of the brain and/or its weight declines with age at a rate of around 5% per decade after age 40.” 1 However, you don’t have to worry because taking care of your brain is easier than you think. Keep reading to learn how to increase your brain power.

Keep Moving!

Exercise, like aerobic training, weight training, and even yoga can contribute to a healthy brain. Studies show those who remain active have higher levels of brain proteins that enhance connections between neurons, improving memory and overall cognition. 2

Solve a Puzzle

Whether you are a puzzle expert or not, research shows that regularly taking part in word or puzzle games can reinforce connections between brain cells, improve mental speed, and improve short term memory.3 4 This activity is not only good for your brain, but it’s a relaxing hobby that can boost your mood, too!

Stress Less

Easier said than done... but did you know that stress can affect your brain? One study revealed that over a 5-year period, increases in saliva cortisol (an indicator of stress) reduced hippocampal volume in the brain.5 This part of the brain plays a major role in learning and memory. 4Life Transfer Factor Renuvo® provides support for a more youthful response to daily stressors, such as mental stress and promotes healthy mental acuity.

Eat Brain Foods

  1. Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids, found in foods such as nuts and fish, is a great building block for the brain. 6 It’s important to get these omega 3s from both plant and fish sources in order to reap even more benefits. RiteStart® Men and RiteStart® Women contains these essential fatty acids and other important nutrients to support brain health, skin health, eye health, and more. 7
  2. Grapes and berries: Grapes and berries are antioxidant-rich foods which can protect the brain from oxidative stress and cell damage. One study shows that blueberries and grape juice even improved memory performance.8 4Life’s Riovida® formula combines Vitamin C with natural fruit juices like purple grapes, blueberries, and acai to give you all the brain power you need!
  3. Ginkgo Biloba: Labeled by some as the “brain herb,” Ginkgo biloba may have incredible effects on our memory and cognition. As we age, it is harder to get rid of free radicals in the body, which attack our brain cells. Ginkgo contains plenty of antioxidants that may help cancel out those free radicals.® This herb is found in 4Life Transfer Factor ReCall® for enhanced brain function and improved memory.

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Get Plenty of Sleep

In addition to supporting a number of brain functions, sleep is essential for communication between nerve cells (neurons). Even while your sleep, your brain and body are remarkably active. Studies have suggested that sleep removes toxins from your brain that accumulate during the day. Researchers have also found that sleep deprivation hinders learning, impairs cognitives performance, and slows reaction times.10


Sources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2596698/
2. https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-2022/workouts-for-brain-health.html
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4417099/
4. https://www.progresslifeline.org.uk/news/the-benefit-of-puzzles-for-the-brain/
5. https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/physrev.00041.2006
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7103640/
7. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/
8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19640963/
9. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/benefits-ginkgo-biloba
10. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/public-education/brain-basics/brain-basics-understanding-sleep#:~:text=Sleep%20is%20important%20to%20a,up%20while%20you%20are%20awake.

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