In this rambling today I want to share with you, my top three tips to look after your brain. The brain is one of those organs in the body that we can tend to forget when it comes to fitness. I know I did, for far too long. If I’m honest, I knew things were skewing in my mid-teens. I’m now almost forty. I have zero regrets because I believe I’m where I need to be right now, but it hasn’t been easy.
So, ask yourself – “Have you neglected the grey matter for too long?” If so, these tips will help your brain get into great shape. Go easy on yourself – instead of trying to implement them all today, why not try and work them into your schedule over the coming days or even over the next fortnight. Remember, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.
1. Drink More Water
The brain is made up of 80% water and this water plays an essential part in its function. When we are dehydrated, we can reduce our sense of well-being and signicantly reduce our performance and our learning. We are also seriously risking our long term mental health. On average, the human body can lose up to 2.5 litres of water per day. These losses are through the lungs, skin (sweat) and through our urine. We must aim to at least replenish this loss on a daily basis. Try drinking more water throughout the day and eating more fruit and vegetables, as these too are full of water.
And, no, coffee doesn’t count.
2. Eat the right fats for your brain!
The brain is made up of a total of 60% fat, which includes – saturated fat and cholesterol. Now most of us may at first consider fat to be unhealthy, however there are some fats that our brains need to function normally. 20% of the brain’s fat should be made up of essential fatty acids or Omega-3 and Omega-6. These two essential fatty acids are important as they can not be made within your body, so you need to make sure that you are getting them from your diet. Eat oily sh as these are a well-known source of Omega-3 and Omega-6.
At this point, I cannot neglect my vegan friends. Some sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 that you might want to munch on include: chia seeds, linseed, hemp and walnuts.
Keep your brain fit by keeping your body in shape! Scientists have shown that regular exercise can massively reduce the effects of depression, anxiety and stress. In fact in a lot of cases, exercise can work just as well as antidepressants. If you’re like me and on the antidepressants, you may feel well-buzzed by the time you get home from your walk. Keeping your grey matter happy will also keep it healthy! You can do this by introducing a daily brisk walk through the park or maybe take a dance class! I’ve even begun parking further away to get in those extra steps, or taking a book to the park or – throwback time – playing Pokemon Go.
Gamefying exercise works well for the ADHD brain.