Tis the season for making resolutions for the new year. Many resolutions revolve around our health – a resolution to eat better, or get the gym more often. These are noble goals. But in making your resolutions, you shouldn’t overlook another part of your body – your brain.
Brain research has been getting a lot of attention for a number of years. Neuroscience has given us a lot of new information about the brain and how we can keep it healthy. And, obviously, keeping your brain healthy is important to perform at your best, at work and personal life.
So, here are a few tips to help you keep your brain in peak condition, a few New Year’s resolutions you can make.
1. Get enough sleep.
All the research shows how important sleep is to brain function. Your brain simply needs sleep to recover and rejuvenate. A lack of sleep affects your concentration and cognition. It can be almost like being drunk.
Research shows that adults generally need at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
2. Eat right
You know what a poor diet can do to your body. It has a negative impact on your brain as well. Caffeine up to a certain point is OK, but too much caffeine, as well as too many processed foods, can affect your ability to remember and focus. In addition, trans fats can harm your brain as well, leading to cellular dysfunction.
This should be a no-brainer. Exercise is essential to good health, and for brain health as well. Not only does it help get more blood to the brain improving your cognitive functioning, but research has shown that it can actually increase the number of neurons in your brain.
4. Take citicoline supplements
This is a supplement that has been proven to improve focus, memory and mental energy. Studies conducted in adult women showed that it improved their attention, and studies on young males showed that it improved their motor skills and coordination. In general, the studies on this substance have shown that it can improve brain function and health.
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