Hydrate-Water and Electrolytes
Dehydration stumps your body and brain’s operating function. The body is composed of approximately 60% of water. The quickest way to improve blood flow to the brain is to drink more water! Electrolytes also help prevent a poor mood and brain fog. To optimize your cognitive function–Hydrate with water and electrolyte based drinks like (coconut water, Gateraid, Aquarius, etc).
Eat B-Vitamin Rich Foods!
Beans contain thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and B6, cauliflower contains choline, potatoes contain pantothenate (b5), bananas contain potassium. These are just a few of many foods that have b-vitamins in them. Prioritize b-vitamin rich foods and you’ll see an improvement in your overall functions.
Get Some Cardio In
Working out doesn’t just benefit the muscles in your arms and legs. It also benefits your brain! According to Harvard Health, it even helps to prevent memory issues! Finally, getting a good workout in helps to increase focus and concentration.
An Excuse To Eat Dark Chocolate–70% Dark or Higher
A good source of iron, manganese and magnesium according to Healthline. Studies show that dark chocolate can also improve blood flow to the brain (among other amazing benefits)!
Talk To Your Doctor About B-Complex
B vitamins are essential to brain health because they assist in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain! Talk to your primary doctor about including a b-vitamin supplement in your diet. Sometimes memory issues, mental fog, and mood issues aren’t just a sign of excessive partying and alcohol consumption. You might also have a b-vitamin deficiency!
Sleep Well… and On Time
It should go without saying but…get your rem cycle back on track! This one is something we all know but find hard to achieve. Sleep is restorative and improves how your neurons communicate with one another. Get to sleep earlier and reduce those bags under your eyes. If you continually neglect your sleep cycle, your brain won’t function at it’s optimal level. Sleep helps us to form and preserve our neuropathways! Without it, we lose that ability. Get some rest, you deserve it!
Seriously, sit with yourself and focus on your breath. It sounds boring and it is difficult but the key is to let distracting thoughts pass. Sit with yourself and take inventory of your breathing. Meditation helps to boost awareness, concentration, and calmness. Moreover, meditation helps preserve the brain throughout the aging process!
Berries improve memory, prevent dementia and are high in flavonoids as well as antioxidants. Flavonoids specifically protect the brain from injury and also improve brain health!
Abstain From Heavy Alcohol and Drug Consumption for At least a Few Months and Consider Increasing Probiotics
Alcoholic brain damage can occur in heavy drinking just as recreational drug use can appear harmless at first but eventually have repercussions. The best way to repair your brain and improve neurological functions is to abstain from alcohol. Alcohol can cause shrinkage in the brain that impairs cognition. Consider abstaining from heavy usage.
Some alcohol, however, doesn’t produce the same brain fog. Kombucha, for example, adopts the complex flavor profile as spirits but contains probiotics that help regulate healthy bacteria levels. Overall, probiotics have also been proven to assist in brain function.
Bonus: Rethink Your Party Habits
Be kind to your mind! Protect your brain health and consider looking into more enriching cultural and experiential activities for fun! The brain is the most important muscle in the body. If we are hard on it, we not only inflict injury on our emotional health, but we impair our daily functions as a whole.
If intoxication is our primary mode for fun, relief, and stimulation, then perhaps we ought to investigate the emotional needs that are not being met at their root. Whether or not we nourish our brains now will have an effect on our mind as we matriculate into our older years.