From diet and exercise to making time for self-care and relaxation, you might be taking steps to make your health a priority. But are you forgetting about your brain?
According to a poll conducted by Neuriva and The Harris Poll, nearly all Americans — 89 percent of them, to be exact — would like to improve some aspect of their brain performance. It’s never too early (or too late) to start living a brain-healthy lifestyle. For Brain Awareness Week, we’re sharing five simple lifestyle tips to help you brain better.
Physical activity is as important for the brain as it is for the body. It changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills, while also improving mood and reducing stress. Whether it’s walking, dancing, yoga or even mopping the kitchen floor, find an activity that works for you. It’s important to get your heart rate up and break a slight sweat.
Get your ZZZs
While you sleep, your brain is hard at work restoring information and memories and preparing you for another day. Sleep deprivation has been found to disrupt the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other, leading to mental lapses and perception and memory problems. To ensure you get a good night’s sleep, stick with a routine and be sure to limit exercise, caffeine, alcohol and screen time close to bedtime.
Emerging evidence suggests an association between dietary habits and cognitive performance. Research shows that a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, olives, and nuts helps maintain brain health. Additionally, cutting back on foods high in saturated fats (such as red meat and butter) may help ward off a variety of degenerative diseases affecting your heart and your brain.
Look for science-backed supplements
When choosing a dietary supplement be sure to look for those with research-backed ingredients and demonstrated cognitive benefits. Certain supplements, such as fish oil rich in DHA, phosphatidylserine (PS), coffee cherry extract, B vitamins and folic acid have shown potential brain health benefits. Neuriva is a brain health supplement using two clinically proven naturally-sourced ingredients(coffee cherry and plant-sourced PS) to help fuel five indicators of brain performance: focus, memory, learning, concentration and accuracy*. Find it in CVS stores nationwide and on CVS.com. The supplement itself is part of a holistic ecosystem, which includes the Neuriva Brain Gym, which has fun games and tasks to assess, track and train your cognitive performance.
Try new things
De-stress with activities you find enjoyable and find support in your loved ones and social network — but don’t get stuck in a rut. Becoming a lifelong learner will enhance intellectual stimulation and help keep you (and your brain) healthier and happier. The most important thing to keep in mind is that no matter how old we are, we can take simple — and even fun — steps to support our brain health and performance.
Remember, brain health is in your hands, so what are you waiting for? To learn more visit Neuriva.com.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
This article was created by Neuriva.