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Ways to Stimulate Your Brain

Whilst most of us like to keep our bodies in healthy shape, one area thats easy to forget is the brain. Improving your brain function can aid better memory and attention span. So what can you do to assist with better brain health? Read on to find out.

Eat the right foods

Eating a nutritious and balanced diet is vital for your overall health and mental health. Foods that are great for boosting your brain function include broccoli, berries, pumpkin seeds and sage to boost both long and short term memory and improve cognitive functions. Eating wholegrains, such as wholegrain pasta, bread and brown rice can help with focus and concentration as wholegrains slowly release energy into the bloodstream throughout the day. Another good food to eat is oily fish, which is rich in fatty acids and essential omega 3 fats. These help sustain a healthy brain, joints and heart.

Supplements

Certain supplements are great for boosting brain power. B12 and B6 are known to preserve brain function. Folic acid is also recommended for brain development and is taken by women during pregnancy. Whilst vitamins are found in certain foods, vitamin supplements can be taken with a glass of water if youre not getting the required amount from your diet.

Get enough sleep

Getting a good nights sleep is essential for improving brain power. A lack of sleep causes lower concentration, poorer memory and poorer overall mental health.  Its best to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night if possible but if youre struggling to switch off theres a few things that might help. Turning off your TV, computer and phone, not consuming caffeine or a large meal for at least an hour before bed will help your brain to switch off before sleep. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day will also create a regular schedule and help your body know when it needs to switch off.

Exercise

Regular exercise maintains a healthy body and mind. If youre struggling to find time to exercise, how about switching a few things up in your routine to accommodate it. Even taking a walk or going for a jog can improve your cognitive function. Mind exercises can also keep your brain functioning well. Things, such as reading new books, learning a new hobby and co-ordination exercises are all ideal for helping to boost brain power. Participating in an exercise thats fun and challenging will make it more engaging for your brain. Certain activities, such as crosswords and Sudoku can enhance your memory and general brain function.

Creating a happy life

Being in a happy relationship, having less stress and cutting back on alcohol are all ways which can sustain healthy brain activity. Taking part in meditation and deep breathing may also help those who are prone to stress and anxiety. Changing small aspects of your life to include any of the above solutions can really make an improvement to your brain function as well as your overall lifestyle.

Training for your 1st Marathon

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Running a marathon (or half marathon for that matter) is no easy feat. Can you imagine having to run for 42 kilometers (26.2 miles) or 21 kilometres (half marathon) in one go? Wow, right? Well, if you’re used to running then you know it is do-able, but if you’re fairly new to the running scene, it would be best if you gave yourself time to train and prepare for the big event.

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Keep Calm and Eat On (10 food items that can help you keep calm)

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It’s a known fact that having too much stress in your life can cause a whole lot of undesirable effects on your body. Too much stress can cause headaches, migraines, upset stomachs, nausea .. and who knows what other long-term effects this may have on the body.

Unfortunately, no one can totally eliminate stress from their lives. Even the pious buddhists monks somehow encounter stressful situations. The only defence we have against this is to learn how to deal with it. This can be done via mental and physical exercises such as doing yoga; going on holidays or short vacations; doing something new; going shopping; and (would you believe it) eating!

Yes! Eating can help you keep calm. However, this doesn’t mean you can go out and binge on burgers and pizza. The key to eating for calmness is to eat the right kinds of food items. Having a proper diet can greatly affect how a person thinks and feels. If you’re keen on lowering your stress levels, try to include more of the following food items in your day-to-day consumption.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy (7 Simple Ways to Happiness)

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A lot of people desire to be happy – and they constantly are searching for something or someone to give them the happiness that’s missing in their lives. Unfortunately, true happiness comes from within. Having all that you want – clothes, cars, dream house (which could be a cottage in the middle of a meadow full of sunflowers – not necessarily a mansion in Los Angeles), all the brand new gadgets, a man (or woman), family – does not necessarily mean you would be happy and content. Many people have all that they’ve ever dreamed of yet still feel empty and unhappy.

So – if it’s not all about material possessions, or achieving your goals and dreams – how do you exactly become happy? As previously mentioned, you have to look within. You would need to determine what you’ve been doing that is making you unhappy – and deal with those. Here are some tips so you can appreciate life for what it is and be on the road to true joy and happiness.

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How to Stay Fit Without Trying

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. It is no secret that being obese and overweight is the cause of a whole host of health related issues which contribute to unexpected deaths. What’s disappointing is that obesity and being overweight are entirely preventable.

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Congratulations! You’re Having A Baby!

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Let’s break out the bubbly – rather, sparkling grape juice (remember, you’re pregnant so no alcoholic beverages for the soon-to-be mum), you’re having a baby! A gazillion things must be going through your head and just don’t know where to start! Whew, take a minute to step back, breathe deeply and organize your thoughts. Yes, your life will change but  that doesn’t happen when the baby is born – it starts NOW!

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4 Myths About Babies You Should Stop Believing

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We’ve heard them all before – silly little tips and advice about babies that ‘wouldn’t hurt to try’. Many of us go about doing it without even questioning the reasoning behind the different beliefs, but although it wouldn’t hurt to try, we think it’s about time we shed some light on these myths about babies, just to make everything clear. Here then are some of the more popular myths about babies: [Read more...]

The Downsides of Daily Computer Use

It’s a reality today that a lot of people use their computers on a daily basis. Whether working at home or in the office or running a business, many are in front of their PCs doing various tasks or playing video games for hours.

Medical experts have long pointed out that this habit is not healthy as it can lead to health problems and even serious diseases such as chronic insomnia, vision issues, game addiction and obesity. Sitting for long hours causes back and eye problems and does not contribute to a good metabolism which can cause a person to gain more weight through the years. The bright light from the computer can also affect the eyes and can cause headaches which can lead to difficulty in sleeping at night.

There’s still hope, though. Just make sure you don’t forget to take a quick break from what you’re doing with your computer and do a little exercise every now and then so you can save yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

We share an infographic here that will give you tips on how to use your PCs the right way and save your health.


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Stevia Also Has Vitamins

Metabolic diseases like diabetes are potentially debilitating problems that can wreak havoc on the sufferer’s lifestyle and quality of life. Unfortunately, there are still no known effective cures for diabetes and various metabolic disorders. The best, and so far, the only way to handle diabetes is taking medication and initiating a complete lifestyle change, most specifically doing more exercises and changing the diet. [Read more...]