Nurture Your Brain with These Healthy Foods

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“You are what you eat.” This familiar phrase reminds us that eating healthy foods will keep you fit. While we know that eating well can help with heart disease or other illnesses, experts agree that food choices may also help with brain function and cognitive ability 

 

Get your greens and blues 

Harvard Health Publishing at health.harvard.edu has an article devoted to five specific foods that may be some of the best choices for brain health. Incidentally, these foods are also on the lists for people who want to follow a healthy heart and blood vessel diet. They include:  

  • • Green leafy vegetables  

The nutrients in foods such as broccoli and kale have been suggested by research to slow cognitive decline.  

  • • Fatty fish 

According to the article, salmon, cod and canned tuna all carry healthy omega-3 fatty acids which have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid—the protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. 

  • Blueberries and strawberries 

The article states: “A study done by researchers at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week delayed memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.” 

  • Caffeinated tea and coffee 

While it gives you your morning (or afternoon) boost, research shows these beverages may help with mental function and memory retrieval. 

  • • Walnuts 

A power punch of protein and healthy fats, walnuts have been linked to improved cognitive test scores in research studies. 

 

For more information on healthy brain foods, read our article here! 

 

Peanut butter, anyone? 

According to an article on consumeraffairs.com, a study showed that peanuts or peanut butter may affect cognitive function.  

 

The article writer, Kristin Dalli, explains:At the end of two years of gathering information from participants, those who were regularly eating nuts had stronger cognitive health outcomes, without any other changes to health or wellness. Participants who were eating at least three servings of peanut butter per week showed better cognitive function, including slower decline, than those who were eating peanuts or peanut butter less than once a week. 


To learn more about foods that can help with cognitive health, read WayForth's blog here! 

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The most cooling clothing for extreme heat will feature:  Breathable fabric, such as cotton or linen. If youre unsure whether your clothing is breathable, simply stick your hand inside the garment and blow on it. If you can feel your breath through the material, youre good to go.  A loose fit. When clothes are too tight, they can trap sweat against your skin, which makes it harder for your body to cool itself down. Opt for clothing that lets the sweat evaporate so your skin can breathe.  Sun protection. Although its tempting, shorts and tank tops are not always the best option during a heat wave. Save your or your loved ones bare skin from harmful UV rays by opting for a lightweight long-sleeve and pants.  Lighter colors. Thats righteven the color of your clothing matters. Darker colors tend to absorb heat, while light colors reflect it. By wearing white and summery pastels, you and your loved one can stay cool and make a fashion statement!  2. 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What Is Life Enrichment?

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