Drain Bamage

8 Jan

We received a casual invitation from a friend to come hear him play at a little cafe out our way. His exact words were, “if you’re not doing anything interesting, and wanna come hear some mediocre music, we will be there from 5:30-7:00. ”

BrainHow could we resist? The band was better than he said and played music everyone enjoyed. On a break, he sat with us and we asked why he was playing bass rather than drums. He said he was learning a new instrument as “brain exercise” and we talked about that.

Old ideas held that you were born with all of your brain cells and aging (and other delightfully bad habits) diminished them. Period. New research shows that we can create new brain cells, and there are three ways to give these new cells the support they need:

  1. Learning new things
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Our diet

I heard that sigh. But the produce aisle is the one place where the more you eat, the healthier you will be! Just increase your fruit and veggie intake to 5-6 servings a day. Easy. The superstars are:

  • Blueberries, which boost neuron signals and help with memory and cognitive skills (you will be able to recognize and remember your kids when you’re old).
  • Spinach, which just shows that Popeye was right. It builds muscles and your brain, helping avoid confusion and lack of focus.
  • Apples. One a day will keep both the doctor and Alzheimers away.

antioxidantsA study on rats found that those fed a diet rich in spinach, blueberries and strawberries were “able to reverse age-related deficits in neuronal and cognitive function.” (Journal of Neuroscience, 15 Sept. 1999)  If the rats can get younger and smarter, then so can I.

Add to your diet: Wild-caught fish, Walnuts and Flaxseed.  All are excellent sources of Omega-3 fats that are essential to our grey matter and improve memory. Eggs are rich in choline, a B vitamin. Grass-Fed beef  is rich in both zinc and iron which help overall brain health, memory, and concentration. Iron also enhances the distribution of oxygen throughout our bodies.

I generally choose what I eat wisely; nutrient-dense foods with an occasional binge…the 80-20 rule. The cleaner I eat, the better I feel. I became brutally aware of the difference when I fell off the wagon during the holidays.

Eat well. Exercise regularly.  And learn something new.

This trio will avoid any further brain MelBrooksdamage,  and hopefully reverse some of it.  All a boon for keeping us sexy and engaged for a very long time to come.

Then again, should we choose not to bother, we won’t  remember or care anyway.

XO Donna

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4 Responses to “Drain Bamage”

  1. mariagatling January 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I love your simple reminders to us all! Even when we are in the habit of eating and doing the right things, it’s great to be reminded before we slip away to the dark side. Thank you!

    • oneoklock January 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      Thank you, Maria. It’s true…keeping it simple and easy makes living well attainable! I appreciate you reading!
      XO

  2. Chris Mckee January 9, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    Way to go Donna! You put it concisely and powerfully. May 2015 bless you in more ways than you can fathom!

    • oneoklock January 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      So nice to see your smiling face, Chris.
      Thank you – that’s high praise indeed, and I appreciate it.
      Blessings to you, and yours, this year!
      XO

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