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Three Ways to Keep the Brain Young

By Sandy Schroeder

Keeping the brain healthy and alert has become a focus in our culture as we break out the word games and read everything that we can about the subject, but it may be simpler than we think. Specialists in neurology tell us we may go a long way toward achieving our goal by simply sticking to a few simple rituals.

MindBodyGreen.com spotlighted brain health advice recently as their executive editor, Olessa Pindak, pointed out three ways we can use ritual to keep the brain alert. See what you think.

Establish a Bedtime

Help your brain by going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time in the morning, even on weekends.

Pindak says the brain thrives on a regular sleep time, and also benefits from sleep ritual cues that lead up to bedtime. Simple things like warm baths, soft music, or gentle stretches can signal bedtime. Pindak says the more stable we make the sleep routine the more beneficial it will be to our brain.

Scientists tell us the brain recharges while we are sleeping, suggesting the whole process is a key contributor to brain health.

Time Your Meals

Establishing regular times for meals, coupled with a healthy diet, helps to keep the brain in good shape, according to scientists.

If you are trying intermittent fasting, that works too, as long as you keep a consistent schedule going with regular meals. Overall, the brain loves a regular routine.

Keep a Daily Exercise Routine

Work in specific times of the day. If you are a morning person, fit in walking, jogging or stretching before breakfast. If you are an evening person, do a workout after work or walk with your family after dinner. According to the researchers, sticking to a regular routine works best for the brain. Concentrate on the fitness areas that you enjoy and show up at the same time every day.

When you treat the brain to a regular ritual of good sleep, good food and regular exercise every day, your brain will benefit.

Take a good look at your schedule, and see what makes the most sense for you, then do it. I have found making room for these three rituals in my schedule works to keep me away from junk food, in bed earlier, and out there walking or jogging more often.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Seal Beach, Calif.

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