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Give Your Brain a Boost With These Healthy Habits

By Sara Butler

You do things every day in an effort to keep your body healthy. You drink water, eat right, brush your teeth, and even exercise. But when was the last time you did something specifically for your brain?

The way you use your brain each day matters. Your habits have a big impact on your brain health, which has a big impact on your overall health and wellness too. That's why you need to take small steps to improve your brain health with a few healthy habits.

Forget Multitasking

If you're trying to do too many things at once, then it's time to put a stop to. You may have been led to believe that those who can multitask are more efficient, but the truth is that it simply makes you less so. Your brain, as awesome as it is, can only do one thing at a time. When you multitask, you're forcing it to bounce between a bunch of different things and that puts a lot of stress on it. And too much stress leads to stress hormones and too much of those aren't good for anyone.

Keep Your Stress Under Control

Speaking of stress, it's important to build a few stress-soothers into your life. Exercise is a great one along with regular massages and chiropractic care. Just relaxing with a good book or magazine might be what you need to help you deal with long-term stress that can impact your short term memory.

Reduce Sugar

Sugar is sweet, but a diet rich in simple carbohydrates like sugar is not sweet for your brain. Researchers have discovered that people who are healthy and have their blood sugar levels under control perform better on tests of their memory. So, cut back on the sugar and feed your brain with complex carbohydrates instead.

Sleep

Getting enough quality sleep each night is a chance for your brain to reset. During sleep, your brain replays the activities of the day and helps to reinforce memory that way. People who wake up often at night or who don't sleep well are more likely to suffer from issues with dementia. So, make sure you're getting enough sleep every night in order to be as healthy as possible and keep your memory sharp.

Your brain is important, so make sure to make it a priority by practicing healthy habits that support its health. If you have questions about it, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sterling, Va.

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