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Memory Spring Monthly

Brain Healthy Holiday Dishes

 Thanksgiving Dinner Plate by Stacy

The holidays are a wonderful time for friends, family and food.  It is a time of tradition and memories.  It is also a time when we totally break free from our diets, abusing our body and brain by eating and drinking almost anything that we see (or smell).  While that’s a fine approach, we do have the opportunity to make choices that will  help our health and brain performance (without sacrificing flavor and tradition) during the holidays.  

Here are a few brain and body healthy recipes that will make your holidays special.  


Take Care of Your Heart to Take Care of Your Memory

Head and heart

Over the past few years it’s become common knowledge that even though the brain makes up a small percentage of your body weight, it requires twenty percent of your blood supply to operate correctly.  As a result, the performance of your heart, the organ that pumps oxygen rich blood throughout the body, is vital to optimizing your brain health and memory.

Good heart performance and blood flow results in better memory performance and brain responsiveness.  Restricted blood flow results in increased memory struggles, increased risk of Alzheimer’s (and other forms of dementia), stroke, and even heart attack.
According to Web MD, the top risk factors for poor heart performance or heart disease include: Smoking, High LDL (“bad” cholesterol and low HDL ("good" cholesterol), Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), Physical inactivity, Obesity, Uncontrolled diabetes, Uncontrolled stress and anger.
Here are some steps to implement to improve your heart performance, memory and brain health.


Three Tips for Improving Your Brain Health

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The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles and all the organs. The human brain has the same basic structure as other mammalian brains, but is larger in relation to body size than any other brains. It weighs about 3.3 lbs. (1.5 kilograms). The brain makes up about 2 percent of a human's body weight. Despite this, even at rest, the brain consumes 20% of the body's energy, about 327 calories per day! The brain consumes energy at 10 times the rate of the rest of the body per gram of tissue. The average power consumption of a typical adult is 100 Watts and the brain consumes 20% of this making the power of the brain 20 Watts, enough to light a light bulb!  

So, what are some tips to take care of this amazing organ? 


Want a Great Technique to Improve Your Memory and Recall? Start Mind Mapping! 2006 - Updated
Mind Mapping is a powerful technique that is used to improve memory and recall.  In addition to boosting their memory, people of all ages are using mind mapping to help in a number of ways, including: 1) Generating ideas; 2) Organizing thoughts or ideas;  3) Understanding course material; 4) Assisting as a revision aid; 5) Structuring coursework; 6) Engaging creativity; 7) Enhancing presentations; and 8) Having fun. Mind mapping is truly a powerful and simple tool that everyone can learn to use.
What is mind mapping? According to mind map creator, Tony Buzan, “A mind map is a visual thinking tool that can be applied to all cognitive functions, especially memory, learning, creativity and analysis. Mind mapping is a process that involves a distinct combination of imagery, color and visual-spatial arrangement. The technique maps out your thoughts using keywords that trigger associations in the brain to spark further ideas”.


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