Top 100 Ways To A Healthy Brain (pg 2)

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21. Laughter and Humor

Laughter is the best medicine! We've heard the expression time and again. Medical world has begun to take more serious notice of the healing power of humor and the positive emotions associated with it. By having fun and laughing, your stress levels decrease significantly. Humor stimulates the parts of our brain that use the "feel good" chemical messenger dopamine. Also, researchers found that humor improves memory.

22. Avoid too much Alcohol

It is also important to watch alcohol intake. Many studies have shown that moderate drinking is better for the brain than abstention. But many Americans overestimate what a modest amount is. "I always caution people," Morris says. "We're talking about low levels of alcohol." According to public health officials, this means one drink a day for women and two for men. (One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of spirits.) High consumption of alcohol has a long-lasting negative effect on mental clarity.

23. Detoxify your Body
Detoxify your body. Toxin buildup in the body can cause brain fogginess, confusion and temporary memory loss. Cilantro is effective in removing heavy metals; eat ½ tablespoon fresh cilantro daily and drink plenty of water. Burdock root and red clover are effective blood cleansers.

24. Keep Health Problems under control
Many medical conditions, particularly those identified as risk factors for cardiovascular disease, are also risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia.

High blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age44. Use lifestyle modification to lower your blodd pressureDiabetes
Diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia. You can improve blood glucose levels by eating healthy diet, exercising regularly, and staying lean. But if your blood sugar stays high, you'll need medication to achieve good controlHighcholesterol
High levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol appear to significantly increase the risk of dementia. Diet, exercise, weight control, and avoiding tobacco will go a long way toward improving your cholesterol levels.

25. Play Memory Games 

There are a lot of games out there that will help you exercise your memory. Log on to the internet and look for memory games that you can play. There is also the game board mastermind and Games of the Generals that will help you improve your memory and your logic skills.

26. Live a "Balanced" Lifestyle

Research shows that leading a balanced life - however you define it - can reduce stress and retard memory impairment. David Corbett takes a long-term view of a balanced life in his book Portfolio Life. He recommends the following:

- having a satisfying vocation a profession,
- being a lifelong learner,
- making time for personal pursuits and recreation,
- enjoying family and friends,and
- getting back to society.

27. Stop Smoking
 You can add memory loss to the long list of health problems that come from smoking. Smokers may have twice the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease as do people who have never smoked. Stop now — it's never too late. If you quit smoking now, you can still reduce your risk of memory loss later in life.

28. Learn something new 

Keeping your mind active is important. But you don't have to spend your day solving Sudoku puzzles to see results. Real brain fitness is about "learning something new that requires focused concentration," says Mary Futrell, Director of Lifelong Learning for the North Shore Senior Center in Northfield, Ill. It could be mastering salsa, studying American history, or learning how to paint, as long as you haven’t done it before.

29. Get to the Brain Gym

 A small but growing number of “brain gyms” have opened around the country, where those eager for a cranial workout use computers to put themselves through a strenuous circuit of mental exercises designed to boost their “neuroplasticity,” or the brain’s ability to create new neural connections, and ward off the effects of dementia. Companies like Posit Science and CogniFit create these computer-based programs as part of what has become an $80 million annual industry in this country alone. The programs build in complexity for each user over repeated workouts.

30. Help a Kid with their Homework

It’s not cheating, and you may be doing yourself a favor along with the kids. Helping children with schoolwork may force you to unearth long-buried equations or recall French vocabulary, and even push you to think critically about a piece of literature. Which is all good for your cognitive health and your relationship with your favorite kids.

31.  Love Yourself  

You should treat yourself as well as you treat others. It will improve the way you think. You will be a happier individual with a sharper mind and better attitude. Try buying yourself a small gift while out shopping for others. It is always good to give, and being generous is nice, but charity should begin at home. Remember, too, that generosity involves more than just material things and satisfaction is not achieved by consumption.


32.  Express Yourself   

Some people find that writing poetry can be relaxing plus it is a great way to express yourself. Not everyone writes poetry so find your own mode of self expression. Try sewing, playing a musical instrument, or gardening. Get a Diary and express your thoughts.


33.  Eat Cruciferous Vegetables

Like cabbages, broccoli, kale and collard greens. In one study, two or more servings of these vegetables daily was linked to improved mental functioning. These veggies can be easily fermented into cultured veggies to make them even more digestible and nutritious. Learn the best way to eat these vegetables and read Why You Need to Cook These Vegetables for Maximum Nutrition.


34.  Try Body Ecology Grain-like

Seeds, Buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth and millet-. These high protein seeds have all the benefits of grains yet are gluten-free and very high in protein. They help your body make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that helps you feel happy. Serotonin converts to melatonin at night helping you have a better night's sleep. This is one of the reasons we suggest you eat these grain-like seeds as part of your evening meal. You can get all of these grains conveniently online at the Gluten-Free Mall.


35.  Meditation   

Daily meditation is perhaps the single greatest thing you can do for your mind/body health. Meditation not only relaxes you, it gives your brain a workout. By creating a different mental state, you engage your brain in new and interesting ways while increasing your brain fitness.


36.  Include organic, Unrefined Fats from Fish, Seeds and Nuts 

Wild Alaskan salmon & other healthy fish are top sources. Fish oil, cod liver oil and walnut oils are also good sources of omega- 3 fatty acids. Both raw and roasted pumpkin seed oil have zinc, vitamin E and niacin. These along with extra virgin olive oil, organic gluten-free extra virgin coconut oil, red palm oil, evening primrose, borage and flaxseed oil make up a wide variety of excellent oils that are a part of The Body Ecology System of Health and Healing.

37.  Tell Good Stories   

Stories are a way that we solidify memories, interpret events and share moments. Practice telling your stories, both new and old, so that they are interesting, compelling and fun. Some basic storytelling techniques will go a long way in keeping people's interest both in you and in what you have to say.

38.   Ballroom Dance like the Stars   

Dancing is a brain-power activity. How so? Learning new moves activates brain motor centers that form new neural connections. Dancing also calms the brain's stress response.


39.  Grab a Video-game Joystick 

New video games, such as the Wii and Nintendo DS, offer brain teasers that make you learn the computer's interface as you master the brain games. That's a double boost to the formation of new neural connections and to response time and memory


40.  When you look around, really look   

Stare straight ahead, and now—without moving your eyes—see if you can make out what's at the periphery. Do this regularly and you'll stimulate the neural and spatial centers of the brain, which can atrophy as you age?