By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Ever walked into a room for something and immediately felt frustrated, because you completely forgot what you were looking for? Likewise, have you ever went to look for something like your glasses or keys, that you “just saw,“ but now can’t find them, only to pass by a mirror and see your glasses or keys actually on you? These kinds of situations can occur when we are stressed, tired, or rushed, which can be entirely reasonable for those types of cases. It seems like, as we get older, these kinds of scenarios may happen more often, causing us to feel…well, not as sharp as we used to be. However, there are a few ways to help your aging brain stay youthful. Let’s look at a few things that affect your brain’s performance and a few tips to keep your mind young.
Many people have overloaded schedules and have trained themselves to operate on less than 6 hours of sleep. The right amount of good quality sleep is essential if you want cognitive behavioral functions to be optimal. Try to reevaluate your schedule to add in more hours of sleep and give your brain some rest.
Keep your brain active. Keep learning new things, whether it be a new book, crossword puzzles, foreign language, classes etc. so your brain can stay youthful and sharp.
Hormones can be another reason why someone has difficulty with sleep or why someone experiences brain fog. Brain fog is a common symptom in someone who has thyroid hormone issues. Your thyroid levels need to be optimal for your brain to function properly. Proper brain function also depends on hormones like estrogen and progesterone levels which also support neurotransmitters.
Inflammation marker like insulin and glucose need to be at optimal low levels too. Insulin resistance causes the brain not to be able to access glucose, and after an extended period this can cause cognitive malfunction, neurotransmitter imbalance, and affect thyroid function which can interfere with mental clarity.
By considering a few lifestyle changes and testing, you can help your mind stay young and active! Start by getting good quality sleep, and by exercising physically and flexing your brain muscles too. Next, get your inflammatory markers, insulin, glucose and thyroid tested. No need for a doctor’s order, you can order this test from us, it’s called the Comprehensive Serum + Thyroid Test! Help keep your brain youthful today!
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