• Penn Vieau

Reaching your potential in life starts in your head

Updated: May 22, 2020

Your brain is an amazing gift. It helps us learn, interact, create, imagine and the list goes on and on. It often seems that there isn’t anything this magical three pounds of neurons can't do. However, did you know the brain is the most complex organ in the human body?

Like any other organ, the brain is affected by a person’s lifestyle, diet, sleep and exercise.

Deficiencies in certain vitamins have been shown to decrease memory skills. Certain foods promote brain health. Fruits and vegetables with dark skins are rich in vitamin E, such as spinach, broccoli and blueberries are great for your metal health. Fish is another brain friendly food. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which improve your cognitive function. Nuts are also a great way to fuel your brain. Almonds, walnuts, pecans are all rich in antioxidants and promote brain health.

Exercise and laughter also play a big part of your mental health. Exercising regularly reduces the risk of health problems and keeps your brain active and sharp. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and dopamine which make you feel great naturally and help to reduce stress. It is also super important to laugh – a lot! Laughter really is the best medicine for the mind, body and soul. Laughing boosts the immune system and relieves tension in the body.

Lastly, it is important to drink a lot of water. Something so basic can be a game changer. Being dehydrated by as little as 2 percent may impair a person’s ability to perform tasks that involve attention, memory and motor skills. As a reminder, you should consume 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should consume 100 ounces of water each day. Start a hydration habit today and watch as your mental performance steadily improves.

Reaching your potential in life starts in your head! Let’s get started together.

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