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Promote Brain Health Through Diet


our brain is similar to that of an engine and you need the right fuel to make it work. This fuel is food. Your brain is what enables you to walk, talk, learn and remember. Doctors have been able to pinpoint many of the top foods that help to promote brain health and efficiency. These foods which are listed below also assist in maintaining a healthy diet and a balanced weight overall. Sugar, but not the kind that you will expect; the one that is produced by carbohydrates is the best kind. There needs to be a constant supply of sugar rather than a surplus, which is produced by table sugar and corn syrup. These cause a spike in energy levels which rapidly declines. Carbohydrates found in high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains causes the glucose levels to rise slowly and remain at that level for a while before it declines. Adding a high-quality protein can help keep blood and mental sharpness at most advantageous levels even longer. A breakfast packed with fruits and grains can be the best medicine for a long day. Brain cells need dietary fat and these can be found in omega-3 fatty acids. A lack of ome24

ga-3 fatty acids has been known to diminish cognitive performance. Fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, salmon, tuna and sardines, are the main components of brain synapses (connections that enables cells to communicate effectively) as well as Walnuts, flaxseed oil, soybean oil and canola oil. If these foods are not a part of your daily diet, try taking a purified omega supplement daily. Over the years, researchers have found a connection between fruits and vegetables (particularly berries) and their apparent ability to reverse agerelated brain cell deficits and improve cell-to-cell signaling. Many fruits and vegetables also contain a healthy source of phytochemicals, which could help protect the brain from free-radical damage. It should be noted that there is no miracle food that can stop age-related illnesses and that apart from a healthy and balanced diet, many people may still suffer from brain-related diseases or memory loss. The important thing to remember is that eating the right foods can assist in preventing these in the future, or can be used in connection with other methods to maintain a healthy brain.

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The Perfect Exercise


he main reason people give for not exercising as much as they should is convenience. They don’t have the time, equipment or space to get in shape. Those are more excuses than reasons because there are several options which can get you fit without having to spend a dime in a little bit of time. The prime example of one such exercise is the pushup. What could be of more benefit when trying to build strength and muscle tone than the ability to do an exercise anywhere, anytime and with no equipment necessary? You can literally drop and do a set of pushups during an ad break when watching your favourite show. Here are four fantastic benefits of doing this great exercise. Build upper body strength By progressively adding reps to your push-up set each day, you'll significantly improve your upper body strength without having to lift a ton of weight. Push-ups target the chest and shoulders, developing a strong, defined upper body. Burn Calories & Fat Pushups can be great as part of a cardio/endurance workout.

However, you’ve got to first build up enough base strength where you can do at least 40-50 nonstop. Otherwise you’ll end up exhausting your muscles before exhausting your cardiovascular system. Muscle Stretching for Health and Vitality One of the most underrated benefits of doing pushups is the stretch it provides to your biceps and back muscles. As you lower yourself to the floor, your back muscles are effectively stretched, and as you push yourself to the starting position your biceps obtain a full stretch. This not only improves your flexibility, which helps prevent injuries, but a well-stretched muscle features a solid and attractive appearance. A Strong Core If you're looking for chiseled abs and a strong core, then push-ups might just be the perfect starting point. By core, we mean the abdominal section, waist, side of the waist and everything right down to the pelvis. Strong core muscles allow you to do physical activities with ease, help with back problems and maintain good posture.

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