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5 Foods That Boost Brain Activity

Just as we eat foods that can help keep our bodies healthy, there are foods that can improve brain activity.

Here are 5 “smart” things to eat:

  1. Orange Juice – Helps improve memory
  2. Split Peas – Helps mental processing speed
  3. Walnuts – Helps the heart as well as the brain
  4. Asparagus – Help the brain create new neural pathways
  5. Shrimp – Helps maintain the brain’s signaling system

Before You Take That Cold Medicine, Read This

As we roll into cold and flu season, many of us will be guzzling those over-the-counter remedies we think we help us cope with the symptom.

There is a potential downside. Actually there are SEVERAL potential downsides.

Acetaminophen – Many over the over pills and fluids contain this common pain reliever (the main ingredient in Tylenol). It’s also found in many cold medications. If you taking both pain relief pills and cold syrup, you may quickly find yourself consuming way more than 3,000-4,000 milligram dosage recommended as the maximum safe dosage.

Too much acetaminophen can lead to nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and ultimately to liver damage. (We don’t have to tell you that liver damage is something we want to avoid.)

Be a Romper Room Do-Bee: You should also stay away from alcohol when taking acetaminophen. And check the ingredients of all the medications you’re taking to keep yourself under that 3,000-4,000 milligram number.

When Is the Best Time to Eat?

We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.

The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.

Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:

  1. Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
  2. Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
  3. Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
  4. Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

The idea that we need less sleep as we grow older is false. Research shows 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night helps keep our brains sharp. Lack of good sleep on a consistent basis can lead to depression on even dementia!

Here are some tips to help you make it through the night:

Avoid Long Naps – If you must nap during the day, try to keep it under 30 minutes

Socks – Yes, wearing socks to keep your feet warm can actually help you sleep sounder and longer

Keep Discussion Pleasant – Try to avoid discussing topics like politics or finances that can raise your stress level in the last few hours before bedtime.

Vitamin Overdose

Few people realize that it IS possible to overdose on certain vitamins. Here's a few you might want to watch out for:

Vitamin B6: More than 100mg a day might cause nerve damage

Vitamin C: One study indicated that consuming high doses of Vitamin C increases the risk of developing kidney stones among men

Vitamin D: Taking over 10,000 IUs a day may lead to problems like loss of appetite and kidney problems

As always, consult your medical professional about any vitamins you may be taking.

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