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Three Tips for Improving Your Brain Health

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The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles and all the organs. The human brain has the same basic structure as other mammalian brains, but is larger in relation to body size than any other brains. It weighs about 3.3 lbs. (1.5 kilograms). The brain makes up about 2 percent of a human's body weight. Despite this, even at rest, the brain consumes 20% of the body's energy, about 327 calories per day! The brain consumes energy at 10 times the rate of the rest of the body per gram of tissue. The average power consumption of a typical adult is 100 Watts and the brain consumes 20% of this making the power of the brain 20 Watts, enough to light a light bulb!  

So, what are some tips to take care of this amazing organ? 


Want a Great Technique to Improve Your Memory and Recall? Start Mind Mapping! 2006 - Updated
Mind Mapping is a powerful technique that is used to improve memory and recall.  In addition to boosting their memory, people of all ages are using mind mapping to help in a number of ways, including: 1) Generating ideas; 2) Organizing thoughts or ideas;  3) Understanding course material; 4) Assisting as a revision aid; 5) Structuring coursework; 6) Engaging creativity; 7) Enhancing presentations; and 8) Having fun. Mind mapping is truly a powerful and simple tool that everyone can learn to use.
What is mind mapping? According to mind map creator, Tony Buzan, “A mind map is a visual thinking tool that can be applied to all cognitive functions, especially memory, learning, creativity and analysis. Mind mapping is a process that involves a distinct combination of imagery, color and visual-spatial arrangement. The technique maps out your thoughts using keywords that trigger associations in the brain to spark further ideas”.


Take Care of Your Heart to Take Care of Your Memory

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Over the past few years it’s become common knowledge that even though the brain makes up a small percentage of your body weight, it requires twenty percent of your blood supply to operate correctly.  As a result, the performance of your heart, the organ that pumps oxygen rich blood throughout the body, is vital to optimizing your brain health and memory.

Good heart performance and blood flow results in better memory performance and brain responsiveness.  Restricted blood flow results in increased memory struggles, increased risk of Alzheimer’s (and other forms of dementia), stroke, and even heart attack.
According to Web MD, the top risk factors for poor heart performance or heart disease include: Smoking, High LDL (“bad” cholesterol and low HDL ("good" cholesterol), Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure), Physical inactivity, Obesity, Uncontrolled diabetes, Uncontrolled stress and anger.
Here are some steps to implement to improve your heart performance, memory and brain health.


Journaling: A Powerful Tool to Help with Memory and Mental Health


A very powerful tool to help with your memory and mental health is journaling.  Writing down thoughts into a journal or diary is a skill that ties together both mental (thinking) and physical (writing) activities. That unique relationship between the hands and brain, sparked by the composition of thoughts and ideas, creates increased focus, stronger memory pods, and better cognitive recall.  

The process of Journaling is almost as old as time itself. It dates back to 10th century Japan.  Successful leaders and others have kept diaries or journals for a number of reasons including personal improvement and even for posterity sake.
In addition to improving your memory, Journaling helps in a number of other ways. According to Maude Purcell of Psych Central, additional Journaling benefits include: