Proactive Steps to Protect Your Brain By Managing Stress

April is National Stress Management Month, and there’s no better time to prioritize good stress management techniques, especially if you’re concerned about:

  • Maintaining a healthy brain
  • Your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Your risk of dementia.

In this blog, we’ll explore the profound benefits of managing stress for brain health and why it’s crucial to take proactive steps to protect your cognitive well-being.

The Brain and Stress: A Complex Relationship

Before diving into the benefits of stress management, it’s essential to understand the connection between stress and brain health. Stress is a natural response to life’s challenges, but when it becomes chronic and overwhelming, it can wreak havoc on your brain.

Prolonged stress can lead to:

  • inflammation
  • structural changes in the brain
  • an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Benefits of Good Stress Management for Brain Health

1. Reduced Risk of Cognitive Decline

One of the most compelling reasons to prioritize stress management is its potential to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Chronic stress has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. By managing stress effectively, you can potentially lower your risk of these debilitating conditions.

2. Improved Memory and Cognitive Function

Stress can impair memory and cognitive function, making it harder to concentrate, remember things, and solve problems. Implementing stress management techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, or exercise can help improve these cognitive functions, ensuring that your brain stays sharp as you age.

3. Enhanced Mood and Emotional Well-being

Chronic stress can take a toll on your mental health, increasing the risk of conditions like depression and anxiety. By managing stress, you can experience a significant boost in your mood and emotional well-being. This not only benefits your mental health but also your cognitive function.

4. Better Sleep

Quality sleep is essential for brain health. Stress often disrupts sleep patterns, which can, in turn, affect your cognitive abilities. Effective stress management can lead to better sleep, allowing your brain to rest and regenerate, and promoting optimal cognitive function.

5. Increased Resilience

Stress management techniques help build resilience, enabling you to cope with life’s challenges more effectively. A resilient mind is less susceptible to the detrimental effects of stress and is better equipped to adapt to new situations, reducing the overall impact on brain health.

Proactive Steps for Brain Health

April being National Stress Management Month is a perfect opportunity to take proactive steps to protect your brain health. Here are some practical ways to get started:

1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

A well-balanced diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your brain from the damaging effects of stress and inflammation. Please enjoy this STRESS-BUSTING, BRAIN-BOOSTING recipe that is easy to make and oh-so-delicious!

 

2. Regular Exercise

Physical activity is not only good for your body but also for your brain. Exercise releases endorphins, reduces stress hormones, and enhances cognitive function.

3. Get Sufficient Sleep 

Prioritize good sleep hygiene to ensure that your brain gets the rest it needs to function optimally.  If you missed last month’s blog on Good Sleep Hygiene, you can find it here.

4. Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been proven to reduce stress and promote overall well-being. It can be a powerful tool for calming your mind and reducing the cognitive impact of stress.

5. Seek Support

Don’t hesitate to seek support when needed. Talking to a therapist, counselor, or joining a support group can provide you with effective coping strategies and emotional relief.

Conclusion

Remember, it’s never too early, or too late, to start managing your stress. Your brain health is too precious to neglect. By taking these steps to manage stress effectively, you’ll be proactive in protecting your cognitive well-being and reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. So, this National Stress Management Month, make a commitment to your brain health and embrace the power of stress management. Your brain will thank you for it in the years to come.

If you’d like to fall down the rabbit hole and read some research on stress and brain health, I’ve included it for you right here.

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Written by Dr. Becky

Dr Becky is a retired functional medicine practitioner; daughter to parents who both died of Alzheimer’s; and now an Alzheimer’s Prevention Advocate, because an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

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Better Brain Tip #56: 'Eat' Your Water For Optimal Hydration Levels In The Summer

The Journal from American College of Nutrition posted some research stating that being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor skills and immediate memory skills. So, since we're diving headlong into the summer season, now's the time to minimize your risk of dehydration.
Dehydration is problematic for EVERYONE. However, the consequences are more severe for people who are 50+ years old or 10 years old and younger. 
So, what's your plan to avoid dehydration? 
If you know you're going to be spending lots of time outdoors, start with a plan.
It can be as easy as carrying a small bottle of trace minerals with you. Add 6-8 drops of these minerals into each bottle of water that you're drinking throughout the day. 
Or, if you want a fun bit of flavor, you can make the homemade electrolyte drink below. It's super easy to make and will pack a powerful punch against your risk of dehydration. 
Now, enjoy your summer and soak up that Vitamin D. 🙂
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Recipe for homemade electrolyte drink:
LEMON-LIME FLAVOR
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup filtered water  
1 cup coconut water
(or 2 cups filtered water)
⅛ teaspoon sea salt (I like the brand REAL Salt)
2 teaspoons to 1.5 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup or organic raw sugar)

ORANGE FLAVOR
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup filtered water  
1 cup coconut water
(or 2 cups filtered water)
⅛ teaspoon sea salt (I like the brand REAL Salt)
2 teaspoons to 1.5 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup or organic raw sugar)

INSTRUCTIONS
 
Put all ingredients for lemon-lime flavor in blender and blend for 5-6 seconds.
Do the same for the orange flavor, too.
(Or, you can put all the ingredients in a large glass jar, with lid, and shake all ingredients together)
Divide each flavor into two 16 oz glass jars (Mason or Ball) - 4 jars in total
Will keep for 7-10 days in fridge.
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Do you want a FREE meal plan, loaded with brain-boosting foods plus optimal levels of protein and fiber each day?
Head over to my website for your Free Better Brain Meal Plan:
www.AlzProgram.com
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Do you want to take a deeper-dive into improving your brain health?
Please join me on a FREE 3-Day Better Brain Mini-Course. 
It is On-line and Self-Guided
Each day, for 3 days, you'll get an email with a specific brain-training lesson.
Looking forward to seeing you 'in class'.
https://holisticalzheimersprevention.com/free-mini-course/
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#brainhealth #thevillages #alzheimersprevention

The Journal from American College of Nutrition posted some research stating that being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor skills and immediate memory skills. So, since we're diving headlong into the summer season, now's the time to minimize your risk of dehydration.
Dehydration is problematic for EVERYONE. However, the consequences are more severe for people who are 50+ years old or 10 years old and younger.
So, what's your plan to avoid dehydration?
If you know you're going to be spending lots of time outdoors, start with a plan.
It can be as easy as carrying a small bottle of trace minerals with you. Add 6-8 drops of these minerals into each bottle of water that you're drinking throughout the day.
Or, if you want a fun bit of flavor, you can make the homemade electrolyte drink below. It's super easy to make and will pack a powerful punch against your risk of dehydration.
Now, enjoy your summer and soak up that Vitamin D. 🙂
=================================================================

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Recipe for homemade electrolyte drink:
LEMON-LIME FLAVOR
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup filtered water
1 cup coconut water
(or 2 cups filtered water)
⅛ teaspoon sea salt (I like the brand REAL Salt)
2 teaspoons to 1.5 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup or organic raw sugar)

ORANGE FLAVOR
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup filtered water
1 cup coconut water
(or 2 cups filtered water)
⅛ teaspoon sea salt (I like the brand REAL Salt)
2 teaspoons to 1.5 tablespoons raw honey (or maple syrup or organic raw sugar)

INSTRUCTIONS

Put all ingredients for lemon-lime flavor in blender and blend for 5-6 seconds.
Do the same for the orange flavor, too.
(Or, you can put all the ingredients in a large glass jar, with lid, and shake all ingredients together)
Divide each flavor into two 16 oz glass jars (Mason or Ball) - 4 jars in total
Will keep for 7-10 days in fridge.
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Please join me for a FREE Live online Zoom event in June. Click here for the details:
https://youtu.be/tfdMEaVu-jQ
=================================================================

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Do you want a FREE meal plan, loaded with brain-boosting foods plus optimal levels of protein and fiber each day?
Head over to my website for your Free Better Brain Meal Plan:
www.AlzProgram.com
=================================================================

=================================================================
Do you want to take a deeper-dive into improving your brain health?
Please join me on a FREE 3-Day Better Brain Mini-Course.
It is On-line and Self-Guided
Each day, for 3 days, you'll get an email with a specific brain-training lesson.
Looking forward to seeing you 'in class'.
https://holisticalzheimersprevention.com/free-mini-course/
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#brainhealth #thevillages #alzheimersprevention

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