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3 Ways to Support Brain Health for Back to School

People brag about being able to function on minimal sleep. However, sleep is one of the most essential components of learning. Obviously, proper sleep helps kids and parents stay focused during the day. Your child won’t be able to focus during a lecture on a subject they find boring if they are half asleep. More importantly, our brain organizes and stores memories of the previous day during sleep. A solid 8 hours of sleep will help parents stay on top of their game juggling several daily activities (drop-off/pick-up, snacks, after-school activities, etc). Cutting out TV and other screens at night will also help you and your children get more restful and uninterrupted sleep. If that is a hard habit to kick, consider using filters or settings on your screens that filter blue light.

2.Consider Nutrition, Cut out Bad Foods

The human brain is one of the most complex things in the world and it requires proper fuel to perform at its peak. You shouldn’t use coconut oil to lubricate your car’s engine or rubbing alcohol in the gas tank. Eating poorly (among other things) causes inflammation in the brain, which can create brain fog. People experiencing this inflammation have difficulties focusing, feel fatigued throughout the day, and experience short-term memory loss.  One of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of inflammation in the brain is to cut out large amounts of processed sugars like candy, pastries and frozen sweets like ice cream. It also may be wise to cut out foods containing processed seed oils, food colouring, and caffeine. If you’re looking for extra support, pairing a well-balanced diet with clinically researched supplements like Memowell will ensure you are able to stay on top of your family’s busy schedule.

3.  Train the Brain with Reading & Writing

Although the brain is not technically a muscle it has a common trait with muscles in the body; if it doesn’t get used, it becomes weaker. Watching movies and TV all day is about as good for a person’s brain as sitting on the couch is good for their body. How can we lift “brain-weights” or go for a “mind-run”? Arguably, the best activity to exercise your brain is to read. Whether fiction or nonfiction, reading is one of the only activities that uses all parts of your brain at once. Not only does reading activate neurons all over your brain, but you and your child will also be learning new ideas and dreaming up new worlds. Writing is another great way to work out the brain. Towards the end of the day, many people have trouble winding down. Thoughts about bills, assignments, social problems and personal issues can keep your mind racing late into the night. Writing down checklists, journaling, writing notes, or working on writing assignments before bed can help get those thoughts out of your mind, and it is a great way to organize your thoughts and can help with your speaking skills

Giving your kids and your family a good healthy routine will help everyone stay healthy in the long run. These changes can be gradual but need to be consistent.

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