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5 Foods To Boost Your Brain Power

Eating doesn’t only lighten your mood and strengthen your muscles but it can also boost your brain and improve your cognitive performance. Adding brain-friendly foods to your diet can sharpen your thinking, clear your memory, and help you learn new skills faster. These brain foods are known for increasing blood flow throughout the body, meaning your brain and your heart can benefit from these healthy snacks as well. So start eating smart by incorporating these power foods into your regular menu.

1. Curry

Not only does this spicy dish clear your sinuses but it can also clear out your brain. Turmeric, the fiery spice that makes curry that yellow-hot colour, is also responsible for clearing plaque out of your brain. Amyloid plaques, the protein buildups thought to be responsible for causing Alzheimer’s in some patients, affect the physical structure of the brain tissue and can disrupt brain function depending on how rampant the buildup is. By eating curry, you can break down the plaque buildup and keep your brain refreshed and functioning.

2. Sage

If you’ve ever used sage to add to your soup or salad dressing, you know how fragrantly wonderful this herb smells. But did you know that sage also has anti-inflammatory qualities that can help enhance your memory and improve your overall brain health? Sage has been shown to improve memory recall. Sage is also an incredibly versatile herb, which you can to add flavour to hearty soups, create sage butter sauces, and even make into ice cream.

3. Berries

Blueberries are among the most essential foods when it comes to boosting your brain power, but strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries all come with their own health-related perks. Studies have shown that cranberries can help patients revive brain functioning after mild to moderate strokes. Strawberries work to counteract age-related cognitive decline, and raspberries are rich in fibre to help strengthen the brain, reduce cholesterol, and lower your blood pressure. In fact, all berries are stock full of antioxidants, and recent studies are finding that these antioxidants can actually improve communication between neurons in the brain.

4. Beets

The betalains in the beet are what give them the juicy, purple colour, but for your body, these nutrients act as detoxifiers and anti-inflammatories. Beets are also rich in natural nitrates that can work to improve memory and cognitive functioning. The nitrates help dilate your blood vessels, increasing blood flow to your brain in order to help you improve your memory retention. Beets are some of the most diverse vegetables in the food pyramid. You can pair them with other veggies by adding them in your salads or bulk up your fruit smoothies by blending them into the mix. If memory loss is one of your major health concerns, eat more beets and other foods that will work to strengthen your memory.

 

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are excellent for your brain health, primarily because they contain lycopene and beta-carotene. They are antioxidants that help eliminate free radicals, which are the main cause of inflammation in your brain and occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. If you don’t like eating tomatoes on their own, try cooking tomato soup or slow-cooked tomato sauce to get your healthy dose of antioxidants.   While these top five foods will boost your brain power and cognitive performance, it is important to discuss with your doctor what kind of dietary changes are most healthy for you. If you have existing heart conditions, cognitive disorders, or mood disorders, some of these power foods can cause complications. Eat smart by researching which foods are best for your diet and how you can boost your cognitive functioning in the healthiest way possible.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in 2014, Lifestyle

 

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10 Best Essential Oils for Women’s Health

Essential oils have made a difference in women’s health for centuries and, whether you realize it or not, they are all around us. When you walk through a field of flowers, enjoy the shade of a tree or squeeze the juice from a citrus fruit, you’re enjoying the benefits of essential oils. They are found in plants, roots, seeds, flowers, bark and fruit.

Consult this guide for the 10 best essential oils for women’s health, and tips on how to incorporate them into your everyday life. You’ll also want to be sure to familiarize yourself with the oil you use and make sure the oil is safe for consumption or topical application. Here are our picks for the best essential oils for women.

10 Best Essential Oils for Women's Health | Henry Happened

1. CLARY SAGE

  • anti-depressant
  • soothing properties
  • beneficial during women’s menstrual cycles and mood swings, eases discomfort

Everyday use: You can add a few drops into an epsom-salt bath or, if the oil is labeled safe for topical use, you can massage a few drops directly onto your abdomen to ease cramps and discomfort.

2. LEMON

  • energizing and de-stressing properties
  • wonderful for cleaning and cooking

Everyday use: I add a drop of lemon essential oil into a glass of cold water each day. It is so refreshing, and I believe it is the reason I have been able to stay so healthy the last few months.

3. LAVENDER

  • reduces stress and calms nerves
  • helps with sleeping problems
  • aids with skin irritations

Everyday use: This is probably the most-used oil in our home. We diffuse it aromatically before bedtime, add it to our baths, and apply it to the soles of our feet before bed.

4. GERANIUM

  • balances oil
  • aids with skin irritation
  • conditions skin

Everyday use: Add a drop to your facial or body moisturizer, and to your shampoo or conditioner to help balance oil production and moisturize your skin.

5. BASIL

  • soothes sore and tired muscles
  • can be used in cooking
  • helps memory function and focus
  • soothes insect bites

Everyday use: Apply directly to an insect bite or sting, and if you are feeling sore from an extra hard workout, add a few drops into a massage oil and massage tired muscles.

6. WILD ORANGE

  • invigorating, mood lifter

Everyday use: Add a few drops into your body scrub and feel refreshed and awake as you step out of the shower each day.

7. OREGANO

  • purifying
  • boosts immunity
  • helps with digestive and respiratory function

Everyday use: You can diffuse oregano aromatically to purify the air, or add a drop into a teaspoon of honey to soothe a sore throat.

8. MELALEUCA (TEA TREE)

  • contributes to healthy skin and nails
  • antibacterial

Everyday use: Add a few drops to your laundry detergent for its antibacterial benefits.

9. FRANKINCENSE

  • mood lifter
  • helps with skin injuries and irritation

Everyday use: Add a drop to your moisturizer if you have sensitive skin or diffuse it aromatically for a boost in mood.

10. GINGER

  • aids digestion
  • helps eliminate motion sickness, nausea
  • alleviates joint discomfort

Everyday use: Apply a drop to the bottom of your feet after a meal to help aid digestion, or add a drop to a glass of water to take internally.

 
 

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