Do you ever consider the health of your brain? If yes, what is it you consider. If no…you might want to take some time to do so for your brain’s health.
The brain according to Dr. Daniel Amen, is the “hardware of your soul.” It requires special attention and yet often receives the least, unless there is an issue such as stroke or Alzheimer’s Disease. The good news is we don’t have to wait to learn there is an issue with our brain, we can do many things right now to improve brain function and health….and it does not take a rocket scientist to make these changes.
Dr. Amen tells us that even if we are genetically predisposed to disease such as Alzheimer’s Disease it does not mean we will experience it. There are many things we can do each day to keep our brains healthy.
The following 10 tips will greatly improve your memory, alertness and overall brain health:
1) Get that 8 hours of sleep you dream about
2) Keep to a great diet that includes fresh foods such as assorted vegetables and fruits, foods rich in omega 3 and whole grains while reducing sugar, processed foods and animal proteins.
3) Surround yourself with positive people who support you
4) Learn something new…often
5) Exercise for 20-30 minutes a day, (take a walk during lunch)
6) Maintain a healthy weight for your body
7) Drink green tea
8) Learn to manage and reduce your stress
9) Start and/or end your day with a moment of gratitude
10) Enjoy nature and fresh air often
Here is a nice recipe for better brain health. Add some short grain brown rice and steamed kale to this and WOW!
Orange Pan – Glazed Tempeh
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 Teaspoons tamari (or shoyu)
1 ½ Tablespoon mirin
2 Teaspoons maple syrup
½ Teaspoon ground coriander
2 small cloves garlic, crushed
10 ounces tempeh (or extra firm tofu)
2 Tablespoons olive oil (use light as extra virgin will smoke)
Optional – cilantro
Squeeze juice and place it in a small bowl.
Grate the ginger over the bowl making sure to add the juice.
Mix together the tamari, mirin, maple syrup, ground coriander and garlic. Set aside this mixture.
Cut the tempeh (or tofu) into bite size pieces (if working with tofu, pat dry and then cut up)
Heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
Add the tempeh and sautee for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Pout the orange juice over the tempeh and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes until the sauce has reduced to a nice glaze.
Make sure to turn the tempeh while the sauce reduces to prevent sticking.
Serve the tempeh with grain side dish. Drizzle the remaining tamari sauce mixture over the top.
Add lime juice and cilantro if desired.
Take time to take care of your brain and body for you!
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh