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The Progressive Professional… A Guide for Quality Living – November 2018

Welcome to November – sorry, October got away from me – too many great outdoor activities and scenes to enjoy!

Last month, with a focus on brain health, I provided many ideas on how to avoid memory loss and preserve brain health. There are many influencers on brain health and the more you know, the more you are likely to nurture your brain and thus reduce your chances for dementia or Alzheimer’s. This month I thought I would drill down to a deeper level on some things you can do to preserve brain health.

In the last newsletter I mentioned getting up and moving – getting exercise can truly help your brain. “I have no energy” is a common excuse. That’s just the reason you need to move! Here are some additional energy boosters that will help you on the path to moving more and getting that vital exercise your body needs.

  1. Find something that makes you laugh – that’s right, humor creates energy. Whether it is reading a joke book, watching funny videos, making your pet do stupid tricks, or observing others doing silly things – laughter boosts energy and actually makes you feel better.
  2. Grab a glass of water. Yes, even mild dehydration can cause you to feel sluggish, fatigued and crabby. Lack of hydration can also cause you to think that cognitive tasks are more difficult than they really are. This means you will check things off your “to-do” list at a slower rate and things will seem harder than they really are. Water also helps your body in a lot of other ways – it benefits your muscles, joints, and heart health, and is imperative to keep you alert! So drink up!
  3. Here’s a really easy, yet odd one – peppermint. Simply smelling peppermint (think a small bottle of essential oil or diffuser), often enhances memory, alertness and even physical performance – all by sniffing
  4. Get a cup of coffee. A 2017 study, Coffee Drinking and Mortality in 10 European Countries: A Multinational Cohort Study showed that coffee drinkers may actually have longer lives because of the antioxidants in coffee. One thing to watch – don’t drink coffee too late in the day as it can interfere with your sleep.
  5. Grab a healthy snack – forget the chips and candy bars! Consider something with protein and fiber. These will digest slower, won’t spike your blood sugar (often the culprit in afternoon drops in energy), and, will leave you feeling satisfied longer. Some examples – hummus and whole-wheat crackers or carrots, or a piece of fruit and a handful of almonds. Cucumbers and watermelon also provide more water for hydration.
  6. Go outside! Studies have found that embracing nature and being outside can boost vitality. The sights and sounds of nature provide a calming impact on our mind and body while also delivering some Vitamin D. The benefits can help your energy levels even if you’re stuck in the office or house all day. A 2015 study from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that playing nature sounds (for example, think flowing stream), in an inside environment can lead to increased productivity

See, it’s not too hard. Pick a couple of the above and boost your energy and productivity. You’ll feel better and everyone around you will benefit also.

Till next month, hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving – eat sensibly throughout the holiday season, and I’ll talk to you again in December!