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Smarter Health: Boost Your Brainpower!
July 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Fuzzy. An oft-used adjective referring to your hubby's non-shaven cheek, an Angora sweater or that famous bear with no hair of rhyming lore. But fuzzy can sometimes be used to described how your brain is feeling - especially after late-night feedings or the five a.m. wakeup call to bake cupcakes for the band fundraiser...or week after week of constant work/mommy/wife/life clutter in that mental space.

What's a mom to do? Boost that brainpower by doing any or all of the ideas below. You'll thank me later (and actually remember to do so!).

Sleep - A-number-one way to clear the cobwebs is to give the brain time to rest, to chill, to recharge. Rev that brain engine with sleep. I know, I know, easier said than done, but getting a consistent good night's sleep or taking catnaps through the day is vital for brain function.

Exercise - Study after study shows that when you exercise something happens in our bodies to get brain cells and neurons working again. Even 15 minutes a day of walking or jumping rope or doing some speed yoga moves can help.

Feed your tummy with brain food - Shovel those Omega-3s onto the plate, folks. Fish (think salmon, trout, tuna, halibut), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed oil all have the essential fatty acid needed to catapult the cranium into a new level of function.

Feed you brain with fun - Do some puzzles, word games, Sudoku. Play Angry Birds or Words With Friends. Read a book. All of it will give your brain some energy juice.

How do you keep that mind sharp? Do you love puzzles? How about fish?

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Replies

  • jerzeetomato
    July 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Not so crazy about fish - love puzzles!  I get my omega-3s in nuts and flaxseed and tuna (my  one fish "love").  I do find that when I take a morning walk - my mind is much more focused for the rest of the day!

  • Jukebox_Jenny
    July 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
    I do all of those things!
  • slw123
    by slw123
    July 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

     I read, sleep, and exercise =)

  • sweetpea1269
    July 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM
    I could use some sleep, I'm definitely fuzzy headed lately from lack of sleep!
  • malexander2009
    July 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I have yet to find something that works I have 3 little ones under 2.

  • othermom
    July 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Great info

  • Madelaine
    July 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Good article!  I try to keep sharp by reading and doing puzzles.

  • elasmimi
    July 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I play so much words with friends, my brain must be very energized! Bridge is also good for keeping your brain sharp!