Having difficulty with your thinking? Eat some nuts and berries. Nuts are an excellent source of omega omega-3 fatty acids and berries are loaded with antioxidants. These nutrients are good for the brain and help us think better. All nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and peanuts) and berries (blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, red raspberries, and strawberries), as well as grapes are beneficial. Therefore, you can eat your favorite. Just a handful of nuts and is all you need. As for the berries, stick with fresh or frozen. Dried berries tend to have added sugar. So, take care of your brain and add more nuts and berries into your daily diet!
Does yoga help your brain? When stress levels rise, you tense up, your heart races, and your attention shifts. This shift to “fight or flight” mode is automatic, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of your control. Yoga teaches you to gain control over your, movement, breathing, and mind with the aim of turning on the body’s “relaxation response”. When the body is relaxed your brain can function better. Just 20-minutes of yoga may help you think better. So the next time your head’s feeling foggy, consider skipping the energy drink and go for a yoga class instead!
Free Yoga Classes: Many local Affiliates of Susan G. Komen offer free Yoga classes. Click here to find Komen in your area. For those of you in the greater Birmingham area, the North Central Alabama Affiliate hosts yoga every Monday night for survivors and co-survivors at 6:00 pm. Call 205-263-1700 for more details.
Find a Yoga Class Near You: For those of you who may not live near a local Komen office, YogaFinder.com can help you locate a yoga class near you.
A recent study by Columbia University showed that flavanols, which is a component in cacao, can reverse memory loss. So, what is cacao? Well, cacao is a bean and the main ingredient in chocolate. But, don’t rush out and load up on candy bars for brain power. Due to the processing of the cacao beans, candy bars contain very little flavanol and are loaded with sugar and fat. Instead try raw cacao beans, nibs and powder which are unprocessed, therefore retain a high amount of flavanols, and taste delicious. You can find these products in most grocery stores, health food stores, or online.
If you are experiencing cognitive changes you do not have to suffer alone. Talk to your healthcare provider. Together you can come up with a plan to improve your brain health and cognition.
Things to talk to your health care provider about:
forgetting things, unable to concentrate, foggy headed, difficulty at work
Lack of Sleep
less then 7 hours of sleep a night or disturbed sleep
feeling blue, down in the dumps, difficulty getting out of bed
prescriptions, over the counter, vitamins, supplements, herbs
testing of your attention, memory, and speed of thinking
brain exercises to improve your brain health and cognition
Find out how you can participate in an ongoing “Brain Training” research study
“Chemobrain”, or mental fogginess, can happen before, during, or after treatment for cancer. While the cause isn’t always known exactly, many people blame chemotherapy for this problem. While that may be the case, many other factors can play a role as well. Continue reading What is “ChemoBrain”?