Heaven High and Happy Tuesday!
Today I want to talk to you about mental clarity and how you can obtain it. There are many things that you can do to boost your mental clarity. What do I mean when I say “mental clarity”? By “mental clarity” I mean that your brain is functioning well, smoothly, and at its best.
Do you ever get that “fuzzy” feeling? I do not mean that fuzzy feeling where you have not shaved in a few weeks. I mean that “brain-fuzzy” feeling where you cannot concentrate on anything and you feel kind of “out of it”. If you are feeling this way, then you don’t have good mental clarity.
In order to keep your brain in tip-top shape, make sure that you are doing the things listed below.
Get some sleep! Sleep is the time when your brain and body recharges. While our minds do not fully disengage when we “sack out” for the night, it does calm down a bit. It is no longer taking in information, now it is time to process that information unconsciously.
Drink plenty of water. Water is essential for keeping your brain (and body) hydrated. Did you know that your brain is nearly 80% water? If you do not keep your brain properly hydrated, parts of your brain could suffer damage and you could begin to hallucinate. That is one of the symptoms of extreme dehydration. Hopefully none of you are at that stage. You should do yourself (and your brain) a favor and drink some water. While there is no magic number for how much water you should drink, there is a formula.
For every 100 pounds that you weigh, you should drink about 50 ounces of water each day. You will need to drink half of your body weight. If you are doing some extreme exercising or keeping active, you will want to tack on extra water. If you are drinking caffeinated beverages (like coffee), then you should drink two cups of water for ever cup of caffeine.
Keep your mind active. You have to keep learning new things and keeping your brain active. Look at reading and learning new things like exercise for your brain. If you do not exercise, your muscles become flabby and do not work as well, right? Well, if you do not exercise your brain, it will not work as well either.
Give it a rest every day. I am not talking about sleep either. I am talking about reflection. Take about fifteen minutes to half an hour each day (preferably at the end of your day) to sit back and reflect on all of the events that just passed. This is a way for your brain to consciously sift through all of that information. It is good for you and it is good for your brain.
Give it the right vitamins. The best vitamins for your brain are E, B-12, folate, B6, and magnesium. Right now, all of those consonants and numbers may just sound like we are playing a game of “Bingo” or “Battleship”, right. Well, let me help you put it in perspective.
You can find vitamin E in things like sunflower oil, whole grain flour, green leafy veggies, and almonds. You can find B 12 in meats like beef, pork, and fish (which can be worrisome for vegetarians). You can get folate from beans, dark leafy veggies, lentils, and fruits. B6 comes from bell peppers, dark leafy greens (like kale and mustard greens), garlic, and tuna. You can get magnesium from nuts, seeds, and dark leafy greens too. Are you seeing a pattern? Eat more kale and veggies, their good for your brain.
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Well, until next time! B BOP!