Increasing brain power

“The brain is always hungry,” said Master Herbalist and Nutritionist Darlene Hopkins of Hooker who then proceeded to give ways to feed your brain in a healthy manner, enriching your memory and other brain powers.Hopkins went on to give healthy suggestions to help your brain and memory. Some of the proteins that promote a healthy mind are eggs, mature beans, raw and unsalted sunflower seeds, flax seed, and more. Although she did suggest that you not eat nuts after 2 pm and that you chew them well.Good, healthy carbohydrates that you need can include bananas, avocados, potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, raisins, grapes, and apple, among others.It is important to have copper, zinc, and manganese, which work together for the body. Omega 3 fatty acids are also very important and good for the brain. Two common sources of this is fish oil and flaxseed oil.Berries, especially blueberries, spinach, grapes and whole grains are considered by many to be antioxidants that help the brain.The vitamins are all very important to our health. B1, thiamine, helps to break down sugars in the body and is sometimes thought to be helpful to those who are slow of mind. Common sources of it includes wheat germ, brewers yeast, carrots, peas, bran, and spinach.Riboflavin, or B2, plays a key role in energy metabolism, and for the metabolism of fats, ketone bodies, carbohydrates, and proteins. Milk, cheese, leaf vegetables, liver, kidneys, legumes, yeast, mushrooms, and almonds[3] are good sources of vitamin B2, but exposure to light destroys riboflavin.Hopkins proceeded to give more vitamins and minerals and the foods that contained them that are important to the health of the mind and body. She then stressed that stress can kill brain cells and physical exercise is very helpful for brain functions. You should exercise for 20 minutes at least three times a week. She also enforced the importance of keeping your cells hydrated, so you must drink water.The class received a handout citing Dr. Arnold Bresky, M.D., who says new brain cells grown and will build our cognitive reserve at any age. It stated “studies are confirming that people who stay active, live purposefu lives, challenge their brains and continue to set goals, can build a cognitive reserve that will keep them from showing normal signs of memory loss.This doctor has a “Brain Tune Up Nine Point System” that includes:#1 is “Fun and Laughter” and he says nine laughs a day are recommended, avoid depression which kills brain cells.#2 is is “Relaxation, Meditation and Prayer” and he states you should find a bit of time each day to relax and unwind, that it is urgent to relieve stress.#3 is “Music Therapy” because listening to music alters brain patterns in a good way.#4 Is “Sleep” because during sleep the brain heals itself and memories form.#5 is “Physical Exercise,” which is good for the body and mind and creating new brain cells.#6 is “Eating Plan” and he says the Mediterranean diet is good for keeping cholesterol, blood pressure, insulin and blood sugar at good levels plus being good for the brain. The diet is listed later.#7 is “Hydration” because water is the most important nutrient in our body.#8 are “Brain Exercises and Art” for the reason that mental and social activities boost memory function and may build the brain’s cognitive reserve.#9 is “Acts of Kindness” and he says you should practice an act of kindness every day, it can have a huge impact on your brain health.The Mediterranean diet empasizes:•Getting plenty of exercise;•Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts;•Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil;•Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods;•Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month;•Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week;•Drinking red wine in moderation (optional); and•The diet also recognizes the importance of enjoying meals with family and friends.Hopkins taught the Memory class recently as a part of the Main Street Epic Saturday classes and she plans to offer additional classes in the near future. She is also teaching classes through the OPSU Guymon Classroom. For more information, contact Melyn at 338-6246 or cooperative effort between Epic PCS and Main Street Guymon, Epic Saturdays is a year-long calendar of events and activities from athletic and active to educational and entertaining using the Main Street approach to revitalize a traditional commercial district.