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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 26

Have a Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are full of healthy nutrients including protein, zinc, magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids.  They are known to be helpful for your brain and can also help you have a better night’s sleep.  You can eat them as a snack, add to granola, bake with them and more.  Take a look at the following recipes care of Bon Appetit to help you find ways to incorporate these super-seeds into your diet.

Bon Appetit:  Pumpkins, These 30 Recipes Are Just Using You for Your Seeds

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

 

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 25

Know the Signs of a Concussion

Did you know that 33% of people report to have experienced a concussion? The most common causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents and sports. The symptoms of a concussion, and the long-term impact can often be life-altering.  Do you know the signs and symptoms?  The following video by Dr. Mike Evans gives a great overview that is simple and easy to understand.  It provides parents and children with vital information about how concussions occur, the symptoms of a concussion, and some guidelines for recovery.

 

Take a look and also view our OT-V episode, Managing a Concussion, below to learn more.

Remember, a concussion is a serious injury and requires treatment and rest to ensure the brain recovers properly, ensure you speak to your Family Doctor and consult an Occupational Therapist if you or your child has suffered a head injury.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 24

Take a Hike — Literally!

It’s June– the weather is warmer and trees are in full bloom.  This is the time of year to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  And what better way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical and boost your brain than by taking a hike!  Take a look at a previous post from our blog, Take a Hike- Your Brain will Thank You, to learn more about how a walk in the woods can boost your brain.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 23

Eat Your Omega’s

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be beneficial for the health of your brain as they can help to boost your mood, improve memory and reduce cognitive decline.  Fish, especially salmon, is very high in omega-3’s, but if you are not a fish eater don’t worry, there are alternate sources.  Take a look at the following from Reader’s Digest to learn about some other sources of this brain boosting fatty acid.

Reader’s Digest:  Dislike Fish? 7 Ways to Eat More Omega-3 Foods

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 22

Safety 1st – Check your Home for Safety Hazards

One of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy brain is to protect it from injury.  Brain Injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and in Canada, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is more common than breast cancer, spinal cord injury, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis (MS) combined.

Check out our previous blog,  An Ounce of Prevention, to learn helpful ways to prevent injury at home, on the road and at play.  Also view our OT-V video, Fall Prevention, below to learn how to make your home a safer place.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 21

Learn Something New

Neurons in our brain have the ability to physically change themselves when faced with new experiences. This ability is called neuroplasticity. As we are exposed to new areas, tasks, information or experiences, neural pathways are formed and existing ones are reshaped. This will continue throughout our entire lives as we learn. So today we encourage you to learn about something new.  Pick a topic that interests you, or has always boggled your mind and spend a good 10 minutes learning more about it.  To go the extra mile commit to learning a new skill such as playing an instrument, a language, or knitting.

Learn more about the brain and how it is changed when you learn something new in the following care of The Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post:  What Happens to Your Brain When You Learn Something New

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 20

Enjoy Some Blueberries

Blueberries can be enjoyed in many different ways — add a cup to your oatmeal, cereal, smoothie or simply enjoy them on their own.  These delicious berries pack of punch of vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants which are extremely beneficial to the health of your brain.  Learn more about how blueberries boost your brain in the following care of Registered Dietitian Shannon Crocker.

Shannon Crocker:  Should You Be Eating Blueberries for Your Brain?

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 19

Have a Tech-Free Evening

Smart phones, tablets, computers, television, video games… technology is everywhere.  At home, at schools, in the workplace and in our pockets at all times.  Society is expressing much concern about the detrimental effects from children being too attached to devices.  Have you ever stopped to realize that this constant connection to technology is harming adults as well?   Take a look at the following from Psychology Today to learn how too much tech time is harming our brains.  So today, and regularly, remember to power down.

Psychology Today:  Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

If your family struggles with shutting down check out our previous post, Too Much Screen Time?  We’ve Got Solutions, to learn some solutions to power down.

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

 

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 18

Let’s Get Physical!

Daily physical activity is important at any age for the entire body and especially the brain.  Studies have shown aerobic exercise to help improve memory, boost mental health and reduce cognitive decline.  Take a look at the following from Reader’s Digest to learn more about the benefits of aerobic activity for your brain.

Reader’s Digest:  6 Ways Exercise Makes Your Brain Better

Not sure where to start?  Try something that gets you moving that will fit your lifestyle, age and abilities.   Suggestions include:

–         Power walking
–         Jogging / running
–         Bicycling
–         Interval training
–         Swimming
–         Playing tennis
–         Dancing
–         Zumba

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.

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30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge: Day 17

Eat Your Beets!

This versatile veggie is available year-round and can be eaten in many ways.  Beets are very high in helpful vitamins, minerals, and nitrates which help increase blood flow to the brain.  We encourage you to add beets into your daily diet mix.

Learn more about the benefits of beets in the following care of Best Health Magazine.

Best Health Magazine:  Nutrition: Beets for the brain

Be sure to join the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge, complete each day’s activity and let us know your progress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month and in recognition Solutions for Living is introducing the 30 Day Healthy Brain Challenge. We challenge you to complete these 30 simple activities and tips which when incorporated into your lifestyle can help improve memory, boost mental health, prevent brain injury and reduce cognitive decline.