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Q: How can I keep my brain healthy?

Posted July 23, 2014 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: You may not have thought about it before, but your brain is the central computer that runs your body. When your brain is healthy, your body gets good direction and you have good health. But if your brain gets stressed, your body starts to suffer. So what can you do to keep your brain healthy?

• Get enough sleep. Sleep gives your brain a chance to recover from the day’s work, to replenish energy and to prepare for the next healthy day.

• Eat a brain-healthy diet. Examples of good brain foods are blueberries, avocadoes, nuts and seeds, carrots, spinach, sage, eggs, flax, salmon, curry, broccoli, olives and, of course, water. Foods that stress your brain are fried foods, salty foods, fatty foods, sugary foods, processed foods, alcohol and artificial sweeteners.

• Do something to de-stress emotionally. Examples are exercise, meditation, prayer, breathing, yoga, massage, or any practice that relieves your stress. Make it a regular habit or include several approaches to keep it interesting.

ª Get a checkup from a doctor of chiropractic. Latest research shows that chiropractic care reduces brain stress.

When your brain is healthy, your body can regulate and heal itself.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.

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