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This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier

This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier

What if I told you there is a way to increase productivity, lessen stress, improve your health with exercise, and look better every day? Would you be willing to try it?

According to Women’s Health, “A growing body of research demonstrates that early risers have advantages when it comes to their energy levels, moods, and workout habits.”

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All you have to do is get up an hour earlier every morning. I know, I know—you aren’t an early riser or maybe you aren’t getting enough sleep as it is. However, once you experience the benefits of rising early, you will see it’s worth the effort, even if you aren’t naturally an early riser. And, you can start going to bed earlier so that getting up earlier isn’t so hard.

The NIH offers Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep. In their article, they assert that it’s important to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. So, let’s look at the positive benefits of getting up an hour earlier every day. Once your body gets use to this rhythm, getting up will be easier.

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1. You’ll be mentally prepared

When you know you have time on your side, your brain can slow down and stop racing. You will have time to plan out your day and organize your thoughts. You can visualize what your day will be like and mentally prepare yourself for what kind of day you will have. You start your day with dominion, instead of feeling harried and mentally disorganized.

2. You’ll get your exercise in

There’s nothing worse than having a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you know you haven’t done something yet. When you know you are getting up earlier to exercise, you can lay out your clothes for your workout the night before and have a plan for what exercise to do. When you wake up with time on your side, you can grab your workout clothes and get your exercise done before your day gets away from you.

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3. You’ll be able to actually eat breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When we are in a hurry and don’t time have time for breakfast, we might grab something unhealthy or skip breakfast and go hungry. Being up earlier allows time to eat a good breakfast, which could have a positive effect on your whole day—not to mention the energy you’ll get from having a good breakfast.

4. You won’t have to fight the crowds

If you commute to work, traffic gets busier as the morning goes on. It’s much less stressful to drive early in the morning when there’s less traffic. It’s the same for if you want to grab a latte or cappuccino—the lines will be much shorter the earlier you get to the coffee shop. Parking is also better the earlier you get there.

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5. You’ll look better

You’ll have more time in the morning to get ready. It shows when someone looks really put together. You’ll have the time to find the perfect outfit or to do those extra things: pluck your eyebrows, actually blow out your hair, shine your shoes, floss your teeth, etc. It shows. You present to the world a more put-together image. You feel better and look better.

6. You can work uninterrupted

Whether you work from your home or at an office, working when no one else is around has definite advantages. There is no noise and no interruptions, just the opportunity to be more productive in a shorter time. We all want to feel more productive and that we are using our time as wisely as we can.

The hardest part to getting up an hour earlier is the first few moments when you are tempted to go back to sleep. If you set your alarm across the room and don’t allow hitting the snooze button to enter your mind, you can stumble through the first few minutes and then realize that you do feel awake. It’s pushing through those first few minutes that makes all the difference. Once you do, and you become awake, the opportunities for you to experience something wonderful is there for the taking. Why not try it? It could make a huge difference in your day and life.

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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