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10 Things You Need for Your Next Flight

10 Things You Need for Your Next Flight

Whether you’re an expert traveler or this is your first time leaving the mainland, there’s a good chance you’re going to forget something important. Or, you may not even think you’ll need it. Well, hold tight because while this may seem like “just another travel packing list” – it’s not. We’re here to be your Expert Packing Assistant. You just have to keep reading.

We’re going to list these friendly reminders ‘countdown style’ because chances are, you’re counting down to your vacation. Here we go:

10. Pets/Mail/Plants.

No, we’re not telling you to bring them. But more so we’re asking, “Who’s taking care of these while you’re away?” If it’s a friend-of-a-friend’s neighbor’s kid, pay them in cash. If it’s your bestie, tell them you’ll bring them something nice from your travels. Everyone wins.

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9. Bring your own headphones (BYOH).

Yes, your own ear-wax free headphones. (If you think about that for a minute, you’ll never forget them again. Some airlines ‘sanitize’ the rentable headphones, others let you keep the foam covered cheapies.) Our pick for under $100 (on a long flight, quality can come in handy without breaking the bank) are these easy-to-pack Shure headphones.

8. Small waste basket liner bags.

Yep, you read that correctly – use them for your dirty clothes!

7. Hydration items.

Think reusable water bottle + some Vitamin C packs to mix in-flight AND when you land. Flying seems to naturally dehydrate most people, so chug that H2O. Tip: Don’t forget about your skin. Bring a carry-on friendly moisturizer for your eyes and face!

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6. All the electronic pieces you’re likely to forget.

Phone chargers, camera and memory cards. Yes, we said “camera and memory cards” – ditch the phone camera and actually take quality photos on your next trip!

5. The eco-friendly reusable mug.

That little tiny cup of (sometimes free) in-flight coffee is never enough, let’s be real. Bring your empty mug and have the flight attendant keep the endless coffee flowing.

4. Snacks.

Trader Joe’s exists for a reason, so don’t overspend at the airport. There are also many airports with healthy food options that won’t break your beach body.

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3. Entertainment.

When’s the last time you held a book, became completely engrossed and couldn’t put it down? Well, combined with your headphones above and your endless mug of coffee, you can probably knock out a New York Times best seller and have expanded your vocabulary and imagination by the time you land. Read away!

Also, don’t forget to download your favorite movie or TV shows before you board.(Note:Just beware that some trans-oceanic flights may not offer WiFi for personal use, so check with your carrier ahead of time.) You may need your own screen. Examples: iPad, iPad Mini. Know ahead of time if your flight is fancy enough to have screens on the seat back in front of you. If not, don’t waste a carry-on with your company laptop.

2. Your in-flight travel attire.

Lay them out the night before for those early morning flights. With athliesure styles being all the rage for ladies this year, women can get away with leggings, tunics, maybe a scarf and booties. It’s not all about the ladies though. Men, don’t fret, there are plenty of comfy pants and loose fitting shirts for you too. If you pair them with some loafers or casual tennis shoes, you’ll be flying high in comfort and style. Tip: Compression socks for long haul flights. You won’t have swollen feet when you arrive.

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1. Cash/credit cards/ID’s.

Pretty self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how many people forget their driver’s license or passport upon arriving at the terminal. There are other forms of ID that may get you through, but if you remember anything, be cognizant enough the day you leave to not lose or forget these items. Tip: Get a few hundred dollars’ worth of local currency ahead of time if you’re going international.

Another tip: Switch out your wallet and/or purse to something more efficient. This way, you won’t accidentally head to the airport with your pepper spray still on your key ring.

There are so many ways to find cheap flights and travel comfortably, so don’t fret! We hope this list helps you with packing and that above all, you have a fantastic trip. Now, go make some friends in the airport lounge. Sit back, relax and happy traveling!

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12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

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:

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:

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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:

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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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