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Mind Month, Keeping Your Brain Sharp

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Did you know? There are two significant health observances in March; Brain Injury Awareness Month, which aims to educate the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of suffers, and Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22), which strives to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain surgery.

What a great month to be mindful!

So, if you’re thinking you know everything about your brain, here’s are a few fun facts to keep you guessing…

 ·        Your brain keeps developing until your late 40’s

·         New brain connections are created every time you form a memory

·         Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body

·        When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb

·        The left brain / right brain divide is a myth – both sides work together

·        Sleep deprivation affects that brain in multiple ways that can impair judgment and slow reaction

·        When you learn something new, the structure of your brain changes

 

While many types of brain injuries can be traumatic and unexpected, there are several prevention measures you can take to protect yourself… 

·        Always wear a seatbelt

·        Wear a helmet when riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all terrain vehicle

·        Set your home up for success to avoid falls or injuries (check out these tips for living a safe, independent and happy life)

 

And, here are a few more tips to fine-tune your wits on a daily basis…

·        Regular exercise – even a walk around the block has benefits

·        Healthy meals – focus on foods with plenty of fiber and cut back on sweets or white starches

·        Get your beauty sleep  - these sleeping positions will help you get comfortable

·        Minimize stress and pursue relaxing activities such as yoga or meditation (if you’re interested, check out 7 ways meditation can actually change the brain)

·        Engage in crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other brainteasers (also keep an eye out on our Facebook page where we’ll post Mindful Moments, fun tips to train your brain)

How mindful are you of your brain?

Share with us in the comments or on Facebook + Twitter.

SOURCES:

http://www.factslides.com/s-Brainhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/tbi_toolkit/patients/preventing.htm

http://www.livescience.com/12915-10-ways-mind-sharp.html

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