Saturday, 7 October 2017

Pamper Your Body While Keeping Your Intellect Sharp

The human brain weighs approximately three pounds and contains more than 100 billion neurons connected by synapses. The interesting thing about the brain is that when these connections are used infrequently (or not at all), the brain eliminates them to focus on the ones that are used more. Natural wellness techniques are sought after, particularly those that relax one’s body like herbal teas, as well as mental and physical activity, to keep these synapses functioning at an optimal level and boost brain performance.
Pamper Your Body While Keeping Your Intellect Sharp
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There are many methods to induce relaxation and sharpen our intellects as a result. First, you have to nurture your body. Many athletes swear by eating healthy in order to perform at their highest level. Herbal teas can aid in relaxing the body and promote uninterrupted sleep, which maximizes your full mental potential. In addition to taking supplements for the body, playing puzzles, mental and tactical games, and chess can help increase memory, logic, and focus; thus, keeping your intellects sharp. Successful athletes can teach us how to maintain focus and regain this focus when their concentration is lost during a competition.

Studies show that a cup of tea can make your brain come alive in just 30 minutes. Black or green tea noticeably increases neurological activity with antioxidants known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are already being credited with reducing clogging of the arteries and promoting blood vessel function. Because of this, cognitive function improves significantly.
Pamper Your Body While Keeping Your Intellect Sharp
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There are many herbs like Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) and ginseng that aid in keeping the mind sharp. Gotu Kola is an ayurvedic herb that regulates dopamine. Dopamine is the brain chemical that helps protect brain cells from harmful free radicals, boosts pleasurable feelings, and improves focus and memory. Not only do the right herbs enhance memory, but they can also have the “side effects” of staving off major issues like cancer and anxiety.

It is known that the presence of the stress hormone cortisol hampers memory. Tulsi tea, made of an Indian herb called holy basil, can help reduce overproduction of cortisol.

Chamomile is also well-known for its calming and sedative effect. When phytochemicals in chamomile such as chrysin bind to gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, which is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, they inhibit nerve transmission in the brain, producing an overall calming effect. Taken half an hour to 45 minutes before bedtime makes this the perfect tea for rebooting the brain and waking up the next morning sharper and ready to take on the day.

Mint tea also has many well-known benefits, but a lesser known one is that it makes you feel awake and focused. The antibacterial lemon balm, a member of the mint genera is considered by many to be calming, being a tea that helps relieve anxiety and insomnia in addition to improving memory. 

Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world besides water, and for good reason. With benefits for both the mind and the body, it is no wonder 80 per cent of Britons are tea drinkers, downing 165 million cups every day, and 158 million Americans are daily tea drinkers. So, do your brain a favour and have a cup today if you haven’t already done so.







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14 comments:

  1. I love a cuppa! I drink WAY too many of them lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  2. This was so interesting to read! I love a chamomile tea before bed 🙂
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  3. I love drinking tea, peppermint tea is definitely my favourite.

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  4. I like drinking Green tea quite a bit....but I found that green tea lowers your iron level and you can't donate blood if you ever wish too if green tea is a everyday drink.

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  5. Ooh this is such an interesting post, I absolutely love tea - I drink so much of it!

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  6. I love a cup of herbal tea even though I'm a huge coffee drinker! I definitely love relaxing at night with a mint or fruity tea :)

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  7. Such an interesting read, I guess I should up my tea game!

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  8. I don't drink tea or coffee and always feel as though I am missing out! I need to try some of these teas, I think it could be quite beneficial!

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  9. This is so interesting. I don't drink tea at all - maybe I will have to! Kaz

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  10. I have never really been into herbal teas but I do like green tea a little x

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  11. Green tea is one of my faves to drink. I try and have a cup at least once a day x

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  12. Such interesting facts about how the brain works! I don't like tea unfortunately, but sounds like it does some amazing things xx

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  13. I've actually just gotten back into drinking tea, after a break of many years. Glad to hear I'm improving my brain function at the same time! ;) x

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