How Healthy is Your Brain?

Did you know diets high in sugar and carbohydrates are linked to a significant increase in the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and dementia when you are older?
 
A study by the respected Mayo clinic shows people who eat a diet high in carbohydrates and sugars are four times more likely to get mild cognitive impairment whereas people who consume a diet high in healthy fats are 42% less likely.
 
So why are healthy fats so important for your Brain?
 
Because your Brain is nearly 60% fat and by consuming the fatty acids that are found in healthy fats you are feeding your Brain what it needs to stay healthy and perform at its best.
 
5 Fats that help keep your Brain healthy! 
 
1. Wild Caught Fish – salmon in particular is an excellent source of DHA, a fatty acid that helps develop and protect brain cells and can improve memory and cognition if consumed a couple of times a week 
 
2. Avocados – are an absolute powerhouse in providing monounsaturated fats to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and feed your brain. Add some feta cheese and a little lemon or lime to spice them up on toast or add them to your smoothies of a morning 
 
3. Eggs – not only are eggs no longer considered a major risk to heart health and cholesterol it turns out your brain really loves them. Eggs for breakfast a few times a week will give your brain the much needed choline it needs for healthy memory and cognition 
 
4. Nuts – including a handful of nuts in your day will give you Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, copper and manganese all which will help nurture and protect brain cells as well as giving you a nice little burst of protein for energy 
 
5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This should be no surprise to anyone and it certainly is not to the Italians and Greeks who use it liberally in all their meals. I use it everyday not just on salads but to add goodness to a whole variety of foods like eggs, avocados and meats knowing I am feeding my brain what it needs to thrive 
 
Remember, it is never too early or too late to start looking after your brain. Crowd out the carbohydrates and sugars in your diet with healthy fats and your brain will love you. Need some help?
 
As a Health Coach I work with women to help them create healthy bodies and brains as they age.
 
Contact me to organise a free health consultation here
Learn more about my Brain Health coaching programs here

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Embrace Menopause & Thrive

Every woman experiences menopause differently. Together we will find out what will work best for you to help you manage your symptoms, feel well and set yourself up for good health during your 40’s and 50’s.

The right food, exercise and lifestyle changes will help you to:

  • Sleep better
  • Wake up with more energy
  • Have a clearer mind and a better memory
  • Lose some unwanted kilos
  • Have less headaches, hot flushes and mood swings
  • Feel confident in your body and who you are as a woman

Be Well – Age with Confidence

Why is this program designed for women only?

Because researchers have now discovered that not only do women’s bodies age differently to men’s bodies, so to do their Brains and it has all got to do with hormones.

This is one of the reasons why two thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women and Dementia is the number one cause of death for women in Australia.

This program will take a woman’s perspective on health and wellness and incorporate elements of the Brain Fit, Memory Rescue and Embracing Menopause program.

Taking a bio-individual approach that looks specifically at your health and lifestyle needs you will discover how to:

  • Keep your mind and memory sharp
  • Successfully keep your weight at a healthy level
  • Nurture your body, Brain and hormones with the right foods and supplements to keep them healthy and balanced
  • Slow down ageing through the right exercise and lifestyle changes
  • Have the energy to live the life you want to live
  • Be confident in your body and who you are as a woman

Brain Fit for Life

Did you know that when your Brain works right, you work right and when your Brain is troubled, you have trouble in your life.

When your Brain is Fit you make better decisions, you are healthier, happier, have better relationships and are more purposeful and successful in life.

What we will do to make you Brain Fit!

  • Take a deep dive into how the Brain functions and how problems in different parts of the Brain can affect behaviour and your health
  • Assess your Brain and your Brain health via Dr Amen’s online Brain assessment tool
  • Look at the four circles of Brain health and how to balance your work and home life
  • Fuel up your Brain for high performance through nutrition, supplements and gut health
  • Give you tools and techniques to challenge ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)
  • Develop a Brain optimisation plan that will protect your Brain for the future

Memory Rescue

Are you noticing that your memory is not as good as it used to be?

Has Covid affected your short term memory?

Is your Brain a little foggy or not as sharp as it used to be?

It is not until our memories start to slip that we realise how essential they are for working and living well.

The exciting news is the Hippocampus which is the memory centre of the Brain makes up to 700 new cells every day. If you put these cells in a growth environment they will thrive, keep them in a toxic environment and they will die.

This program starts with a review of your Brain health using the Dr Amen on line Brain health assessment tool which will give you a personal report of your current Brain health.

Then using the BRIGHT MINDS pneumonic as a guide we will look at each of the 11 major risk factors that steal your mind and what you can do to manage these risks, sharpen your memory, boost cognitive function, reverse brain ageing and decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.