How to keep your brain healthy and active

Reading science magazines or internet articles on the advancement of technology and breakthroughs in medicine you’ll find out we will outlive most of our ancestors.  But I’m more concerned about living with a young mind, so I decided to share with you some tips on how to keep your engine running.

 

For a healthy active brain all experts agree that physical exercise is essential, and by sticking to it, you’ll reap multiple benefits. Our regular physical activity, experts say, increases the gray matter in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is very important to our memory functions. Also, stimulating cardiovascular activity will pump more oxygen to the brain and bring more nutrients for a proper functioning.

Exercise also strengthens blood vessels, thus preventing a series of illnesses that are responsible for cognitive impairment. Alongside with these direct benefits the more you stay physically active, the more you encourage the production of hormones that reduce stress and increase creativity.

 

Neuroscientists also say that our social activity helps the brain improve its function. Strong social ties have been associated with a longer life-expectancy. It seems that socializing is another form of mental exercise, a form of cognitive reserve for when our mind loses some of its ability. So keep your friends and family close because it seems like that’s where eternal youth stems from.

 

When you feed your body you also give nutrients to your brain, so another way of staying mentally fit is by having a good diet. That means you have to keep your calories in check. Studies show that reduced caloric intake is often linked to a lower risk of mental decline in old age. And that goes for animals and humans just as well. So take care of how much and what you eat.

 

It’s good to have fish in your meals because they provide you with a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is usually found in large quantities in the brain. Consumption of saturated fat from animal sources and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are in no way improving your brain health, so you better watch out for them.

 

Eating grain and all sorts of green leafy vegetables is great for your body and reduces the risk of developing dementia because they have a lot of B vitamins. That’s a great tip I recently stumbled upon! I didn’t know that not eating your cereals could end up that bad.

 

For a healthy brain, you should also go to bed on time. Lack of sleep will eventually shrink your brain while adults that have plenty of rest can rely on a better memory and mental function.

And, finally, don’t forget to do your brain exercises. Challenging the brain, learning new skills or languages, repeating things you want to remember and prioritizing by discarding useless information is the way to a healthy and active brain.

 

Imaginative ways of repurposing things you don’t need anymore

As we live in a world filled with junk and consumerism is becoming more of a problem, finding ways to repurpose used things is always a good idea. And in doing so, people can save some money by refraining from spending on new stuff.

I experienced junk problems myself and looked for ideas of how to get rid of the old one and create a more interesting future junk. I’ll give you some tips that you might find useful.

Used tire rims usually conspire to fill the whole garage, so before they manage to do that, you can turn them into an ottoman by simply adding a top. But you must first put some foam and upholstery on the round wooden board.

You can also repurpose a steel wheel for a fire pit/grill in your backyard. Circle it with stones to keep it steady and add heating power. You can grout the stones/bricks or leave them like that so you can move them around.

 

See if you have an old unused ladder in your shed, that’s one item people usually move from here to there for years before they discard it. Using the spokes to put large boards on them you can transform it into a flower stand or a bookshelf.

Now a tip to solve two problems at once: take out all your orphaned keys, old or spare wrench keys and drill a hole at one end in case they miss that. Then give them a U-shape bend, and you have tens of wall hooks to put clothes or stuff in the house or shop.

 

If you have a garage, you might have a motorcycle headlight gathering dust somewhere. Give it a new bulb light or LED and add a stand and a switch. You’ll have a charming vintage lamp in your room. Throw in a pivoting mechanism to make it more practical.  

We got used to the enduring steel filing office cabinets, but we still don’t know what to do with them once they’re retired. If it has the right size, you can turn it into a rolling kitchen cart. Screw in some casters, give it a fresh paint and put a cutting board on top. For towels or utensils, you can add racks on the sides with a drill and a few bolts and nuts.  You can use a small drill press for this job or simple handheld drill should suffice. 

 

If you have old tennis rackets hidden in your closet than you can repurpose them into fine-looking mirrors. Get a custom-cut mirror with beveled edges to fit inside the rim and put adhesive on the back of it. Once you press it onto the strings and leave it to dry you’ve ticked a DIY project that you can hang on the wall.

 

 

The pic was taken from: survivopedia.com

Battery packs that have helped me time and again

I have a constant need power, just like many of you. And I’m not talking about politicians; I’m talking about the modern technology user that is always looking around for a wall-plug because of the high demand coming from their laptops, smartphones or tablets.

So I too have one day decided to carry my own energy source for whenever I end up with a dead gadget in my hands, and I will be sharing some of my experience with battery packs so far.

 

My first attempt was a mostly a safe guess, as I didn’t know much about what I had to search for. So I purchased the AmazonBasics Portable Bank 3,000 mAh. It had good reviews, and I was slim and light and had a nice pouch. It proved out to be a good acquisition and worked really well for my phone.

The problem was I never really knew how much energy it had left, because it had no level indicator. Also, the energy transfer took forever, and the cord was short. Basically, I had two phones on the table, and the next step was to buy a pack of battery packs.

 

The next thing I bought was a Belkin MIXIT Metallic Power Pack 6600 mAh, a gadget that was heavier than the previous. By this time I knew that the milliamp hours were really important. The cables were short again, but at least I had two of them as I could charge two devices at once. And it had what the other missed: LED indicator for the level of power it carried.

It helped me a lot, and there were a few times when I felt I was lucky for having it. The love story was intense, but short-lived because at that time I had to travel a lot and my power pack took about two hours to charge my phone and two hours to charge itself. I needed something for extensive travel, ready to disconnect for a long time without any power source around.

That’s why I had to pick a new partner for my devices, something with long lasting power supply and, if possible, of the same size.

 

 

I picked the RAVPower Xtreme 26800mAh. It’s not the same size or weight, it’s about two times bigger and three times heavier, but it’s still hand-size, and I don’t feel it in the luggage. And maybe I should mention it gives me at least 2 recharges on my phone before its first life indicator light goes out, and can do that in less than an hour.

It has three USB ports and one micro USB port. The ports are iSmart, meaning they can determine the number of Amps that it can deliver to the device.

So I may have found what I wanted for trips and adventures: it’s smart and sustainable, just like I need it.