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Smarter Health: Boost Your Brainpower!

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Fuzzy. An oft-used adjective referring to your hubby's non-shaven cheek, an Angora sweater or that famous bear with no hair of rhyming lore. But fuzzy can sometimes be used to described how your brain is feeling - especially after late-night feedings or the five a.m. wakeup call to bake cupcakes for the band fundraiser...or week after week of constant work/mommy/wife/life clutter in that mental space.

What's a mom to do? Boost that brainpower by doing any or all of the ideas below. You'll thank me later (and actually remember to do so!).

Sleep - A-number-one way to clear the cobwebs is to give the brain time to rest, to chill, to recharge. Rev that brain engine with sleep. I know, I know, easier said than done, but getting a consistent good night's sleep or taking catnaps through the day is vital for brain function.

Exercise - Study after study shows that when you exercise something happens in our bodies to get brain cells and neurons working again. Even 15 minutes a day of walking or jumping rope or doing some speed yoga moves can help.

Feed your tummy with brain food - Shovel those Omega-3s onto the plate, folks. Fish (think salmon, trout, tuna, halibut), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed oil all have the essential fatty acid needed to catapult the cranium into a new level of function.

Feed you brain with fun - Do some puzzles, word games, Sudoku. Play Angry Birds or Words With Friends. Read a book. All of it will give your brain some energy juice.

How do you keep that mind sharp? Do you love puzzles? How about fish?

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by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (11-20):
amy7243
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

 I love doing puzzles and playing games. I like some types of fish.

charlene_kyle
by Charlene on Jul. 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM

 I love the new scramble app on my kindle =)

lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on Jul. 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I love word searches..Hate crosswords..And love fish and flax seeds..

alliesmom112
by Sandy on Jul. 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM
I do puzzles and I also have some games on my phone I play too.
Hottmomma607
by Trica on Jul. 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM
I love word scramble games. I do eat fish!
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wandep
by Pam on Jul. 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Puzzles and fish sound good to me! LOL

BeachMommy07
by on Jul. 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I like puzzles. Not so much fish. Maybe calamari. yum.

brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on Jul. 20, 2012 at 6:12 AM

 I read a lot.

Flaca43
by Ruby Member on Jul. 20, 2012 at 8:23 AM
I love calamari!

Quoting BeachMommy07:

I like puzzles. Not so much fish. Maybe calamari. yum.

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lasombrs
by Sara on Jul. 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I think I'm stuck on fuzzy lately i need more sleep but just cant find time to actually sleep :(

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