Brain Power: Everything You Need to Know for a Healthy, Happy Brain

Catherine de Lange



An essential guide to living better for longer, Brain Power breaks down the science behind brain function and reveals why sleep, exercise, diet and even socializing are so important for our health.

What does it mean to have a healthy, happy brain, and why is it so important to look after our grey matter? Comprehensive and illuminating, this is an essential and up-to-date examination of how lifestyle choices impact our ability to maintain a healthy brain.

Focusing on important areas such as diet, sleep, exercise, brain training and emotions, Brain Power explains the science behind what really affects our brains, as well as providing practical tips and exercises to improve and support brain function into old age.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Lifestyle Impact: The book emphasizes the significant impact lifestyle choices have on brain health. Factors such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and social connections play crucial roles in maintaining cognitive function and emotional well-being.

  2. Neuroplasticity: Gelb and Howell highlight the concept of neuroplasticity—the brain's ability to adapt and change in response to experiences and environmental influences. They discuss practical ways to harness neuroplasticity to enhance learning, memory, and overall cognitive performance.

  3. Mind-Body Connection: The authors underscore the interconnectedness of the mind and body, advocating for holistic approaches to brain health that incorporate practices such as mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation techniques.

  4. Nutrition for the Brain: Proper nutrition is essential for supporting brain function and preventing cognitive decline. The book provides guidance on incorporating brain-boosting foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals into one's diet.

  5. Exercise and Brain Health: Regular physical activity has been shown to have numerous benefits for the brain, including improved mood, cognitive function, and neuroplasticity. Gelb and Howell discuss the importance of incorporating both aerobic exercise and strength training into one's routine.

  6. Brain Training: The book explores various brain-training techniques designed to stimulate cognitive function and enhance mental agility. These include activities such as puzzles, games, reading, and lifelong learning.

  7. Stress Management: Chronic stress can have detrimental effects on the brain, contributing to cognitive decline and mental health disorders. Gelb and Howell offer strategies for managing stress effectively, such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and time management skills.

  8. Sleep Optimization: Adequate sleep is crucial for brain health and cognitive performance. The authors discuss the importance of quality sleep and provide tips for improving sleep hygiene and addressing common sleep disorders.

  9. Social Connection: Maintaining strong social connections is essential for overall well-being and cognitive health. Gelb and Howell emphasize the importance of fostering meaningful relationships and staying socially engaged throughout life.

  10. Purpose and Meaning: Finally, the book emphasizes the significance of having a sense of purpose and meaning in life for promoting brain health and resilience. Cultivating passions, setting goals, and finding meaning in daily activities can contribute to greater overall happiness and cognitive vitality.

Language English
ISBN-10 1789296471
ISBN-13 9781789296471
No of pages 256
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Michael O'Mara
Published Date 28 Mar 2024

About Author

Author : Catherine de Lange


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