5 Reasons Why Your Brain Loves Summer

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As we get to the midway point of the summer season, here are five things your brain looks forward to this time of year without clueing you in on how important these activities are to your brain’s health.

Number one, hydration. We all know it can be so very hot in the summer, and when it’s hot we wanna drink water, and lots of it. The brain loves water almost as much as it loves oxygen, and that’s because the brain is made up of 85% water. And you can hardly ever have too much of it. Water helps us learn better, stay alert, feel energetic and healthy. You should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day all throughout the day.

Number two, exercise. When the sun is out early, we like to be up early too and out of the house. It’s not hard to take in long walks or bike rides or runs in the park when the weather is cooperating. That’s why in the summer we tend to get more exercise, which is not only good for the body, but for the brain as well. Exercises such as walking increase blood circulation, and thus increase the oxygen and glucose that reach your brain. Exercise produces such chemicals as dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin, all which help stabilize moods and prevent and anxiety and depression. You should exercise three to four days a week for at least 30 minutes at a time.

Number three, long, lazy summer evenings. When it’s cold and dark in the winter, we often head inside early and cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie. But when the sun stays out late, we generally do too. These longer stretches of time seem to stretch out our brains as well and we take up projects we’ve been putting off, such as reading the classics, learning a new language, or building that electric car that we ordered in the mail. The brain creates new neurons known as neurogenesis when we learn and use our memory. So tackle a new summer project that challenges your brain.

Number four, lighter foods. Who wants to feel heavy in the summer? All those carbohydrates we packed away like bears in hibernation during the winter just slow us down in the summer. Thankfully, in the summer we tend to eat more healthy, more fruits, more vegetables, and the brain tends to get a proper balance of nutrients, including protein and sugar.

Number five, friends. In the summer, we tend to have more time for our friends and our families. Socializing though is more than just good fun. Research has shown that establishing and maintaining strong social networks and support groups is good for your overall health and happiness. For older people, larger social networks can actually reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. Deep conversation, more than just that superficial chitchat, provides more brain stimulation. And according to research published in the “Psychological Science” magazine, it is also better for your overall wellbeing.

So take time to share with family and friends. Wanna learn more about your brain and how it functions? Call and schedule your brain map today.

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July 12, 2023