November is National Alzheimer’s month, so we decided to take a look into the health of the organ responsible for our thoughts, movements, and consciousness. So, how do we take care of our body’s most vital organ? Neurologist and brain cancer survivor, Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., says the brain is a circadian organ, so maintaining a routine is critical. Here are her three biggest tips for optimizing brain health.

  1. Maintain a bedtime: Keeping a steady sleep cycle ensures your brain rests and replenishes effectively.
  2. Exercise routinely:  Exercising around the same time every day can help keep your body balanced. This can be as simple as taking a morning walk when you wake up or hitting the gym around the same time after work each day.
  3. Eating on a schedule: Eating healthy food is critical for brain health, but so is when you eat it. Planning meals around a relatively steady schedule can help your body and mind remain in synch and receive the nutrients it needs to power through the whole day.

You don’t have to become a human alarm clock to keep your brain running smoothly. You can still enjoy an occasional lazy morning or midnight snack. Just remember to consider how volatile your daily schedule is. Working in small habits like meal prepping and turning your phone off 30 minutes before bed can help you establish a steady routine to help your brain stay organized and balance periods of rest and activity. 

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