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August 2021: Boost Your Brain Health
Did you know that your brain only weighs 3 pounds? While it may be light, it is a workhorse having to do a lot of heavy lifting for us as the brain works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When we sleep, the brain is still working! We need our brains to think, dream, see, move, and more. Our brains age just like the rest of our body so August focuses on ways to boost your brain health!
Eat Well:
Our brain is made of approximately 60% fat, and it also thrives when we provide it with fats from our diet! What does dietary fat do for our brains and bodies? Eating quality fat will assist with our hormone production (hello happy mood!), absorb nutrients from the food we eat, and help balance blood sugar levels when eating a higher carbohydrate meal! Additionally, proper nutrition can help prevent cognitive decline along with lifestyle behaviors like sleep and exercise. Vitamin D and antioxidants are a few of these essential nutrients that can enhance cognitive function and prevent disease! 

Nutrient-dense fats:
  • Beef, pork, eggs, salmon, chicken, liver, olives, dairy, butter, avocado, nuts, seeds
  • Oils: Olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil

Vitamin D-rich foods:
  • Salmon, eggs, tuna, sardines, and mushrooms

Antioxidant-rich foods:
  • Berries, mango, green tea, turmeric, parsley, bell peppers, brazil nuts, walnuts, purple potato, sweet potato, egg yolk, shrimp, sardines, and more!
  • Fun fact – blueberries are a memory-boosting brain food as the nutrients impact the hippocampus (memory centers) of your brain!

Need a book recommendation on healthy eating for a healthy brain? Try out Genius Foods by Max Lugavere!

Live Well:
There are many ways that you can maximize your brain health. The 6 Pillars of Brain Health include: being mentally fit, exercising your body, eating healthy, focusing on safety, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress. Utilize the resources below to decrease your brain age and age gracefully through the years!

Resources to Thrive:

Be Well:
In August, we encourage you to do a creative activity to exercise your brain and support your cognitive health. Frequently exercising your brain is an excellent anti-aging tool. Choose one of the activities below to do by yourself, with friends or family this August!

Activity Ideas:

  • Sudoku
  • Puzzle
  • Doodle art
  • Bead jewelry
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Knit
  • Paint
  • Memory card game
In Good Health,
Looking for Additional Well-Being Tools to Thrive?
Check out our Wellness Page which features Wellness Seminars, Mindful Moments, and much more!

Kayla Isaacs, CHES, CWWS 630.737.9383 |

Madeline Engelking, MBA, RDN 630.737.9356 | 
About the Monthly Wellness Newsletter
The everyday choices we make can help us live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. The CGO Employee Wellness Newsletter provides monthly resources and education on a variety of topics like nutrition, exercise, emotional health and resilience, prevention and more. Our hope is that this information empowers you to incorporate sustainable healthy habits for a lifetime of good health and well-being.

Always consult with your physician before beginning any wellness program. This general information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional.  

Sources: Zywave, Cleveland Clinic, Institute for Functional Medicine, Genius Foods

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