So, if you haven't guessed already, the nutrition theme of this week was nourishing the mind.
Reading doesn't only benefit your intellect, it can also enhance ...
- learning capability
- critical thinking
- problem solving
- reducing stress
and so many other qualities that help you make healthier decisions on a daily basis.
Now, not all reading is created equal. You actually retain more information reading from a physical book, newspaper, magazine etc versus reading the same material on a computer, laptop, tablet or cell phone screen.
Why is this?
All these devices emit blue light, which is a specific type of light that increases cortisol levels. Cortisol, being our stress hormone, will essentially tell our body to focus on functions that target escaping stress which include increased blood pressure, decreased digestion, depressed immune function and a lesser ability to learn and form new memories!
So the tip, start reading a few minutes a day. Start with an article on a topic that you enjoy then move onto a few page of a book eventually leading you to finish a book or two entirely. Fun fact, reading at night can actually reduce cortisol levels and increase melatonin, the touted sleep hormone!