Many of us have been stress-eating our way through the challenges of the past year – understandably! To quash snack attacks, consider adding lecithin to your daily diet. In one German study, adults who supplemented with this fatty acid produced 80% less of the stress hormone cortisol during trying times. And that’s good news because cortisol has been shown to drive up cravings for sugary and salty foods. To get the benefits, add 2 Tbs. of lecithin granules to smoothies, salad dressings or tea daily.
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.