We heard it often when we were in the wealth management game.
It was our clients’ biggest fear.
As we presented the ample paperwork required to open a new account, we’d casually ask, “So, what are you investing for? Do you have any specific financial goals?”
And with rare exception, we’d get the same refrain…
“I want to make sure I don’t outlive my money.”
Odds are you’ve had the same thought.
These days, outliving one’s retirement savings is an increasingly pressing concern – and a grim reality – for many retirees. (Not even pensioners are safe from this growing crisis.)
Over the years, we’ve spilled gallons of ink on the topic… and we’re sure to spill gallons more.
Knowing how to build wealth is crucial. Because wealth, as you know, begets Liberty.
But it isn’t the only key ingredient for a rich life.
To feel free, our minds must be free as well…
Our Greatest Assets
As we’ve said, the strength of our mind is something we take quite seriously. Our memory and our brain’s performance are our greatest assets.
If they start to slow down… we’re in big trouble.
We aren’t alone in feeling this way. Just a few weeks ago, we heard the notion expressed at Manward’s Founder’s Retreat in Maine.
During a session led by Dr. Sanjay Jain, one attendee volunteered his biggest health concern…
“What worries me,” he said, “is that my brain will begin to slow down before my body.”
I couldn’t help but think about my clients all those years ago. They were deeply concerned about their savings not being able to keep up. But what about their minds?
The man’s statement clearly resonated with the crowd. Instantly there were murmurs and nods of agreement. A few folks chimed in with tales of loved ones who experienced a slowing of their mental faculties.
It was powerful stuff.
We suspect many readers can relate. In fact, we guarantee it.
The latest stats back us up.
A Scourge on Liberty
According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans live with varying levels of age-related cognitive impairment.
That’s double the population of New York City.
These folks have trouble recalling key facts… remembering names… quickly solving problems… and more.
Doctors often refer to these symptoms collectively as “brain fog.” It’s an apt title. As one researcher summed it up:
Descriptions of “brain fog” include slow thinking, difficulty focusing, confusion, lack of concentration, forgetfulness or a haziness in thought processes.
Who hasn’t had the experience of searching through their memories for something… only to come up empty?
The idea is right in front of you… You just can’t fully visualize it.
That’s brain fog.
Left unchallenged, it could be a scourge on your Liberty.
But with the right Know-How, you can beat it. Here are two simple steps you can take today…
Take Back Your Memory With These Two Tips
While the potential causes of brain fog are numerous (stress, hormone levels and environmental factors are all possible culprits), first and foremost you should focus on your diet.
For example, foods rich in choline – an essential nutrient for memory – have been linked to higher brain function. And according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the inverse may also be true… folks who don’t get enough choline could be on a “pathway” toward poorer brain function.
Fortunately, choline is quite easy to find. Egg yolks are absolutely PACKED with it. In fact, eggs are the best food source you can eat for choline.
Other memory-boosting “superfoods” and herbs include avocados, dark chocolate and rosemary. (This is crazy: One study found that drinking just a 250 milliliter shot of rosemary water had a “statistically significant” effect on cognition.)
Another way to tackle a slowing memory? This one couldn’t be easier…
Turns out mama was right. You should be logging at least eight full hours of sleep each night.
Research shows that getting more REM sleep – that’s the deepest stage of sleep – can boost long-term memory by 20.6%.
It’s because REM sleep is when your brain consolidates memories and creates strong associative connections.
Even if you’re not a deep sleeper, short naps have been shown to have a profound impact on your cognition. One German study found that napping for just six minutes can improve memory and mental performance.
It doesn’t get easier than that.
Rethink Your Brain
As we said up top, a rich life starts with a free mind.
We must do all we can to support our mind’s ability to recall key facts… to solve problems… and to focus on what’s ahead.
That’s precisely why we’re so excited about our latest project.
It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of research… countless tests… and a powerful new partnership.
We predict it will have a profound impact on the way you think about your brain and its ability to store information.
Put simply… we’re onto something big.
We can’t wait to share the details with you.
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