Get off the couch and make time for at least 30 mins of exercise daily or head out the door for a brisk walk. Increase your intake of caffeinated drinks to feel more energetic, focused. Retire to a quiet nook to meditate or to listen to calming music. Find a brain stimulating activity you like - crosswords, playing online games etc. And, do not forget to get ample rest!
When we talk about health, it is often confined to the physical. Our weight, skin health, and general physical attributes are what we focus on, but what is happening inside is really important to our well-being too.
Along with a healthy heart, skin and gut, our brains are vital to longevity with a high quality of life. As Alzheimer’s disease numbers rise worldwide, more of a focus on proactive brain health has been brought to the forefront.
People do not want to know how to fix their brains; they want to know how to keep it healthy in the first place.
So how can you nurture this oft-neglected, but essential, part of your body for optimal health?
6 Tips To Keep Your Brain Healthy
1. Get Moving
Did you know that taking a walk can actually improve memory function? Recent studies point to reversal of memory deterioration with three 30-minute walks per week.
The research shows that the area responsible for memory function, the hippocampus, increases with enough physical movement.1
So start walking and more often – your brain will thank you!
2. Drink Coffee
Whether you are a caffeine fan or not, there is some research that points to its positive effects.
Drinking that morning cup of coffee, or even caffeinated tea, improves temporary memory and cognition. That caffeine jolt does not just wear off, though.
One study found that women who indulged in three or more cups of caffeinated coffee each day had a rate of memory decline that was one-third slower than peers.2
So if you really love caffeine, do not feel too badly about it. It is actually one of nature’s energy boosts.
Real meditation is so good for you that it can knock 7.5 years off the age of your brain and is especially valuable to people aged 50 or above.3
It is not just an exercise for your current brain, but meditation actually produces brand new brain cells, the researchers say.
No matter what your age, meditation can benefit your brain, with the bonus effect of benefitting your physical health too.
4. Get Ample Rest
American adults get so little sleep that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared lack of sleep a health epidemic.
An adult brain needs a minimum of 7 hours of sleep to regenerate. Give yourself the gift of a good night’s sleep every night to prioritize brain health.
5. Play Games
Down time is really important, but can be full of opportunities for leisure activities that also benefit your brain.
Doing crossword puzzles, playing trivia, and even playing online gaming apps have proven brain perks.
Give your brain some exercise that does not feel like it and relax in the meantime.
6. Listen To Music
You do not have to actually be a musician to see the brain benefits of it. Just listening to music stimulates your brain in ways that are not possible through other listening means.
Classical music is great, but if it really is not your favorite genre, never fear. You can listen to any type of music and your brain will benefit from it.
So, how are you keeping your brain healthy?
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