Thanks to ongoing research, we keep learning about the brain. You have more power over your brain than you might have thought.
Follow these tips to keep your brain as young as possible:
Research shows that exercise:
You don’t need to take up marathon running –– simply taking a walk every day can help you build a better brain.
If you want to stay sharp, use your brain now, and don’t stop. The latest research shows that exercising your brain throughout your life slows mental decline in old age. Keeping your brain active appears to protect the connections among brain cells, and may even help you grow new cells.
Here are some ways to use your brain every day, from the Alzheimer’s Foundation:
A healthy diet will help keep your brain healthy, and help your heart, too. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and cold-water fish like wild salmon.
Choose healthy fats that come from plants –– polyunsaturated fats such as olive oil –– instead of saturated fats that come such foods as cheese.
Consider adding these brain-healthy foods to your menu:
Humans are wired to be social –– even those of us who are naturally introverts. We’re learning that new experiences and new friends –– and old friends –– do more than enrich your life.
Research shows that an active social life helps reduce your risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The theory is that social connections help keep the connections between your brain cells (neurons) strong.
If you’ve been neglecting your social life, here are some ideas to jump-start it: