16 April, 2021 | 2 min read

Pillars of Brain Health

Your brain is the most complex, essential organ in your body, and as you age, it becomes especially important to support it as best you can. Take a look at these six tips for a few ways to help your brain stay as healthy as possible.

Get Active Eat to Think Hit the Hay
Get Active Eat to Think Hit the Hay
People who exercise are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia due to increased blood flow to the brain. Try to get 30-60 minutes of exercise a few times each week to keep your body (and brain) in peak condition! Studies show that a diet low in fat and rich in antioxidants can significantly reduce the occurrence of cognitive decline. Include fish, nuts and a variety of whole grains in your daily meals to keep your brain happy and healthy! Sleep plays a vital role in supporting and sustaining optimal brain function. Getting seven to nine consecutive hours of restful sleep every night will help your brain consolidate and store your memories effectively, keeping it running at top speed!
Trash the Ash Stay Social Live and Learn
Trash the Ash Stay Social Live and Learn
Any substance that alters our mood, such as alcohol and nicotine, can also impair our thinking by limiting our focus, memory and attention. Quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake to avoid these negative impacts on your overall brain health! Studies show that older adults who are socially active are less likely to experience cognitive change. Finding ways to connect with loved ones and friends can help keep loneliness and stress at bay, two factors linked with memory loss. Learning new things causes your brain to strengthen the connection between brain cells, and may even help to create new ones! Challenge your mind by doing a puzzle, playing strategic games (like cards) or learning a new language or skill.

 

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