Here are the 7 best ways to keep your brain healthy and young. After all, if you want a long, happy life, you need more than a healthy body.
I am a late in life mom and a research geek on longevity. My mission is to not only learn everything I can to live longer. I also want to live healthier and younger.
This means I very much want to make sure I keep my brain healthy and my mind clear thinking.
If you want a good brain you need to eat good food!
The products you consume may help boost your cognitive functions. For instance, eating foods rich in zinc and magnesium can keep your memory and nerve processes in excellent condition.
I write a lot about strong brain health in my bestselling longevity book, Life is Long.
In particular I recommend trying to eat food without a bar code!
Plus… If you want to avoid cognitive impairment and dementia, you should also avoid sugar – and watch your blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is unfortunately a big risk factor for dementia.
It’s advisable to limit your consumption of unhealthy food to keep your health in good condition. Doing so will also help lessen your risk of developing illnesses in the future.
You should be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
I’m a big longevity research geek, and I keep reading a lot of research on the brain boosting benefits of getting a good night’s deep sleep.
Basically, while you’re sleeping your brain clears out beta-amyloids – a kind of toxins which can lead to Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia.
If you’ve been having trouble going to bed at night, it may help to change some of your sleeping habits. For instance, you can make your room darker to help induce sleep. You can also use essential oils to calm your mind and body before going to bed.
Studies consistently show that you should keep your brain perky and active by doing things like puzzles and video games.
The reason: When you keep your brain cells busy, you stimulate new connections between nerve cells. And this can help your brain to generate new cells.
Another benefit to doing puzzles: You will develop a good sense of your overall brain health. It will be normal to experience the puzzles getting a bit harder over time. But you shouldn’t see a noticeable drop. If you do, it’s probably worth talking to your doctor.
You can pick brain games that are related to your interests or specialty. For instance, if you’re interested in music, you can test your memory by remembering tunes or recalling the lyrics of a song. On the other hand, you can try solving number problems or puzzles if you’re into math.
Consistently studies report that folks who are regularly anxious and feeling burnt out, wind up scoring poorly on cognitive function tests.
One of the best way to reduce stress and boost happiness, is to meditate.
Practicing mindfulness can also keep your mind clear, which may help lessen your forgetfulness.
If you hate to meditate – or feel you don’t have time – I share a range of fun and simple 2 minute meditations. Learn more here!
This is a no brainer for protecting your brain!
If you roller skate, skateboard, ride a scooter, bike or motor cycle – wear a darn helmet, will you?
If you get even a moderate head injury, you can increase your risk of cognitive impairment.
If you have good friends, you are not only doing your heart a favor, you’re doing your brain a favor!
According to a range of studies, strong social ties is highly connected to both a lower risk of dementia and lower blood pressure!
Not only that, bonding with other people may help boost your mood.
Your mind is important. And you need to be looking after it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of different things which can go wrong with your brain, from conditions which you cause – all the way to things which are out of your control.
In the end, you should talk with your family doctor if you’re ever worried about your mind. They can provide you with the latest in alzheimer’s care, stroke treatments, and a range of other support which can make your brain health a lot better.
Talking to your doctor as soon as you feel something wrong may help prevent worsening your condition. So, don’t hesitate to book an appointment whenever you need it.