Has your brain slowed down? Do you feel like you’re losing your memory? You don’t have to worry, there are ways to help! Here’s eight ways that will boost your brain. The brain is a fascinating organ. It can be difficult to comprehend how it works, but there are some things we know about the brain that make it easier for us to understand what’s going on when our mental function changes with age.
1- Get mental stimulation
Staying mentally stimulated is crucial to not getting bored. One of the most popular ways to stay mentally stimulated is by reading books.
Reading has many benefits, but it is also beneficial for people with reading difficulties. It improves comprehension and language skills, which are important for children with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, developmental coordination disorder or any other disability that limits literacy skills. It improves memory for adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia by engaging the mind in new activities.
There are several ways to read books – you can either buy them at a bookstore or library, borrow them from friends or family members, get them from your local library, download them online for free or rent them on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
There are plenty other ways to build your brain power. Like taking some courses, challenging yourself mentally with things like word puzzles or math problems. You can also build up some muscle memory and help the whole process by doing activities that require both mental and physical effort, such as drawing or going for a jog.
2 – Move your body
Physical exercise is not only good for the body but also for the brain. Exercise can improve memory, reduce stress and anxiety, and even increase intelligence.
Studies have shown that gaining muscle can lead to cognitive improvements, with one study in particular showing that exercising makes the number of blood vessels in your brain increase. This will protect you from developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
This leads to more efficient, flexible and adaptive brains. Seniors may benefit from this as it’ll help them perform better and can even prevent signs of aging. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol levels and strengthens the immune system
3 – Eat your veggies and fruit to help be a smarter person!
A nutritious diet makes a positive contribution to your mental and physical health that includes an improved memory and mood. These easy-to-follow rules will help you with your diet, which will in turn improve your brain health.
Eating well is important for both your body and brain. With a Mediterranean diet, people are less likely to develop certain cognitive degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s.
4 – Take care of your blood pressure.
There are a number of factors that affect your blood pressure. Your age, gender, the amount of caffeine you drink, and your physical activity or lack thereof can all have a significant impact on your blood pressure.
It’s important to know the warning signs of high blood pressure so that you can take action before it becomes too serious. If you have high blood pressure for a prolonged period of time, there is an increased risk for heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke as well as other health complications. And as we know from the previous sections on brain health, it’s important to take care of your brain with the foods we eat and preventative measures like exercises.
High blood pressure can be detrimental to older adults’ health. Risk of cognitive decline increases the later into life that hypertension is observed. It is important to make sure your blood pressure stays low by making healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining your weight, exercising, limiting alcohol intake, and reducing stress levels. These changes should start at an early age (midlife) to reap the best benefits.
5 – Get your cholesterol in check
What we eat can actually influence what we think. Studies show that eating food high in cholesterol and fat, such as meat and cheese, will increase the cholesterol levels in our blood and that can be bad for our brain.
That’s because cholesterol is also found in the brain. Eating foods high in cholesterol and fat can affect how well our brain functions. For example, too much of this type of food may lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That’s why it’s so important to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant-based proteins like beans to lower your risk for these conditions.
The essential nutrients found in plant-based proteins help regulate blood flow to the brain which improves cognitive function and lowers the chance that you might develop
High levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of dementia. Improve your diet, exercise, weight control and avoid smoking to have healthier cholesterol levels. If that’s not enough, ask you doctor about other ways to improve your cholesterol levels.
6 – Some aspirin can also help
Taking aspirin has been known to help reduce inflammation in the body and can also be used as a blood thinner. And as it turns out, it may help your brain too.
Research from the University of California-San Francisco looked at people who were prescribed low-dose aspirin for cardiovascular health. They found that those patients had a 28% reduction in Alzheimer’s disease cases and a 37% lower risk of dementia over a ten year period compared to those who weren’t taking the drug.
The research is still going on and there are no guarantees yet, but if you’re taking aspirin anyway, this might be one more good reason to do so!
7 – Don’t smoke
The more we know about the risk of smoking, the better we can protect our health. The evidence is clear: smoking is bad for your brain health. Quitting now will reverse or slow down the effects of smoking on your brain.
To help you quit, here are some reasons why you should avoid tobacco:
– Tobacco harms your brain cells and can lead to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
– Smoking reduces how well your brain functions and makes it harder to learn and remember things.
– Smoking increases depression and anxiety.
– Tobacco use has been linked to a higher risk for heart attacks and other heart problems, as well as stroke and high blood pressure
8 – Wear a helmet. Well, maybe not but watch your head!
Even without diagnosing concussions, head injuries can lead to cognitive impairment. Moderate to severe ones in particular carry the highest risk for it. Protect your head in all time so that your brain is safe.
I hope that it has helped to give you some ideas on how to keep your brain young. You can always let us know what you think in the comments below. See you next time!