It’s natural for your brain to change as you grow older, but you can protect your cognitive fitness at any age. Your lifestyle plays a major role in how well you think, learn, and remember.
Unfortunately, failing brain health is a public health epidemic, according to the American Heart Association. Their research shows that 3 out of 5 Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime.
You may sometimes take your brain for granted, but your quality of life depends on it. Keeping it in top shape will help you to overcome obstacles, develop relationships, and complete your daily activities.
Try these suggestions for showing your brain some love.
Taking Care of Your Mental and Physical Health:
Exercise at least 3 times a week.
Physical activity delivers more oxygen to your brain and helps form new neural connections. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week, as well as training for strength.
Studies suggest the MIND diet slows brain aging by almost 8 years and cuts your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a combination of the popular Mediterranean and DASH diets, focusing on vegetables, fruits, and meat-free meals.
Your memory and learning capacity grow stronger while you sleep. Go to bed and wake up on a regular schedule and talk with your doctor if you have trouble falling asleep on a regular basis or feel tired most days.
Tobacco affects more than your lungs. Brain scans show that smoking thins your cerebral cortex, which is responsible for many important thought processes.