There is not a secret potion that will keep your brain from declining as you age but there are several lifestyle changes that you can make to keep your brain healthy. With the fears of Alzheimer's and that forgetfulness that seems to happen as you get older, we are all wondering how to stay sharp. Here are 3 ways to keep your brain healthy.
Stimulate Your Mind
Mental stimulation is an important part of keeping your brain healthy. It is exercise for the mind. When your lifestyle only includes things that you can do on autopilot then you are not feeding your brain the right stuff. Here are some ideas to exercise your brain;
- Move to harder levels of your favorite puzzles.
- Study something you know little about but interests you
- Engage in social activities.
- Pick up a new hobby that tests your mind.
- Work toward a promotion at your job.
- Join a book club or a movie club.
- Learn an instrument.
Whichever activity you decide to become active in, make sure it is something that you enjoy because if it stresses you out more that perks you up, you will be causing more harm than good.
Update Your Diet
Nutrition is very important for many reasons. One of those reasons is your brain. Here are some foods that can boost your brain and a couple that can harm it;
- Fatty Fish - Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines
- Leafy Greens - Cabbage, Kale
- Cruciferous Vegetables - Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower
- Nuts and Seeds
- Whole Grains
- Drink Lots of Water
- Alcohol & Coffee in Moderation
Get Plenty of Restful Sleep
Sleep is an important aspect to maintaining a healthy brain. It's pretty obvious when you consider how "out of it" you feel after you have been up all night. Restful sleep is vital to forming new neuronal connections and taking care of the ones already existing. When you sleep your brain is clearing out all the unnecessary junk you accumulated through the day, like the proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease, and helping to form and store memories.