Cognitive health and aging: how to keep your brain young

As time goes by, not only our appearance gets affected by aging. Our memory, cognitive functions, and mental performance can deteriorate as we age if we don’t make the right lifestyle choices and don’t get enough mental stimulation to maintain our brain activity.

Studies show that we can influence age-related changes and slow down the aging process of the brain with healthy nutrition, proper sleep, physical and mental exercises, and other practices that we can implement every day.  

Here are some proven tips to help you keep your brain young, active and effective.

Get intellectual stimulation

Your brain needs regular challenging activities to continue developing and building up new cells. Look for activities that require your attention and concentration. They should be new and enjoyable for you, and include building a skill. For example, learn to draw, play musical instruments or dance. Reading, learning a new language, playing chess and many other brain-boosting activities can accelerate your memory and greatly contribute to the health and vitality of your brain.

Get proper nutrition

What we eat plays a crucial role in how we age. A healthy diet rich in antioxidants can help you achieve the younger-looking appearance and accelerate your cognitive abilities too. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sources of omega-3 fatty acids (such as soybeans and walnuts), and limit such foods as red meat and milk products. You can also take omega-3s, vitamin B12, and other beneficial nutrients as supplements.  Drink more water and green tea, avoiding overconsumption of alcohol and soda. Proper diet can enhance memory and concentration and reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Socialize

Socializing has a brain-stimulating effect, can lower blood pressure, slow down memory decline, and decrease the risk of dementia. Building strong meaningful relationships and social ties is especially beneficial for our cognitive health. Meet with friends and family, organize more activities together, and join a new club or community. Spending time with pets, especially dogs, also has a similar positive impact on brain health.

Get physical exercise

Besides having general health benefits, regular physical activity can boost your brainpower too. Exercise increases oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain, helps it develop and grow new neuronal connections. Get regular dance sessions or aerobic (cardio) exercises, such as running and swimming, to help your brain fight a decline in cognitive performance, improve memory, and decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Our brain changes throughout our lifetime, and it’s up to us to keep it healthy and active with aging. As a part of our program, we help you choose the most appropriate stimulating activities for your brain along with developing a healthy nutrition plan and physical exercise routine to maintain your brain’s youth and mental agility.

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