Here are the 14 easy tips that you should follow in order to stay smart as long as possible!
1. An active brain
An active brain can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.
This does not mean that you have to cling to the crossed words to strain your brain muscles. From playing an instrument to chatting with friends! There are many ways to increase the power of your brain.
Keep reading to learn about the 4 pillars of brain vitality and how to apply them to keep your brain in tip top shape.
2. Pillar 1: Mental Stimulation
Mental stimulation is one of the first lines of fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia.
During a study published in Neurology in 2007, scientists at the Chicago Medical Center performed regular cognitive tests for more than 5 years (more than 700 participants) (whose average age was 80).
They concluded that individuals who were cognitively active in older age were 2.6 times less likely to have dementia and Alzheimer’s than those who were not cognitively active.
Need inspiration for mental stimulation? Try these activities to keep your mind active.
3. Mental Stimulation: Learn a language
When it comes to food for your brain, say “Bonjour!” In bilingualism.
A 2011 study by Toronto scientists found that using 2 languages could delay the Alzheimer’s symptoms – bilingual patients showed the same symptoms as monolingual although their brain was far more damaged by the disease.
Switching from language to language is a challenge for the brain and enhances the network of neural pathways, which can be helpful when Alzheimer hits some of these pathways.
4. Mental Stimulation: Take music lessons
Even if you are not musical, it may be time to get that piano.
Playing or reading music is training for your mental muscles and helps to build: “alternative brain connections that can replace cognitive decline in older days,” claims the American Psychological Association.
5. Mental Stimulation: Take a nap
Sleeping to a smarter brain.
A 2011 study from the University of California, Berkeley found that during light sleep and short naps, “sleep spindles” – fast electricity pulses that occur during sleep without rapid eye movements (NREM sleep) – convey memories and information from one part of the brain to another, thus freeing up space in the brain to receive and retain more information.
6. Pillar 2: Nutrition
When it comes to maintaining your acumen, a brain health diet is a must.
To feed your mind, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends eating very low in fat and cholesterol. The next time your stomach is ‘calling you’, get hold of one of these heart-healthy and healthy brain health tips.
7. Nutrition: Fish Oil
Fish oil is not only good for your heart – these omega 3 fatty acids help keep your brain strong. A recent study found that lack of omega 3 fatty acids in the blood was associated with lower brain capacity and poor performance of some mental tasks, such as a memory test.
To get your dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, eat oily fish, such as salmon three times a week, or take a daily capsule of fish oil.
8. Nutrition: Green Tea
A study by the University of South Florida, a group of mice genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer’s disease, was given daily injections of the antioxidant found in green tea.
After several months, the mice showed a decrease in Alzheimer’s impairment.
9. NUTRITION: LEAF GREEN
Research has shown that brain-promoting folate, which can be found in leafy greens such as spinach or kale, can slow the mental decline associated with aging. A 2005 study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men who used a lot of folate in their diet showed a lower rate of decline in verbal ability than those who ate low-folate foods.
10. Pillar 3: SOCIAL ACTIVITY
Another part of the brain power puzzle is hanging out with friends, family and other people.
Scientists at the University of Chicago’s Rash Medical Center have found that older people who describe themselves as the loneliest are twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s than those who describe themselves as the least lonely.
So, grab your calendar and add some of these brain-boosting social activities to it.
11. SOCIAL ACTIVITY: DANCE
Going to dance with friends, or even yourself! It often helps to keep your neural pathways (pathways that connect and transmit information between parts of your brain) vital.
And that’s not all! Learning new movements helps your brain create new pathways for connecting neurons, thus making it more resistant to diseases that damage the neural pathways.
12. SOCIAL ACTIVITY: TALK
Now you actually have good reason to spend time with your coffee machine while at work: A 2010 study by the University of Michigan found that participants who had a quick, cordial ten-minute conversation with each other were more successful in completing the usual cognitive tasks that followed after the interview.
Keep the conversation positive and upbeat, but keep in mind that the study found that competitive jokes do not lead to cognitive improvements.
13. SOCIAL ACTIVITY: VOLUNTEER
When loneliness begins to fit, defeat it with a little adventure.
In addition to keeping you positive in social and interactive situations, several studies have confirmed that volunteering can delay or even prevent loss of brain function in the elderly.
14. Pillar 4: Exercise
The fourth essential pillar of brain vitality: exercise.
Learning new movements (and building their complexity) will not only squeeze you into the profession, it will also nourish your neurological pathways and encourage the creation of new communication pies, says Michael Gonzalez – Wallace, author of ‘Super Body, Super Brain’.
Plus, he says, exercising will increase your balance and coordination, which helps keep your brain and body strong.
“Most people think we only have five senses, but we actually have six: our brains tell us where we are in space,” says Gonzales-Valas. To train and strengthen this sixth sense, “reach the midfield position and close your eyes. Then, at the same time, raise your left leg until it is parallel to the ground and raise your arms to the side, but do not exceed shoulder height. Then change your legs,” he says. Do 8 reps for each leg!
WE KNOW THIS WILL HELP!
This tips will definitely help you stay smart even in your oldest days of life!
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