Top Tips For Better Brain Health
Alzheimer's and dementia might not have one definite cause, but multiple factors can lead to the onset of both. Though some are not controllable, such as your genetics, family history, and age, there are a few preventative measures you can take to reduce your risks. So if you are looking to work towards better brain health, we have some top tips for doing just that:
Do a Mental Workout
Studies show that mental stimulation can lead to new connections between nerve cells and may aid in the generation of new cells, possibly limiting your future cell loss. Consider it a “mental workout.” When you treat your brain like a muscle and practice puzzles, read, or even take school courses, you are putting your mind to work, in turn keeping it active and healthy.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Those who stick to a diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are thought to be less likely to develop cognitive impairment and dementia. Certain foods have been shown to slow your brain from aging and lessen your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Your daily workout can have direct and indirect benefits to your brain. Directly, it may reduce insulin resistance and inflammation, and can even stimulate the release of growth factors (which affect the health of your brain cells). Indirectly, it may reduce stress and anxiety, which can cause or contribute to cognitive impairments.
When you keep an active and social lifestyle, your risk of depression reduces. It’s also been known to support brain health, lead to a longer lifespan, and may delay the onset of dementia.
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