How to maintain your brain

By: Health Local Staff Apr 07, 2014
How to maintain your brain and remain a sharp thinker

Here are some of the best brain-boosters that keep our brain healthy and sharp.

There are everyday habits that can be implemented in our lives to help keep our brain in tip-top shape. Our memory, recall, ability to focus, and cognition, as well as our problem-solving skills won't deteriorate, if we stimulate and challenge our grey matter. Here are some of the best brain-boosters that keep our brain healthy and sharp.

Walk or Jog 3 hours a week
It's no secret how important aerobic exercise is to our health, but it is equally important to our brain. Exercising just three days a week helps improve memory, logic, and blood flow to the brain. Get your blood pumping and your heart rate elevated a few days a week and you will reap the benefits.

Play Brain Games
In past decades the only brain boosting game was the Sunday crossword. Now, you don't have to read the paper to boost your brain. There are a variety of brain boosting games available that improve focus and cognitive functions. Even learning a new skill or hobby can improve your brain and make it sharper. Learn a new language, take a quilting class, or start playing a musical instrument and before you know you'll be solving the New York Times crosswords like nobody's business.

Quiz Yourself
The next time you are at the market, try to remember everything on your grocery list without looking. You will recall items you seem to always forget and give your memory a nice little exercise. This quiz can be done with recalling birthdates of loved ones or other special dates or events.

Keep Blood Sugar Levels Balanced
People who experience high blood sugar levels due to increased carbohydrate and sugar consumption are at a higher risk for developing dementia. A recent study in the medical journal Neurology showed that people with elevated blood sugar levels cause harm to their short-term and long-term memories. Eat a diet rich in protein and vegetables, and consume less carbs and sugars.

Change Your Diet and Fight Inflammation
Certain foods increase inflammation in the body and other foods act as super-foods that lower inflammation. A person with a higher level of inflammation in the body runs the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. According to doctors, patients should eat foods based on brain health. Certain nutrients found in foods that improve brainpower should be consumed.

Choose foods like the following:

  • Fatty fish
  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts
  • Avocado
  • Coconut oils
  • Seeds
  • Curry
  • Dark chocolate
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Brown rice
  • Oat bran

Get Rid of the GPS
Well, maybe not entirely, but when in a new place, navigate a little without the GPS and rely more on your spatial navigation and brainpower. If you've moved to a new location, try weaning yourself off of the GPS fairly quickly so that your brain becomes stimulated when driving.

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