Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How To Improve Your Brain Health

These 4 factors can help you improve your brain health, and may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

Research is showing that making better lifestyle choices can improve your brain health. These simple lifestyle changes can also protect your brain from the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

The 4 lifestyle choices that greatly benefit your brain are
  1. Staying physically active
  2. A healthy diet
  3. Exercises for your brain
  4. And staying socially active.
Physical Activity and a Healthy Diet

Research by Dr. Scarmeas and his colleagues at the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center have shown that physical activity and a healthy diet can greatly reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer's Disease.

Evidence of the research is suggesting that lifestyle changes that promote heart and vascular health also promotes brain health.

Suggestions for physical activity that promotes heart and brain health are
  1. Maintaining a regular physical fitness routine
  2. Perform moderate-intensity aerobic exercises for 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week
  3. Perform weight resistance training for muscle strength at least 3 days a week, every other day.
What is a Healthy Diet?

The diet that best promotes brain and heart health is the Mediterranean type of diet. The Mediterranean type of diet is low in carbohydrates and saturated fats. It is high in
  1. Dark colored fruits and vegetables like blueberries, raspberries, spinach, red cabbage and broccoli.
  2. Cold water fish like salmon and sardines
  3. Nuts like walnuts and pecans
  4. Healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil
  5. Seeds like flaxseeds and chia seeds
Exercises For Your Brain

Constantly learning new things are the best exercises for your brain. This can include
  1. Learning a new language
  2. Learning to play a new musical instrument
  3. Frequently reading a new book
  4. Crossword puzzles
  5. Playing chess or checkers with different people
  6. Learning new games
Just keep challenging your knowledge and brain.

Staying Socially Active

One of the things that people with healthy brains do is remaining socially active with family and friends. Keep in touch with people that you know, and find ways to make new friends. Volunteering is also a good way to stay socially active.

Join a book club or some other type of club that includes activities that you enjoy.

Make these changes in your lifestyle and drastically improve your brain's health and fitness.



Rush University Medical Center: "Boost Your Brain Health"
New York-Presbyterian: "Exercise, Diet Lower Alzheimer's Risk"


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