Keeping Your Brain Sharp

According to an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2012, there are many things you can do to keep your brain sharp…particularly as you age.

  1. Folic acid, Vitamins B6 and B12 have been found to reduce blood levels of homocysteine which has been shown to slow mental aging.
  2. Stay mentally active every day with a healthy habit, reading, cross word puzzles or some other activity that engages your brain.
  3. Exercise for at least 30 minutes at least 4-5 times a week improves circulation including blood flow to the brain.
  4. Blueberries, wild salmon, nuts and seeds all provide essential nutrients that have been shown to help preserve healthy brain function.  Keeping your heart healthy has the added benefit of improving circulation to the brain.
  5. Having an active social life is associated with better brain function.  Feeling part of a group and enjoying common interests improves health.
  6. Find something that drives your passion and your purpose.  Find a cause or charity to support and do fundraising or volunteer your time.
  7. Follow healthy eating guidelines.  Research shows that healthy eaters had better ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time, and make decisions.

Manage your total health and you will manage your brain health too.  Have you noticed the intimate connection between heart health, blood flow and brain health?  Sure.  Anything that affects blood flow in the body can also affect blood flow in the brain.  Poor blood flow means poorer brain function.  You can expect that as you work to develop your health in a positive and consistent way, you will also be contributing to your brain’s health and its ability to stay healthy.

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