When we’re growing up, we do and learn things that help our brain development. It’s a natural part of becoming an adult. But then, as we get older, natural changes start happening in our bodies and that includes our brains.
There has also been a massive increase in the numbers of people suffering from forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as they get older. In part, this can be down to the population as a whole living longer, and better diagnosis. But it has also been shown that certain lifestyle choices can both increase and lower your risks of developing dementia as you get older.
As well as potentially lowering these risks, keeping your brain active and healthy can also benefit you your entire life.
Here are some changes you can make to keep your brain healthy:
Keep your brain engaged
Much like the rest of your body, your brain needs to be exercised to improve it. You can do this by taking up puzzles or Scrabble, learning a new skill or hobby. Don’t spend too long watching the TV, no matter how educational the content, you are passively taking in information.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is important to so many aspects of our health, and just our sense of wellbeing generally. When you get enough sleep, your body uses sleep to arrange the memories of the day and also clear abnormal levels of proteins that may be building up.
It’s important to get enough sleep consistently. Building up a sleep debt and trying to catch up and the weekend with a lie-in doesn’t do anything to reverse the damage.
If you are suffering from insomnia or sleep apnea, visit your doctor so that you can get on the road to a restful night’s sleep.
Eat a healthy diet
Your diet is not only essential to the health of your body but to your brain too. It is recommended that people have a diet that is largely based on grains, fish fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Reduce foods containing too many preservatives, salts, and sugar as well as red and processed meats.
This kind of diet is great for overall health and also reduces your risk of obesity, stroke, and heart disease.
Get regular exercise
Another lifestyle tip that has great outcomes for your health overall. Staying physically active regularly throughout your life lowers age-related changes to mental function and also keeps your body healthy too. When exercising, your brain receives more blood flow, which can help keep it strong and healthy.
No one likes to think about declining cognitive function as they get older. But by making changes to your lifestyle now, you can decrease the risk of developing these conditions, as well as enjoying the benefits these lifestyle changes make now. These tips not only have an effect on your brain but are great for your overall health too. By following them you can instill these healthy habits in your children and model good behavior for them.