One of the scariest thoughts for people about growing older is losing their cognitive skills.
We are concerned about becoming forgetful, not being as sharp, to more worrisome scenarios such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Stay ageless in the brain department and utilize these 7 surprising ways to improve your brain health and boost your brainpower!
1. Keep Googling
UCLA scientists found that internet searching can improve brain health and cognitive skills. As people search online they inevitably have to make decisions such as which items to click and what information to read which engages important cognitive circuits in the brain.
“Our most striking finding was that Internet searching appears to engage a greater extent of neural circuitry that is not activated during reading — but only in those with prior Internet experience,” said Small, who is also the director of UCLA’s Memory and Aging Research Center.
Whether you’re researching the latest anti-aging technique or why birds fly south, the benefits to your brain are the same. By spending a few minutes each day searching topics you are interested in, you can boost your brainpower.
2. Exercise Regularly
Several studies have found that physical fitness improves brain health and can prevent brain deterioration.
Exercising reduces stress on the brain and body. The brain releases norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s stress response. Exercising regularly can build brain tissue and create new neurons.
A Cardiff University study found that exercise can stave off or delay dementia. A study by Laura F. DeFina, MD, of The Cooper Institute in Dallas, found that middle-aged people who incorporated physical fitness significantly reduced risk of developing dementia later in life.
All physical activity constitute as exercise so find the most fun method for you and do it consistently to enjoy the brain boosting benefits.
3. Drink Moderately
Excessive drinking causes neurological damage which can be visible in an MRI.
Limit your alcohol consumption to prevent brain damage, dementia, and other cognitive deficits.
Drinking more that 1 alcoholic beverage a day may increase the chance of alcohol related brain issues.
4. Eat Blueberries
New research shows that the purple-hued fruits may help sharpen your thought processes.
The researchers theorize that anthocyanin, which is the dark blue pigment found in blueberries, is responsible for these cognitive changes; it has chemicals that may cross the blood-brain barrier and lodge in regions that govern learning and memory.
5. Brush and Floss Your Teeth
A link has been found between brain deterioration and poor dental hygiene.
“We are working on the theory that when the brain is repeatedly exposed to bacteria and/or debris from our gums, subsequent immune responses may lead to nerve cell death and possibly memory loss,” says Sim Singhrao, PhD, a senior research fellow at the university.
Keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing and flossing everyday. Not only will you have fresher breather and whiter teeth, you will be also be protecting your brain!
6. Do Puzzles
Suduko, crosswords, and electronic games can all improve your brain’s speed and memory.
These games rely on logic, word skills, math and more. Receive the brain boosting benefits by doing these games a bit every day.
I use Lumosity and I love it!
7. Meditate Regularly
Daily meditation can impact brain health and boost your brainpower almost immediately.
Meditation will decrease stress on the brain and body aiding the body systems. From releasing feel-good hormones to providing mental clarity, meditation is by far one of the best things you can do for your brain.
Meditation of course relaxes you, but it also gives your brain a workout. By nurturing different mental states, you engage your brain in new and interesting ways.
There are a few types of meditations that can help with improving brain health such as visualization exercises, lucid dreaming, quantum jumping, and thought guidance to name a few.
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