Like other parts of the body that show signs of aging, your brain also declines as you get older. And while you can’t put your brain on a treadmill or give it a set of dumbbells to lift, there are some proven techniques that can help keep your brain fit. Check out these tips to strengthen your mental acuity.
Research continues to uncover surprising ways to stay sharp and lower your risk of neurodegenerative diseases, including taking care of your heart, meditating and even laughing more. By adopting these and other healthy habits, you’ll live a lifestyle that promotes a sharper brain.
What’s the best way to keep a muscle healthy and strong? Challenge it. The same can be said for your brain, and certain types of activities do a particularly good job of keeping your mind on its proverbial toes. Consider putting these brain-bending activities on your to do list.
How can food help you think faster, perform better, preserve your memory and even improve your mood? The truth is you probably have superfoods within arm’s reach right now. Nourish your brain to stay sharp today and for many tomorrows.
Q: I know that working out is good for my brain, but just how much exercise do I need to get the benefits?
Like the rest of your body, your brain changes with each passing year. It sounds scary, but the process is natural and it happens to everyone. Take an active role in slowing negative effects and working to stay sharper, longer.
As much as we might like to deny it, aging takes a toll on our brains. Just like our bodies lose muscle mass, our brains begin to lose volume as we get older, for example. This causes our neurons—the cells that make up the brain and nervous system—to communicate with each other more slowly, decreasing our speed of thinking.
We’ve developed eating strategies for optimal, life-long brain health. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., president of the Canyon Ranch Institute and a former Surgeon General of the United States, writes about these strategies in his book 30 Days to a Better Brain.
Beyond the influence your friends and loved ones have on your wellness that’s plain to see, you may also owe them a ‘thank you’ for a benefit of their company that you can’t see—improved brain health.
Alzheimer’s is a complicated, poorly understood disease, bore and more evidence shows that chronic inflammation, a process in which one’s immune system gets stuck in the “on” position and causes damage, could be behind many Alzheimer’s cases.
Though your heart and mind may sometimes seem to act independently in your daily life, one’s wellness is very much decided by the other. In this way, then, “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain, and what’s good for your brain is good for your heart,” says Nicola Finley, M.D., a physician at Canyon Ranch in Tucson.
Exercise. It’s good for the body, but it’s also good for the brain. And those mood-boosting hormones that kick in—often called “runner’s high”—are only part of the story. Regular exercise makes your brain stronger, fitter and sharper. Here’s what happens over the course of a typical workout.
We all aim for a good night’s rest in order to feel energized and alert the next day, but sleep is imperative to maintaining a strong memory as well as the ability to learn and recall skills and tasks—now and in the future. Give your brain the time it needs to properly transfer and store information.