Tips To Keep Your Brain in Good Shape

Tips To Keep Your Brain in Good Shape
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.
 

With Alzheimer’s and mental illness on the rise, people are beginning to understand the importance of taking care of their brain, as well as the rest of their body. Just like making sure you are exercising enough and eating right for your body, it is easy to forget about the big boss upstairs that is one of the main contributors in the body’s functioning. The brain sends signals to the entire body to make it perform any given task, without your brain you would literally be a vegetable. Remember that when you are chewing, running, brushing your teeth, or any other routine task, it wouldn’t be possible without your brain. Therefore, it is important to take care of the brain by giving it what it needs to run properly. Keeping your brain healthy and fit, is possible by making a few essential routine changes to your diet and lifestyle.

Make Better and Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Make Better and Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Drugs, alcohol, and smoking are all said to cut off circulation to the brain. That is a devastating thought when you consider that your brain will be with you long after the high or buzz fades*. Conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure all affect the way the blood flows to the brain. Thus, improving* your all-around health will also improve* your brain’s health. Make an effort to avoid the poor lifestyle choices that you can change. Also, do your best at monitoring any health conditions that impede blood flow from the heart to your brain. The brain, like the rest of your body, needs blood to function properly and filter out toxins. Getting enough rest is also crucial to your brain’s health because that is the when your brain rejuvenates and repairs itself.

Exercise Your Mind

Exercise Your Mind

Try brain games and puzzles like Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and other brain training games that can be found online and in various Apps. These games are an exercise for your mind and studies have shown they can help ward off Alzheimer’s and Dementia plus a wide variety of other mental illnesses if regularly played. Don’t neglect your mind when it comes to staying active and fit. A fit brain is as simple as making a routine out of brain training time. The following are some helpful brain training apps that can be found in the app store:

  • Lumosity
  • CogniFit Brain Fitness
  • Personal Zen
  • Brain Trainer Special
  • Brain Trainer Pro

Keep Stress off Your Brain

Keep Stress off Your Brain

There is no question; stress kills. Not only does it provide the perfect environment for cancer cells to grow and multiply, but it also kills your good cells and slows your immune system. Keep stress in your brain by finding stress management techniques that include aromatherapy, massage, a warm bath or shower, soothing music and meditation. Keeping your body as stress-free as possible will only encourage overall good health, so your brain can stick to doing more important things.

Put Your Brain On A Diet

Put Your Brain On A Diet

Recent studies show that there are various brain boosting foods that are beneficial to add to our current diet. It is said that a diet that is too carbohydrate laden will slow the brain and make the body sluggish. Therefore, for top brain performance ensure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and high-quality protein. Adding Folic Acid, as well as Omega 3 Fatty Acids into your diet more often are said to be essential for keeping your brain in tiptop shape. Folic Acid is found naturally in green leafy vegetables, legumes, and grains to name a few. However, the average diet does not usually include enough Folic Acid to improve* brain health. Omega 3 Fatty Acids can also be found in Flax and Flaxseed Oil. If you do not get enough of these essential oils and minerals, then consider purchasing them in a high-quality supplement form. Vitamins C and E, and Vitamins B and D are also said to enhance* brain function and are found mostly in fruits and vegetables. Other essential brains boosting foods according to recent studies include:

  • Blueberries
  • Dark Chocolate / Cocoa
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Freshly Brewed Tea

Conclusion

Keeping up with your health means more than just from the neck down. Remember that your brain needs care, fuel, and exercise just like the rest of your body. Having a fit body without a healthy mind is no good if you are at risk of degenerative mental diseases like Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Keep your brain at its best by giving it the proper nutrition, rest and exercise, and reap the rewards of a clear and healthy mind!

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Expert Author : Ashley Stein (Consumer Health Digest)

Ashley Stein holds a bachelor's degree in education from the Birmingham-Southern College in United States. She is a health content writer and editor. She used to work as a content editor for leading online websites including blogs and journals. Her areas of specialization include writing educational and health articles. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest for the past 4 years.