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TIPS FOR A HEALTHY BRAIN

Post by on Saturday, December 18, 2021

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Your lifestyle has a tremendous influence on your brain. How much you exercise, how much and what you eat, how much you sleep, whether you smoke or consume alcohol all have a profound impact on the brain.
 
As we age, we need to take extra care of this most important organ to prevent diseases like dementia.
 
Here are a few tips:
 
Keep your brain fit and active: Use it or lose it! Read, learn a new language, do a math problem, or a word puzzle, learn Sudoku, chess, drawing, painting, and knitting --- do any mental exercise. Like a muscle grows with exercise, the brain builds neurological plasticity by remaining active. Please do not watch TV in the daytime and utilize this time to learn a game.
 
Brisk Walking or any other aerobic activity is the best way to reduce brain damage. It helps to pump blood into the brain, it increases your energy and keeps you fit and lean.
 
Avoid tobacco in all forms.
Enjoy social interactions: People who are isolated have a high rate of dementia as compared to people who are social. Spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, and staying in touch and connected with family and friends are good for your brain health.
 
Food and Nutrition: Eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, seasonal, locally available fruits, legumes, beans and pulses. Add fish to your diet. Eat nuts and seeds and avoid sugar and salt. Eat fresh food do not store cooked food and reheat multiple times. Try and eat at least one meal together with your family. Eat Smart!
Take care of your diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, depression and hypertension.
 
 Avoid head injuries by wearing a helmet and using a seat belt while driving. Go for yearly medical check-ups and keep these numbers under control. 
Stress actually shrinks your brain. It affects our emotions, our decision making capacity and long term stress can lead to anxiety and depression. A positive outlook in life helps in reducing cognitive decline with ageing.
 
Sleep: a good sleep helps to reduce the build-up of the beta amyloid plaque seen in Alzheimer’s. Sleep rejuvenates and refreshes the body and mind.
 
Have a purpose in life: volunteer at an orphanage, work with the civil society or your mohalla committee, teach a child it will bring huge .

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