Keep Your Mind Sharp

Having a healthy brain isn’t always a given – especially for seniors. With over 7 million Americans each year having Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, it’s important to be proactive. Just like a healthy body, there are actions you can take that will help keep your mind sharp. Here are 10 great ways.

  1. Get Enough Sleep – Studies have proven that most people need about 7 hours of quality sleep each night. While you’re asleep, your brain gets right to work, repairing and cleaning out any toxins. By not having enough rest, researchers have found that “extensive wakefulness” can cause permanent damage to neurons, which are responsible for cognition and alertness.
  2. Eat Healthy – Keeping a healthy “brain diet” means staying away from too much sugar, processed foods and simple carbs – like candy, syrups and soda. Try eating lots of non-GMO, mineral-rich organic vegetables and fresh fruits. If you eat meat, keep it hormone-free and grass-fed. Eat in moderation – red meat in particular – because it can certain form of iron that have been linked to cognitive decline.
  3. Consume Healthy Fats – It’s important to consume healthy fats on a regular basis. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular – found in organic, cold-pressed olive oil, avocado oil, salmon, flaxseed oil, and flaxseed oil. Studies have shown that consuming these foods can support speaking ability, memory function, and motor skills.
  4. Exercise – Getting moderate quantities of exercise of good for your immune system, as well as your cardiovascular system. Getting the heart pumping through activities like walking, jogging, biking or other activities has an effect on many parts of the brain – especially the hippocampus (memory) area. 
  5. Drink Water – Along with a healthy diet and exercise, keeping yourself hydrated is the key to maintaining a healthy brain. Lack of fluids can cause a depression due to changes in our serotonin and dopamine levels. Make sure your water is filtered properly, especially for chlorine and fluoride – which can wreak havoc on the brain.
  6. Detox – Environmental and household toxins like aluminum, fluoride, bromide, mild and too much iron and cooper can effect cognitive function and brain health. To help rid these toxins, include a regular detoxing as part of your regimen, as well as taking a pro- and prebiotic for a balanced gut. Replace items in your house that include harmful toxins.
  7. Meditate – Decades of studies have shown that meditating has a healthy connection with mental health. It will decrease any signs of stress, disease and depression. Some ways to medicate can be through deep breathing, prayer, walking in nature or just focusing on creative acts like drawing, music-making, yoga or even tai chi.
  8. Keep Learning – Keep your brain sharp by using it every day. Try a crossword puzzle or other games like Scrabble or Sudoku. Learn a new language, read a book or learn how to play an instrument. By practicing using all your senses on a regular basis, will activate different parts of your brain.
  9. Spend Time In Nature – Researcher explained that forest trees emit healing substances called phytocides, which can ease anxiety, lower cortisol levels and promote healthy sleep. If you’re not into walking through the woods, gardening can have the same effect. If it’s the middle of winter, try using the aroma of tree oils such as pine, spruce or eucalyptus around your home.
  10. Be Positive! – By having an open attitude can lead to greater skill building, connections with people, and flexibility and strength in all areas of life – all mind, body and soul.

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