Steps To A Healthy Brain

Fitness and Health are  words that people often associate with the physiological side of fitness, however this is a common mistake. In order to be fit and healthy physically, they need to have good cognitive thoughts and neurological processes, to help the brain send chemical signals to muscles when they are performing or working-out. Just like we need to eat a protein based diet, for muscle growth. Which is catered towards more resistance training than cardiovascular exercise. You need to do the same for the brain and neurological process to help your body perform.

    • Mind puzzles - Suduku | eating punnets blueberries, vast selection of nuts, bananas, fresh salmon and drinking green and other herbal teas. These are all fantastic foods for a healthy brain.
    • Train your brain with puzzles,(e.g. Sudoku and Tetris), read literature which involves you learning facts and take up a new skill or  hobby (e.g Car model building)–This will help the cognitive process when training and follows the the principle of  “neurons that fire together, wire together”.
    • Limit or stop smoking, drugs and alcohol intake.
    • Have a good sleep routine, averaging on between 7 to 8 hours a day. Rest is important for the brain to have quick and autonomous responses.
    • Another great tip is be social, engage in interaction and learn facts about people. This helps the brain learn kinetically while understanding behavior.
    • Make sure  you chill out, a great is example is mediating, or having a sauna and steam where you completely switch off. This reduces,  anxiety and stress which can be toxic to the brain.The key to long term brain health is the same as any other exercise… “Use It or Lose It.”

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society, state “There is growing evidence indicating that certain medical conditions – such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity”. By leading a healthy and positive lifestyle, may reduce the risk. Research also shows the  importance of having an active life, which results in unique mental stimuli and responses.

Some might question if this is important? Figures show that it is estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer disease, including approximately 200,000 age <65 years who comprise the younger-onset AD population. In  decades to come, the aging of the baby boom generation is projected to result in an additional 10 million people with Alzheimers.

Make sure that you have an active social life and keeping physically fit ensure strong blood flow to the brain’s tiny vessels, this offers protection for the brain as you age.  Your brain needs to be stimulated by physical activity which helps to maintain the cardiovascular flow, while exposure to different sorts of experiences is important because it allows different parts of the brain to be activated.

So to summarize, exercise, learn things, interact, make sure the recommended foods are in your diet, be social and most importantly enjoy yourself!