- Aging & Longevity
Five Easy Ways To Boost Your Brain Power
Keep your brain young.
There are literally thousands of suggestions on the internet claiming to boost the power of your brain and keep it functioning efficiently into old age. Many are excellent and some quite useless. The following five suggestions can be easily incorporated into your daily life, and will not only increase your brain health but your general health as well.
1. Make sure your diet includes both omega three and omega six fatty acids, as these are considered the best brain food to keep the arteries clear, to ensure the functioning of the nerve cells, and to improve memory, and enable continuous learning. Cold water fish such as salmon are the best natural source of these fatty acids. If you cannot include fish in your diet at least twice a week, consider a supplement. Other good brain foods are leafy green vegetables, avocados, bananas, brown rise, berries and apples.
2. Exercise. Adequate daily exercise is essential for healthy aging brains as it is for aging bodies. Exercise increases the blood and oxygen reaching the brain, thus aiding in the ability to organize thoughts, plan, and problem solve. Cardiovascular exercise is best for the brain. It has proven to reduce stress and anxiety as well as depression. Exercise enables the brain to better remember, concentrate, and learn. If you are unsure of what type and how much exercise your should be getting, consult your family physician.
3. Keep the brain active through regular mental activities. These can include memory, numerical, word, or reasoning puzzles, learning a new language, or learning to play a musical instrument. Find new challenges to help your brain move in different directions. Join a book club. Start a discussion group. Volunteer. The more challenges you give your brain, the more efficiently it will function. The body continues to build new brain cells throughout your lifetime. Memory can be improved at any age.
4. Let your body relax. Consider such activities as yoga or mediation. These, and similar activities, help emotional functioning and decrease stress, improving sensory acuity, and the ability to think clearly and remain attentive. Any type of relaxation will help relax and renew brain function. Listen to music. Take a slow rambling walk. Sit quietly and daydream.
5. Get sufficient sleep. People need varying amounts of sleep, generally from six and one half to eight and one half hours per night. If you wake rested and refreshed, you are probably getting the right amount of sleep. During sleep the brain restores functioning and enables us to think logically and concentrate more efficiently. We obviously need sleep for our brains to function efficiently, however, exactly what the brain does during sleep is not yet fully understood.