by NativeRemedies on January 21st, 2010 at 7:00 am
The older we get the more important it is to keep our bodies in shape by eating right and exercising, however, exercising the brain is just as important. Studies have shown that individuals above the age of 65, who engage themselves in daily mental activities, ward off ailments such as memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Why do certain activities help? Is just reading the newspaper alone enough to combat the symptoms of an aging brain?
Learning new strategies, reading novels, doing crossword puzzles, or engaging in other mentally demanding activities stimulates your brain cells. These activities enhance the connection between the brain cells and slow down the rate of age-associated memory loss, but what type of activities should you be doing to guarantee healthy brain function.
Crossword puzzles can be answered by the young and old, but a 21 year study performed in the United States, showed that seniors who answers crossword puzzles four days a week were twice as likely to lower their risk of dementia compared to those who answered crosswords once a week. The question is why do they help so much?
Crossword puzzles can help develop:
- Problem solving
- Remembering people’s names
- Remembering simple tasks
Reading a novel instead of the newspaper can help seniors delve into the mind of the author and keeping them guessing as to what will happen next, also you never know maybe learn a few new words.
Learning something new is a great way to improve memory and keep Alzheimer’s at bay. If you have ever wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, or even learn new language the time is now, get in contact with your local music store, or even take some classes at your college.
Exercise is key for a healthy brain; it stimulates brain growth, reduces the risk of heart disease and improves circulation. Try something simple like walking around the block after dinner, gardening, or fishing. This is your chance to do whatever makes you happy for the sake of your health.
Yes, there is such a thing as brain food, when we were younger, we were told to eat a good breakfast in order to pay attention in school, well that statement couldn’t be more accurate! Our brains need nutrition in order to focus, when we don’t feed it properly, we will lose concentration and start to forget simple things. Start a meal plan for yourself that includes foods filled with anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Supplements always help to feed the body with nutrients, and luckily, there are natural ingredients that can help-without the risk of any side effects. Herbs like Rosemary, Sage and Ginkgo biloba, all have a reputation for supporting the memory.
Thinking about aging can get a little scary but by incorporating some of the above activities, foods and herbs into your life, you can be sure your brain will be in optimal shape for your golden years!
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