It’s natural for our memory abilities and cognitive function to decline a little as we age. But just like the rest of our bodies, there are certain things we can do throughout our lives to protect our brains and keep them in good condition, helping to slow down or even reverse the effects of aging. Looking after your brain health can also reduce your chances of developing dementia or can slow down the progression of symptoms for those suffering from dementia.
Here are some simple ways you can look after your brain health…
Work out your brain
Imagine that your brain is a muscle and it needs regular training to keep it sharp. Exercising your brain in different ways helps to strengthen your neural pathways and can even form new ones. Keep your brain active by reading, doing puzzles, learning a new language, or in lots of other ways. Conversing and socializing regularly is also good for keeping your brain active and looking after your mental health.
Work out your body
Yes, regular exercise is also good for your brain as well as your body. Cardiovascular exercise gets blood pumping faster around the body to all of your muscles, tissues, and organs, including the brain. This means more oxygen and other nutrients are being delivered to the brain, which can boost its function when you exercise regularly.
Watch what you eat
Your diet can also have an impact on your brain health. Try to reduce your intake of salt, processed foods, and foods that are high in sugar. Instead, focus on healthy fats, oily fish, whole grains, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Here are some more foods that can help to support your brain health.
Have you noticed how your brain feels a little foggy the morning after a bad night’s sleep? Maybe you find it hard to focus or you have more memory lapses. A good night’s sleep helps your brain consolidate memories from the past day, and frequently not getting enough sleep isn’t good for your brain health. Try to get between 7 and 9 hours’ sleep each night.
Avoid cigarettes and alcohol
Frequent smoking and drinking can also be bad for your brain health, especially when done frequently. If you’re a smoker, try to quit or at least cut down to protect the health of your brain. And if you’re a drinker, again limit how often you drink and how many alcoholic drinks you consume when you do.
Small changes can make a big difference to your brain health in the long run, and it’s never too early to start taking these steps to look after your brain and cognitive health. Brookstone Terrace of Woodruff are specialists in memory care, so we’re here to support you or your loved ones with a dementia diagnosis. Get in touch to find out more about our assisted living and memory care.