No matter how old you are, we all have moments when we walk into a room to get something and forget what we were looking for or forget where you put something and sometimes even the names of people.
I’ve devised a list of things to help keep your mind sharp and ensure that those alarming moments are minimised.
Fishy! – Try and eat fish at least once a week
According to research by Martha Clare Morris, an associate professor of internal medicine and an epidemiologist, people who eat fish at least once a week reduce their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 60 percent. Martha Clare Morris discovered that a weekly meal that includes seafood can possibly slow cognitive decline by 10 percent per year which is the equivalent of going back three or four years.
The reason for this is that there is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain and in cold water species of fish, such as salmon and cod, or, to put it simply, it’s because of DHA.
Fit! – A healthy body is a healthy mind
Just as I wrote in yesterday’s post, it is important to have a healthy body in order to take full advantage of your mind.
The prefrontal and temporal lobes of your brain shrink an average of 1-2% per year as you get older, if you exercise then this reverses and grows at a rate of 1-2% per year.
If you are overweight then you’re using unnecessary effort to carry around your extra weight and this saps the valuable energy that your brain could be using to do something productive. However, being underweight can be even worse news as your brain lacks the energy to keep a healthy, full-functioning mind running.
Learn! – Learn a new skill or craft
Engaging your mind in learning a new skill is important to keep a sharp mind as it ensures that your brain is keeping well educated.
Learning a new skill can help you become better at whatever you already excel in as well as opening new connections with people in your niche and in social circles.
Game! – Engage in brain games
You can find brain games all over the internet that can help you improve in certain areas of your brain letting you develop a sharper mind.
Good luck in keeping a sharp brain, if you have any more tips, feel free to share!
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- Advantages of Eating Fish Foods (refreshingnews99.blogspot.com)
- Bees Do It: Brain Aging Reversed (livescience.com)
- New study finds how a single brain trauma may lead to Alzheimer’s disease (medicalxpress.com)
- Top 10 Best Foods For Brain Health (thesciencebulletin.wordpress.com)
- New microchip helps take detailed images of brain (calgaryherald.com)
- How to Keep Your Mind Sharp (everydayhealth.com)
- Exercise May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s – WebMD (webmd.com)
- Alzheimer’s more aggressive in the ‘younger elderly’: Study (todayonline.com)