Keeping Your Brain Fit

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Posted: 9/1/2017 2:39 PM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare through our unique HomeLife Enrichment® Program we strive to assist our clients in keeping their minds fit with brain fun & fitness games. Many experts now believe that you can delay, if not prevent, any mental decline by incorporating the following 10 ways of boosting your brain’s health.

  1.  Exercise—Physically active people can reduce their risk of dementia by 30 to 40 percent.

  2.  Weight Training—Studies have shown that resistance training can increase brain growth factors, which protect nerve cells.

  3.  Learn Something New—Challenging your brain does in fact increase the number of brain cells and the connections between them.

  4.  Relax—Regular, chronic stress can lead to impaired memory because it floods your brain with cortisol.

  5.  Go Greek—Eating a diet rich in fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans (otherwise known as a Mediterranean diet) has been shown to reduce Alzheimer’s risk by 34 to 48 percent in Columbia University studies.

  6.  Spice It Up— Many herbs and spices are high in antioxidants, which may help build brainpower.

  7.  Set a Goal—Having a clear path or mission in life can reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease.

  8.  Socialize—People who need people, well, they may be protected against dementia because social interaction provides emotional and mental stimulation.

  9.  Reduce Other Risk Factors—Many chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, have been linked with an increased risk of dementia.

  10.  Take a Vitamin—Declines in digestive acids or as a result of medication interference can inhibit your absorption of some of the nutrients you need from foods, particularly B12, which can affect your brain’s vitality.

Incorporate some or all of these tips into your daily life and you will be doing your part to keep your mind sharp and your brain active long into your golden years.

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