HERE'S EXACTLY WHAT THE PROS DO DAILY TO KEEP THEIR MINDS SHARP

04.09.2021 15:11

Changes to your body and brain are normal as you age. However, there are some things you can do to help slow any decline in memory and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. From practicing meditation to eating a healthy diet, here's exactly what the pros do daily to keep their minds sharp.

  1. Meditate or Yoga


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Meditation has been shown to strengthen the prefrontal cortex—the region of the brain that's instrumental in processing, decision-making and planning. This region helps with high-level performance activities, but also daily tasks. It's as important a daily practice to stay focused and energized as eating a balanced diet.


Studies have shown that, compared to nonpractitioners, people who do yoga regularly have larger volumes of frontal cortex and hippocampus, which are brain regions that are important for cognitive functions, like memory and learning. In terms of how often you should practice yoga to maximize the brain-health perks, a minimum of once or twice a week is a great place to start.

  1. Drink Green Tea

Green tea contains several compounds that may contain beneficial properties for the brain, such as caffeine, L-theanine and catechins. These may help with different aspects of cognitive function, such as mood, memory and attention—and may also stave off dementia.

  1. Stick to a Sleep Schedule


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Sleep plays an important role in your brain health. There are some theories that sleep helps clear abnormal proteins in your brain and consolidates memories, which boosts your overall memory and brain health.


It is important that you try to get seven to eight consecutive hours of sleep per night, not fragmented sleep of two- or three-hour increments. Consecutive sleep gives your brain the time to consolidate and store your memories effectively. Sleep apnea is harmful to your brain’s health and may be the reason why you may struggle to get consecutive hours of sleep. Talk with your health care provider if you or a family member suspects you have sleep apnea.

  1. Stay mentally active

Your brain is similar to a muscle — you need to use it or you lose it. There are many things that you can do to keep your brain in shape, such as doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku, reading, playing cards or putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Consider it cross-training your brain. So incorporate different activities to increase the effectiveness.

I don’t recommend any of the paid brain-training programs available today. These programs often make promises that they can’t keep or focus on memorization skills that aren’t useful in everyday life. Your brain can get just as good of a workout through reading or challenging yourself with puzzles.  Finally, don’t watch too much television, as that is a passive activity and does little to stimulate your brain.

  1. Remain socially involved


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Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to connect with loved ones, friends and others, especially if you live alone. There is research that links solitary confinement to brain atrophy, so remaining socially active may have the opposite effect and strengthen the health of your brain.


Source: mayoclinichealthsystem, eatingwell


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