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Our brains are the most important part of our bodies, even more important than our hearts, because without our brains, our hearts cannot function. As we grow older, one of the things that tends to be affected are our brains, and not taking caring of our brains is something that can lead to serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. While there are no sure-fire ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, taking care of your brain is incredibly beneficial and can certainly help you in more ways than one. In this blog, we’ll look at a small handful of ways that we can take care of our most precious asset, our brains.
Get Some Much Needed Rest
As we grow older, days can take a bigger toll on our bodies and minds than when we were younger. While adequate sleep is something that will help us feel better and rejuvenated in a physical sense, adequate rest is also integral for our brains to operate at maximum capacity. Not getting adequate rest because of things like insomnia can actually affect our ability to function during the day, but this has more to do with mental exhaustion than physical exhaustion. Think about it, if our brain’s haven’t been given an adequate amount of rest, then just like us when we don’t get enough sleep, our brains are unable to function at a regular or above average level. Not getting enough sleep can result in an overall decrease in memory function as well as thinking overall. Rest your body, rest your mind, and see results in the morning.
We don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, as exercise is something we’ve brought up in many other blogs in the past, but physical activity and exercise have been proven to also be beneficial for your brain in addition to your overall physical health. This has to do with the fact that exercise promotes blood flow throughout the body, which means increased blood flow to brain. Multiple studies have also found various correlations between increased physical activity and a reduced risk of overall cognitive deterioration.
Exercise Your Brain, Too!
physical exercise can have positive effects on your brain, but you can also exercise your brain by itself. Things like jigsaw puzzles and brain teasers exercise your brain in the same way that running or lifting weights exercise your body. If you’re not the puzzle-minded type, fear not, as there are many other ways to exercise your brain in general. Artistic activities like music and painting are just as beneficial as they stimulate your brain. Also, card games and board games can be beneficial as well. Essentially, anything strategic that requires a certain level of thinking and mental processing are all beneficial to keeping your brain healthy and happy.
Be a Student
Given, you don’t have to actually be graded, but taking a course at a community college or community center can provide your brain with the same sort of exercise that doing games or puzzles does. The difference here, is that when you take a course, you in theory are acquiring new information that you didn’t possess prior to taking the course. Using your brain for things like reading comprehension, studying for an exam and writing a paper can be incredibly stimulating and beneficial to your brain. Become an auditor, you’ll be surprised at how enjoyable it will be!
Much like how we’ve mentioned in previous blogs how exercise can be beneficial to your overall health, quitting smoking is very much the same. If you’re a smoker, it’s never too soon to quit smoking, and one can notice a change in their health almost instantaneously. In the case of brain power, studies have shown that smoking increases a person’s overall susceptibility to cognitive diseases. With that in mind, quitting smoking can reduce that risk. Then again, in the general sense, quitting smoking has numerous health benefits, both brain-related and otherwise, so if not for its brain-related benefits, quitting smoking is a good thing to do regardless.
Get Out and Be Social!
While growing older sometimes has a tendency to make us feel alone or alienated from our friends and family, being social can improve overall brain health. Whether it’s spending time with your family, meeting up with friends or going out to make new ones, spending time with others can make both us, and our brains happy. Best part of all, you can pursue many of the activities listed above with your friends, old and new. Go out and try new types of food that promote a healthier diet. Take a course at community college with a study buddy. Join a gym with a new pal. Quit smoking with a friend to make the process easier, as you’ll be doing it together. Whatever the case may be, spending time with others is not only beneficial to our brains, it’s beneficial to our health and happiness overall.
So there you have it, just a few ways that you can feed your brain and continue to stay healthy throughout the years. As stated earlier, there is no sure fire way to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, but we can do things that have been proven to reduce our risk of being susceptible to it and other diseases like it. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want our clients to be healthy and happy, and we are here to provide you with top notch affordable Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance plans. At Marketplace Agency, we do what’s right all the time, every time, and take pride in knowing that we’ve provided our clients with the best healthcare plans that perfectly fit their needs. Contact us today!