The human brain is incredibly complex. Scientists and researchers are continuously unlocking new mysteries and findings about our brain. One thing that scientists do know is that exercising your brain can improve your memory and help to keep dementia away as you get older.
Your brain operates as a system of electrical and chemical signals that are constantly firing. In fact, the brain uses 20% of your body’s energy to function!
Steps to Stay Sharp
1. Eat good brain foods – Foods with high levels of antioxidants are great for your brain. These include foods like blueberries, kale, nuts, coffee and green tea.
2. Exercise – Regular exercise improves a range of cognitive functions, from math to comprehension to memory, and it can also help improve brain function in the early day’s of Alzheimer’s. Exercising increases the size of the hippocampus, which is essential for long-term memory.
3. Learn Something New – Your brain needs to workout just like your body. Stimulating your brain can, again, help delay Alzheimer’s but it also improves your current brain function. Consider reading more, learning a language, or picking up a new hobby.
4. Stay Social – Researchers found those with larger social networks of friends and family stayed sharper longer. It’s thought that it has to do with the “learn something new” benefit in that having conversations and staying up to date on others’ lives helps create new “wrinkles” in your brain.