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Ways to keep your brain young and active

As we get older, our brain does too.  Mental and cognitive decline is something many fear as they grow older.  However, it’s not entirely inevitable.  there are some great ways you can reduce your risk of age-related memory loss.

Get mental stimulation

Treat your brain like a muscle.  Just like your other muscles, if you don’t give it a “work out”, it will get weak.  Scientific research supports evidence that brain-enhancing activities create new connections between nerve cells and can potentially help the brain generate new cells.  You can give your brain  a “work out” every day through a variety of fun activities.  Read more, buy yourself a puzzle to put together, draw, paint or do some other fun crafts.

Get physical exercise

Using the muscles in your body can also lead to a healthier mind.  Not only does exercise reduce stress, weight and offer your mind to relax, there is evidence that exercise also leads the development of nerve cells and increases the connections between brain cells.

Improve your diet

One of the most important things to do when it comes to living a complete, healthy lifestyle is to ensure your diet is filled with good nutrition.  Some great ways to ensure you are eating well are the following:

Keep close watch on your calories.  Reducing caloric intake has been linked to a lower risk of mental decline as we get older.

Eat the right foods by reducing excessive saturated fats and unnecessary cholesterol.

Increase your intake of Vitamin B’s. Vitamin B, folic acid, B6 and B12.  Including a daily dose of B vitamins in your diet can reduce your risk of dementia.

Avoid tobacco & don’t abuse alcohol

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it really is important for not just your brain, but you overall health. Excessive drinking is a major risk factor for dementia, so just limiting yourself to the occasional glass of wine or beer instead of drinking every single evening and weekend.

Build a sound social network

Keeping active with family and friends is an excellent way to keep your mind healthy.  Just like exercising your brain with puzzles and creativity, having a strong social connection with others keeps you feeling fresh and young.  Surrounding your life with those you care about will afford you a variety of opportunities to relish every moment and will even keep you wanting to stay healthy.

What are some of your favorite brain-enhancing activities?

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Nick Eugenis
Nick Eugenis is the Digital Content Specialist at Beltone. Nick supports the digital marketing efforts of Beltone along with providing assistance to various Beltone locations throughout North America. He spends his free time with his wife, daughter and Shiba Inu named “Hachi”.

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