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Tips To Keep Your Mind Young


Keeping Your Mind Young While many people think that a part of staying young and healthy is keeping their bodies in shape, many of them forget about the importance of keeping their mind young as well.

However, your brain is important for everything that you do from how you think and feel to being able to perform your day to day functions. Every year, more and more seniors lose their mental function to disorders like Alzheimers disease or dementia.

However, there are things that you can do help keep your brain working at its peak performance. Not only will these simple changes in your lifestyle improve your quality of life, everyone who does them has an impact on the countrys health and cost of healthcare.

As you get older, your whole body starts to slow down, which may also include your brain. Neglect of your brain can cause it to deteriorate even more. Keep in mind that science still has not found all the answers to all the mysteries of the brain, so even with doing everything that you should and could you could still come down with Alzheimers or another disease.

These are simply ideas and suggestions for making the best choices possible about your health. First is keeping your mind active. Activities that stimulate your mind help keep your brain muscles strong by improving brain cells and their connections. It may even help your brain create new nerve cells.

Staying active in your social life is important too. Doing things with friends and family make physical and mental activities fun. Plus, it can reduce your level of stress, which in turn helps the connections between brain cells stay healthy. Physical activity is important as well, since it keeps your brain receiving a good blood supply. 

Exercise Program

1. Spend 15 minutes longer in the shower and use an expensive soap or body wash. Or, take a relaxing, soothing bubble bath with mood lighting and a soothing scent in your bath. Vanilla and lavender scents are excellent for easing tension and relieving depression. 2. Sing! Yes sing, with the radio, your iPod, or your favorite record, tape, or CD.

Exercise also reduces your risks of other diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Lastly, make sure you eat your brain food. Foods with high cholesterol content are thought to be associated with strokes and damage to the brain. Low fat and cholesterol diets are better for you all around. 

Eating foods that contain plenty of antioxidants, like dark vegetables and fruits, can help protect your brain as well. There are things that affect your brain that you cannot control. Certain genetics and just getting older increase your risk of Alzheimers disease. It is not understood yet what exactly causes Alzheimers disease. Having a family member with the disease increases your risk, and a few cases have been associated to inheriting mutated genes. 

When you go out be sure to wear sunscreen to help protect your skin from aging, to quickly from sun damage. Drinking lots of water can also keep your skin young.

These are factors that you cannot control, though following the above steps may delay the disease or slow its progression. Keeping your brain young and healthy will definitely affect the quality of life you will have as you age. The Alzheimers Association website can assist you with more tips and suggestions of how you can improve the health of your brain. It also offers tips on dealing with Alzheimers disease if you or a loved one has been diagnosed and public forums where you can connect with others over the topic.

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