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Keeping Your Brain Active and Young

We often hear about the things that we need to do to take care of our overall health and the things to lose weight or to get fitter. But we can neglect that our minds are just as important to keep healthy as our bodies. But when was the last time you consciously did something to help your mind be healthy and keep it active? For starters, you might even be unsure of what to even be doing to keep your mind healthy. So next time you drink a smoothie or go to the gym for your body, try one of the following for your mind too:

Mental Stimulation

It has been proven that the more our minds are stimulated, the more connections between cells, and the more likely our brains will be to generate new cells. Helping to keep our minds healthy, rejuvenated, and young. So taking some time each day to use your brain in different ways can help. Of course, we will use our minds at work and at home, but we are using it in repetitive ways. So instead, think about doing puzzles or math problems, or things like Sudoku games.

Physical Exercise

When you use your muscles, you will also use your brain. So there is no reason to not be active and exercising more. It can be a good idea to try something new too. Taking a dance or Zumba class, as examples, are a good for body and mind, as you’ll have to follow instruction, but get your body to be coordinated too. So uses both mind and body. You could also mix it up with some fun things like going to an escape room, for instance. Again, this is a fun way to exercise your mind, but you’re physically active at the same time.

Eat Well

You might be surprised to hear that what goes into our bodies can help the health of our mind, as well as the health of our body. It has been shown that if you have a diet that is high in fish oils, nuts, fruit, and vegetables, much like a Mediterranean diet, then you’ll be less likely to suffer from dementia or any cognitive impairment. Although that can be hard to think about right now, it has got to be worth it in the long-term.

Care For Emotions

If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or sleep-deprived, then you’re more likely to have issues with cognitive function later down the line. So dealing with mental health issues and ensuring that you get enough sleep, will be what you need to do to ensure better mental health overall.

Improve Blood Sugar

Having type two diabetes has been connected to having dementia. So it makes sense to cut down the sugar that you eat, so that your overall blood sugar level is maintained and improved. You may even need medication to help your blood sugar stay more controlled. The above points can help with controlling your blood sugar levels too.

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