BENEFICIAL BRAIN BOOSTERS:
TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR
BRAIN FUNCTION
Brain plasticity refers to the brain's tendency to change with use and age. Simply put, the more we use our brains, the stronger they can become. Use these tips to help keep your mind in good shape and fend off the effects of aging.
BRAIN FOOD
Eating a healthy diet does as much for your mind as for your body.
That's especially true if you eat a Mediterranean diet
rich in leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
Studies show that people who eat this kind of diet exhibit improved brain function and slower cognitive decline compared with individuals who don't.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Even if you're finished with school, you don't have to stop learning.
In fact, learning another language or picking up a new hobby can boost your brain's activity and enhance its ability to process information.
MAKE MUSIC
Children who learn a musical instrument have been shown to do better at school.
Music can help adult brains, too. Whether you learn to play or just listen to instrumental music while you work, the interaction of music and your brain helps strengthen your mind.
HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS
An active social life does more than improve your mood.
Socializing with friends and family can reduce your risk for developing dementia and can keep your brain active.
GET MORE EXERCISE
Being in good physical shape means you can help your brain stay in good shape, too.
Regular exercise can minimize the effects of aging on the brain.
When your heart rate increases, your body also releases the protein brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which keeps brain cells healthy.
PLAY GAMES
Brain-boosting games and puzzles help your mind stay limber.
By doing a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, you challenge your brain to make new connections and solve problems.
Card games or puzzle games for your phone also can be a good way to get mental exercise. It's important, however, to find a new challenge once the games become too easy.
GET THE SCENT
Smell is the sense most connected to memory, and certain scents may increase your brain's cognitive powers.
Peppermint, rosemary and lavender essential oils can stimulate new development in your neural pathways along with promoting relaxation.
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