Brain Exercises That Keep Your Mind Young
Improve Your Memory and Stay Sharp As You Age!
As you age, your brain becomes a little less limber if you don’t take steps to keep the cogs oiled. Fortunately, it’s a piece of cake to work your noodle so read on to see what you have to do to stay sharp.
Yup, that’s right. Your brain can be exercised just like any other part of your body for better health. Using several different levels of brain-teasing pictures as well as puzzles are a couple great ways to work your second most important organ.
Your brain can get weaker as you get older and needs to be used frequently for maintenance as well as for strengthening purposes. You can actually improve your memory and your brainpower with a little bit of effort.
Not only are sight exercises helpful, but so are physical exercises that most would not realize are mainly benefiting their minds. One such exercise would be juggling. If you can’t juggle then just switch hands while doing a task that you normally do with the other hand. Same goes for your feet, legs, fingers, elbows, etc.
If you write with your right hand, try writing with your left hand. It’s as simple as that and don’t get upset if you can’t master the task. It’s just an exercise – that’s all. If you take it too seriously, you’re causing unnecessary stress and who needs more of that?
Take a Nap
Studies conducted at Berkeley have shown that students who take a nap before taking memory tests score higher than those who don’t nap beforehand. Exercise is good, but resting is equally as good in conjunction.
Another way to help with memory is as simple as rapidly moving your eyes from one side to another. Doing this causes your brain’s two hemispheres to interact with each other more efficiently. In cases of temporary amnesia, this can help bring back your memory or pull up information from within.
What’s this? Weight loss again? Yes. Extra pounds can actually shrink your brain.
In a 2009 study, brain scans of older adults revealed that overweight individuals had an average of 4% less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals. In obese people the loss of tissue was so significant that their brains appeared 16 years older than those of thinner people.“By eating more calories, you’re also consuming more fat,” says study author Paul Thompson, PhD, a neurology professor at UCLA School of Medicine. “The fat clogs arteries that feed the brain, which in turn causes brain cells to wither.” That loss can impair memory, mood, movement, speech, and more.
So yes, losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is good for your brain’s health as well as your body.
Feed your brain! Here are some good brain foods to help keep your mind healthy:
- Swiss cheese
- Brussels sprouts
- Olive oil
- Coffee beans
Look up healthy recipes that incorporate these foods to feed your brain, or if you’re interested in some good juice recipes, check out our article on juicing.
Stay away from chronic stress because it will actually cause damage to your brain. Prolonged exposure to the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and other brain chemicals can actually kill neurons by exciting them to death, so take it easy. Find ways to lower stress and abolish it completely if you can.
Cholesterol can cause a clot in the tiny blood cells leading to a stroke in your brain. You won’t even know you have it. What it will do is slow down the speed of information in your brain tissue. Eat fresh nuts to lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol to a healthier level. The type of nut really doesn’t matter but almonds are amazing for you.
This disorder is marked by loud snoring and exhaustion upon waking because your airway spontaneously closes or becomes blocked for several seconds at a time. The result—a dip in the oxygen level in your blood, can cause brain cells to starve. You may experience this as brain fog, poor memory, or anxiety. Seek out help and do some research on sleep aids that open your airways. Click here to find products that may help with your sleep apnea.
You don’t have to deal with lesser brain function and poor memory just because you’re getting older. As with everything else, being proactive is your best defense. Now, wiggle your eyes, sign your name with the wrong hand, and feel smarter!
If you know of any neat brain tricks, tell us about them in the comments section below.