“Healthy living is all healthy brain strategy,” Dr. Wendy Suzuki. Dr Suzuzki is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University and an author. Her book Healthy Brain , Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better, was featured in a Medical Daily article.
According to Suzuki there are 4 simple ways to keep your brain healthy:
- Exercise – this is linked to improved mood, attention and memory as well as creativity and increased interests.
- Healthy, balanced diet – eating foods lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruits helps to lessen the risk of cognitive decline.
- Engagement – through “brain game” activities such as a Sudoku puzzle, crossword puzzles or building blocks for young children.
- Mental Health – research links depression with increased risk for cognitive decline, as does anxiety and stress.
The good news – many of these factors are interrelated and implementing one means you’re probably implementing another.
For example: If you are regularly working out – you are keeping both your physical and mental self in shape. Exercise is a known stress-reliever. It increases the chemical norepinephrine, which moderates the brain’s stress response and increases your mental health stability. Sometimes, even just taking a walk will do the trick – consult our blog Walking – Incredible Health Benefits! for more tips!
Additionally, the below list contains some habitual and strategic factors to keep in mind daily for healthy brain living:
- Not smoking
- Remembering to wear your seatbelt and helmet to prevent brain injury
- Being social within your community
Brain health is all about balance and making your brain a priority will improve its function for a lifetime.
Consult our other blog Create a Regular Brain Workout Routine for tips to keep our memory and cognitive skills in check!
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