According to study by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, if you want your brain to stay sharp, make sure you exercise regularly, keep your heart healthy and take your medications. In order to preserve brain health, follow these guidelines:
- Exercise – For optimum effects, make sure each session is at least 30 minutes.
- Stay Social and Intellectually Active – Keep your brain active by engaging with others and challenge your brain by reading books or learning a new language.
- Eat Healthy – Diets such as the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) which contain nuts, beans, whole grains, vegetables, olive oil and Omega-3 fatty acids, may improve cognitive functions.
- Get Enough Sleep – Poor sleep is linked to cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and breathing disorders. It also puts you at a higher risk for dementia or memory problems.
- Keep Your Heart Healthy – High blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, especially in mid-life are linked to poor brain health.