As we grow older, our quality of life depends much on our brain and our cognitive faculties. It is not enjoyable to lose our lucidity, our memory and having difficulty in concentrating. Here are some tips to keep your brain young!
Stay intellectually active! The brain works on neural networks. More often you ask these networks, the more you make them strong and do not let your number of neurons decreases. Instead, if you do not use your mental faculties, you accelerate the degeneration of cells and the loss of your cognitive abilities.
Make a variety of intellectual activities which need attention. The more you exercise, the more you increase your attention and concentration. These activities will also have a positive impact on your memory.
Do not miss any opportunity to learn. Learning requires the brain to create new neural networks. Thus, the more you learn, the more you train your brain to stay active.
Get enough and deep sleep. The third phase of sleep, REM sleep, is known to promote memory retention of learning that took place during the day. The fact of long and deep sleep will save you from memory loss.
Eat to live long and healthy
The daily consumption of certain molecules that occur naturally in foods decreases the chances of developing cancer. Is not this a great way to stay young when you know that the chances of developing cancer increases with age? Yes, it is!
The vegetables of the cruciferous (cabbage, broccoli, etc.), green tea, dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa), garlic and onion, soybean, citrus, tomatoes, berries, like blueberries and raspberries, turmeric and even red wine are among these foods. Thanks to these foods, it is nice to take care of the health!
To keep your cardiovascular system young, consume unsaturated and non-hydrogenated (trans) vegetable oils, such as olive oil (monounsaturated), walnut oil (polyunsaturated) and flax seeds. Avoid processed foods (cakes, crackers, dinners, etc.), above all, fast foods, which are rich in carbohydrates and lipids. Finally, lower your daily intake of salt, which will minimize your risk of arteriosclerosis.
Incorporate daily physical activity
- Take public transportation instead of your car.
- Walk whenever you get the chance. For example, get off a stop early from the bus or subway.
- Whenever possible, vanish escalators and elevators from your life. Take the stairs instead!
- Choose dynamic activities, such as walking outdoors, rather than in sedentary activities, such as film.
- Sign in courses that promote exercise rather than inaction (yoga, dance, etc.).