Along with exercising your body, tending to the health and fitness of your brain is key to living a long, rewarding life. The aging process can cause some cognitive decline, but research shows that by keeping your brain “fit,” you can help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Even better? There are changes you can make right away to improve your short- and long-term brain health.
Follow a Healthy Diet
Whether you’re on the Blood Type, GenoType or SWAMI Diet, including plenty of leafy green vegetables, fruits that contain antioxidants, and healthy fats and oils may help to protect your brain cells. Check out this chart to find brain superfoods right for your type. As an added bonus, a healthy diet can also stave off cardiovascular disease, which research has found to have some correlation with Alzheimer’s.
Stay Physically Active
Exercise fuels your cardiovascular system, pumping nourishing blood and oxygen to your brain. In fact, every heartbeat pumps about 20 to 25 percent of your blood to your head, where brain cells utilize the food and oxygen it carries. Staying active keeps this system running smoothly.
Curious what type of exercise is best for you? Head over to our blog post, “How to Work Out for Your Type.”
Remain Socially and Intellectually Active
Research has found that people who engage in meaningful relationships and continue to participate in learning endeavors have healthier brains. It’s believed that positive connections formed between people can reduce stress levels, and release serotonin and other chemicals in the brain that trigger a feeling of happiness. Intellectual stimulation from continuous learning, meanwhile, helps to build new connections within the brain and may even generate new nerve cells. With all that upside, why not take a class or pick up a new hobby?
Most of the vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy brain function are found in the foods you eat. But if you feel the need for a boost, D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition’s all-natural personalized supplements are made to provide that extra support:
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Do your brain a favor and try these tips this week. Sticking to a healthy diet, keeping active, meeting up with friends, and choosing the right supplements for you can help you kick start your brain fitness routine.