As we get older, the natural tendency is to start forgetting about different things. Also known as “senior moments,” it is something that we certainly do not look forward to. The sad thing is that even before we reach the actual senior years, our brain cells are already dying slowly, and therefore, our brain power is starting a slow and consistent decline. Studies show that by the time we reach the age of 39 or early 40s, the brain power that we had been developing since childhood would have reached its peak, and would start fading.
However, all is not lost. While the fact remains that the day will come when we’ll probably be forgetting about everything, there is still hope that we may put a slight delay on that degrading event. We cannot stop it, but we might suspend it until much later. That would provide us with more time to enjoy life, and to spend more moments thinking about the good old memories.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
One of the most important things that we can do in order to keep our memory strong is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Having a good diet is one thing, like doing away with too much meat. Instead, eating light and taking in fruits and vegetables is the way to go. A healthy life also entails that you keep yourself physically fit through exercises. This helps in maintaining good blood circulation, which can bring a steady supply of oxygen to the brain. On the other hand, eating foods high in sugar content can easily increase the blood sugar level in the body. Even a slight increase could easily kill brain cells.
Be an active person
Talking about exercise, it goes without saying that we should not spend too much time sitting down and doing nothing. The body needs to be stretch in order to function well. It is a common sight nowadays to see older ones taking part in walking exercises, aerobics, and others. Sitting down in front of the TV for more than 7 hours a day may cause great risks for the memory during the latter stages of our lives.
Exercise your brain each time you have the chance
As for the brain, exercising it can also help keep it in good shape. Puzzles, cross words, or simply reading would keep your brain in tip-top condition. However, one thing to avoid if at all possible is multitasking. The reason behind this is that you would have a hard time focusing on a specific target. It could also make the brain overworked without being naturally synchronized. Some people think that answering the phone while texting someone else and at the same time watching TV is a cool thing. The truth is this could be a dangerous threat to your brain health and may not be seen immediately until the latter years. It can really be a damaging experience for any one.
Keep stress away trough relaxing and meditation
Another essential thing for a good brain is to stay away from stress as much as you can. Its well known that stress and anger increase the production of Cortisol, a hormone that can be harmful to the body if there is an excessive supply. The surplus of this substance may destroy brain cells and interfere with the normal communication between the brain and other parts of the body. One way to deal with stress is to relax and meditate. Relaxing can extinguish stress quickly, thus bringing the body into a normal state as well. When people are in a stressful condition, they tend to have a disorganized way of thinking. Taking the time to relax can help tone down the body’s Cortisol level, and clearing the mind of negative thoughts. Successful relaxation usually results in people having better decision making and able to deal better with stressful conditions.
Finally, keeping up with your social life is very important, versus isolating yourself. Socializing with other people allows you to express yourself openly and to listen to what other people say as well. Keeping oneself in isolation only increase the chances of getting stressful.
Keeping your brain nimble and quick is as important as growing. By giving yourself time to relax your brain, as well as maintaining a good healthy life, you may slow down the aging process of your brain.
|The information presented is not intended to, and does not in anyway, constitute or replace a medical advice, and it should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem. The information is provided for educational purposes only, and is based upon the authors’ personal experiences or point of view. If you think you have a health problem, please consult a qualified medical professional..|