Many people do not realize there are scientifically proven ways to help support a healthy brain. Here, we take a look at 8 simple ways to keep your mind happy and healthy.
A study featured in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010 followed over 21,000 smokes for the course of 30 years.
Individuals who smoked two or more packs a day had a doubled rate of dementia as they aged. The good news is that individuals who quit smoking normalized their risk of dementia and had normal brain function as they aged.
The "Pygmalion effect" -- an effect where teachers (most times unknowingly) set higher standards for some children who then strive to meet those standards -- suggests that our expectations of others and ourselves are extremely powerful.
Try to keep a positive mindset and work toward reaching your goals with certainty, and you will help keep your brain healthy as a bonus!
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Even while asleep, the brain is still extremely active, trying to process all the information it took in during the day.
Adults generally need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night to function and stay sharp during the next day. Lack of sleep also leads to cravings, which can have a negative effect on our next tip for keeping a happy and healthy brain -- a healthy diet.
Power foods for the brain include eggs, berries, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, Omega 3 fatty acids, and other sources of antioxidants, high-quality proteins, and healthy fats.
These nutrients nourish the body and brain and help fuel it to function at its best.
The right herbal supplement can also help support a healthy brain.
Although techniques vary, meditation is generally centered around focused breathing and stillness to achieve a calm, relaxed state. New research is showing that meditation can help improve memory and concentration.
Stress impairs our ability to learn to the fullest, which may be why the stress-reducing benefits of meditation are so crucial for brain health.
Exercise helps encourage the growth of new brain cells as well as connections between brain cells by promoting growth factor production. These growth factors help reduce inflammation, slow cell destruction, and grow new blood vessels.
Good workout sessions can even help "wake up" dormant stem cells located in the part of the brain that controls our memory system, the hippocampus.
You can 'exercise' your brain to help keep it active. Try fun games such as Sudoku, crossword puzzles, or whatever interests you.
Another great way to train your brain is by opening yourself up to viewpoints you do not agree with. Listening openly to arguments and viewpoints you are opposed to can be a healthy way to exercise your brain!