You already know the benefits of a workout for your body, now it’s time to kick start your brain and here are 3 ways to do just that:
1. 1. Change up your brain diet
The right foods can enhance memory, build new brain cells and even help ward off Alzheimer's. Combining the following foods, part of a Mediterranean diet, can have a profound effect on the brain. Doctors believe this kind of diet may not only reverse the effects of aging but also activate the brain to generate more neurons.
- Olive oil, green tea and leafy greens (broccoli, spinach and kale)
- Beets, tomatoes and avocados
- Nuts (especially walnuts), curcumin (found in turmeric) and pomegranates
- Fish, blueberries, grapes, coffee and dark chocolate
2. Get moving
We know exercise is important but what is holding us back? For those that experience the brain fog that comes with age, remember that exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills – which could remove the fog altogether. Aerobic exercise is especially beneficial, and even better when combined with strength training. Take at least 30 minutes per day to get moving; it’s never too late to start.
3. Keep your brain working
Activities that challenge your mind can make a real difference on the health of your brain as you age. Think about activities that can revitalize your brain socially and intellectually – reading, writing or learning a new language. Venturing out and joining social groups, dancing, dating, or volunteering can stimulate and challenge your brain in a big way. As a result, people will think you’ve found the fountain of youth!
To learn more about free classes dedicated to brain health as part of Inter Valley Health Plan’s Bee Brainy program, please visit: www.forhealthandliving.com.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan