Our brain is responsible for every part of our bodies, including all our major functions such as breathing, eating, and sleeping. It is easy to forget to care for your brain health, but there are also simple ways to provide your brain with the proper nutrients it needs. Here are easy ways that you can help improve brain functioning and prevent cognitive decline.
Even though your brain doesn’t rely on cardio exercise as much as the heart does, it still thrives on exercise. Walking around your environment can be helpful for the brain to know it’s surroundings, making them able to store better information. Scientists say to walk two miles a day to help with brain power. Two miles is not much considering all the walking we do around the house, at the store and at work. Research has shown that walking everyday can reduce your chances of developing dementia by 60%.
2.) Stop researching everything
Next time you’re curious about a quick statistic, try not to type it into a search engine. Quick answers to topics can weaken your brain, the easier it is to find information the less likely it is to stick to in your mind. If you’re interested in a topic try and read a full article about it or pick up a book. Learning more about a subject will make it easier for your brain to remember information.
3.) Eat foods rich in vitamin E
Vitamin E supports brain function and growth, and foods like olives and nuts have plenty of vitamin E. Research shows that since olives and nuts are a staple in the Mediterranean diet, they have shown better quality of life than people who eat other foods. Eating nuts, olives, and oily fish will support brain power for the rest of your life.
4.) Have good sleep hygiene
You know that getting a full night’s sleep is beneficial to every part of the body, but good sleep hygiene has been shown to support brain activity. Sleep hygiene means that nothing should disturb your sleep. For example, phones, tablets, and TVs can disrupt our sleep patterns if we indulge in them to close before our bed time. Try and turn the gadgets off at least an hour before it’s time for bed, to ensure your brain gets the rest it needs to perform at it’s best.
5.) Dress to impress
Studies have shown that if you dress more formal than casual your brain will reward you with better thinking skills. That’s why more schools are enforcing a dress code for students to follow because it can increase their thinking on tests and other assignments.
6.) Learn a language
We know it sounds like a tough activity to participate in. However, studies have shown that people who practice their language learning skills have better memory and brain growth. Learning a language is like doing exercises at the gym; it keeps your brain learning new information and helps it grow stronger. Try to study some new words in a different language twice a week, even this little action will have your brain thanking you.
These simple tips can help you prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia from developing in the future. Be sure to take care of your brain, because you will be properly caring your entire body and mind. If you need a brain MRI, be sure to make an appointment at our Open MRI center!