The brain is one if the body’s most important organs and requires constant care and upkeep; staying away from habits that are toxic to your health are important to its functioning.
The Alzheimer’s Association in the United States offers some recommendations for keeping the mind active to incorporate into our daily lives.
- Our mental health affects our heart: Exercise every day to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.
- Numbers speak volumes: Keep your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels at the recommended levels.
- Manage what you eat: Our diet also affects our mental health. Eat less fat and more foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as strawberries and spinach.
- Exercise: This keeps circulation flowing and can help generate new brain cells. One walk a day can improve the health of the body and mind.
- Keep your brain active: Read, write, learn new things and practice games that challenge your mental skills such as dominoes or chess.
- Be social: Activities that involve physical, mental and social elements can reduce the risk of severe memory loss.