Keep in mind 27 August, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
Aging can slowly affect your cognitive abilities. However, you can keep your mind young and agile longer if you stimulate it more frequently.
Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States affirm that the brain begins to age before you turn 30, but you can slow the beginning of age-related memory loss with certain exercises that serve as mental workout. The following are some tips that will help keep your mind active.
- Develop your social life. It is important to stay in touch with others, either with family and friends or by participating in some group activity. Experts from the University of Toronto explain that interacting with other people stimulates the neurons in the brain that are responsible for learning, making them find new ways to connect with each other.
- Try not to get stressed. High levels of stress increase the amounts of cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline that circulate through and are produced by the body. According to research from the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, [RK1] if these are produced in excess, they can negatively affect memory, especially episodic memory (the memory responsible for retaining experiences or events that have a special meaning).
- Nourish your brain. The Royal Society also emphasizes the importance of nutrition. The brain is one of the body’s organs that needs the most energy. When you fast for a prolonged amount of time, the body begins to force it to function in order to meet all its needs; this wears down the brain and can affect brain functions in the short to long term.
Foods such as olive oil, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains are essential for memory.
Don’t be surprised! Memories associated with an intense emotional load are better stored in your memory. According to the neurologist, researcher and director of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (Ineco) of Argentina and author of the book “Usar el cerebro” (Use the brain), emotions generate chemical triggers in the body that help develop memories and give them a relevant meaning.
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