7 Recommendations to Have a Young Brain

· January 20, 2017

Some people spend hours in the gym exercising and others go on diets to lose weight. However, not many people devote time daily to exercising their mind.

Yes, your brain needs a workout just like the rest of your body.

If you want to have a young brain then this article is for you, as we’re going to tell you about some good habits you can do to achieve this goal.

The “normal” aging of the brain

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Like the body, the brain can age naturally or it can avoid this. The passing of time leaves a mark on the mind, but that doesn’t mean that mental alertness can’t be maintained until our last breath.

It’s good to know that cognitive aging begins when we’re born. Every day we lose a little of our mental capacity compared to the previous day. This is not bad, but normal.

While all brains age, the way each one does varies greatly.

Memory, processing speed, decision making, learning, and wisdom are within the “cognitive aspect” of the brain.

Older adults worry about maintaining this group in good condition. However, we should take care of this group much earlier.

How do you keep your brain young?

To prevent the mind from deteriorating faster than usual, it’s necessary to train and care for it from an early age. Some interesting tips that can stop this are:

Sleep

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Not only does the body get tired after a routine day. The mind needs to rest to recharge its batteries and be alert the next day.

If you are anxious, distressed or stressed it would be good for you to sleep for a while. The same thing happens if you find yourself overwhelmed by concerns or responsibilities. Resting is beneficial to your mental and physical health.

7 or 8 hours of sleep at night are not a luxury: it’s the minimum the brain needs to rest. If you could take a 20-minute nap after lunch then this will also be very good for your brain.

Do exercise

Physical activity is ideal for improving mental health. This is because it improves the heart rate and, as a consequence, blood circulation.

When the brain receives blood in adequate amounts and conditions, neurons can do their job better. In addition, gentle exercise supplies oxygen to the brain tissue and prevents it from deteriorating.

Have a balanced diet

Lleva una dieta equilibrada

Purple fruits and vegetables (grapes, blueberries, eggplants, beets) are the best options to avoid dementia.

They contain a wonderful ingredient called anthocyanin that helps blood flow and brain oxygenation. You can also find it in red fruits (blackberries, strawberries, cherries, etc).

In turn, you need to consume Omega 3 fatty acids (including mostly fish) and foods with antioxidant properties such as legumes, green tea, and nuts.

Try not to eat many fats and sugars, as these lead to diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. These are all conditions that negatively affect your brain.

Take care of your health

You should go to the doctor’s at least once a year to undergo a general examination that includes blood, urine, and electrocardiogram tests and whatever your doctor considers appropriate.

Moreover, pay attention to the medicines you take because some drugs combined with others have harmful effects on cognitive function: antidepressants, tranquilizers, antihistamines or bladder medicines, for example.

Don’t be tricked by products that promise to improve your mental functions. These vitamin supplements may be good for your physical health, but they’re not proven to be beneficial for your brain.

There’s no problem in consuming them (if the doctor says you can), but don’t expect miracles to happen.

Enjoy healthy hobbies

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In addition to sudoku or word puzzles, it’s also advisable to do other activities that are good for your health, such as going on a picnic, playing a game of cards in the garden, solving riddles in the park or reading in a field.

This way you won’t only be exercising your mind, but will also be in contact with nature. Your body (and your brain) will thank you for this!

Learn every day

Although your time as a student has long since ended, it’s always a good time to go back to books and notebooks.

You may not want to go to another college or be too busy to add a course to your schedule. However, you could read a journal article about a scientific discovery, a travelogue about a city that you like or a text about natural remedies, for example.

The important thing is that you never stop learning and challenge your brain. Another good idea is to be curious and ask yourself questions that you should investigate or find the answer to.

For instance, you could ask yourself how the northern lights emerge. What language is spoken in Iran? What are hectopascals? Maybe you studied certain topics in school but now don’t remember anything about them. The basic point is that you should look for the information you need!

You could also learn a language if you want. The brain has to do a different task when it doesn’t recognize the words that are telling it something or it has to translate them into a language it understands. Languages do not only serve when we travel: they are a way of knowing about other cultures and ways of life … And it will be excellent for your mind!

 

Be socially active

From a certain age, family obligations and commitments take up all of your free time. While this is very good, you also need to have contact with other people in different places.

For example, going to lunch with friends, having dinner with your cousins, meeting new people on your course are ways to do this. This is how you’ll feel refreshed, vitalized and happy.

How is this good for our brain? When we’re happy we create more hormones that are beneficial for our body, including the brain. We’ll be healthier if we put aside the stress and sadness in our life.