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25 MORE Tips for Ultimate Brain Health

 

Brain health is important at all ages of life. This post shares another 25 tips for ultimate brain health! Find the ones that work best for you!

25 MORE Tips for Ultimate Brain Health

Today is part two of the 2-part Tips of Brain Health series! If you missed last week’s be sure to check it out!

Let’s jump in and discuss 25 more brain health tips!

Chess

Multiple studies (On the effect of chess training on scholastic achievement, William M. Bart) suggest that children who play chess for just two hours a week display enhanced mathematical and verbal skills. Despite the fact that there are no verbal communications during the game, chess improves skills by employing every ability.

 

Read

Reading keeps the brain stimulated, but you can take it to the next level and improve cognitive function by tackling difficult reading material. Don’t worry, you don’t need to start reading complicated medical texts or anything like that. Mystery novels are an excellent way to increase the capacity of your brain, because there is mystery, intrigue, and storylines tend to be highly involved.

 

Video Games

Regardless of the type of video game you enjoy, it’s great for improving spatial orientation, multitasking, and vision. It’s also an excellent way to improve reaction time.

 

Learn an Instrument

Whether you prefer the drums, keyboard, or a guitar- playing an instrument is fun, it’s a great way to relieve stress, provide yourself with relaxation, and entertain yourself. It goes far beyond that, though, stimulating spatial and visual skills, motor control, as well as hearing.

 

Eat Spicy Foods

Certain spices are effective in the preservation of cognitive function and memory. This is because certain spices contain polyphenols, which are known for their antioxidant properties which serve to protect the nervous system. Additionally, polyphenols work to prevent Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and lateral sclerosis. So, what spices are helpful? Cilantro, cinnamon, cumin, and sage are great ways to boost your memory.

 

Sculpting & Painting

There are many powerful ways to develop your brain, two of those ways are in the appreciation and creation of art. If you sculpt or paint you’re developing new skills like textural and color discrimination, creative thinking, and spatial differentiation.

 

Yoga

Yoga isn’t just an excellent way to improve your spiritual and physical wellbeing, it also has brain benefits. Yoga elevates the GABA levels of the brain, which defends against mood disorders, including depression. It improves cognitive functions and levels of concentration.

 

Sleep

Studies have shown that sleep is necessary to restore neurobehavioral function, improves the ability to think, concentrate, pay attention, and improves mood. Additionally, REM sleep is necessary for memory retention.

 

Hydrate

The brain requires water to function, because it increases oxygen levels and hydrates brain cells. A fluid balance is necessary for the brain to secrete hormones, transmit impulses, and produce neurotransmitters. Your brain cells require twice the energy of any cells within the body, and water provides this more effectively than anything else does.

 

Nap  

Naps are great to recover from a poor night’s sleep. A good nap helps improve memory and focus, reversing any negative effects from a sleepless night. A nap is a great way to improve alertness.

 

Explore Your Senses

Limit your senses to challenge your brain. Try eating with your eyes shut, and concentrate on the different flavors, textures, and smells of the food that you’re eating. Limiting your senses will enhance the potential of different regions of your brain.

 

Your Genealogy

While it is unclear why, studies have found that those who trace their genealogy perform better in cognitive tests. It may be because discovering your roots provides you with insight to the present.

 

Puzzle Solving

Your brain needs to be stimulated, and a great way to do that is by solving puzzles. It’s important to mix it up and complete different types of puzzles every day. So, if you love sudoku make sure you also complete crossword puzzles, and other brain teasers. Puzzle solving increases the brain’s glucose uptake and increases oxygen, too. It’s an efficient stimulant, releasing dopamine, thus increasing new brain cell growth.

 

Self-Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis is an effective way to alter your thought process. You can learn how to change your focus, which can reduce stress levels, increase thinking skills, as well as improve pain tolerance.

 

Learn A New Language

Being bilingual is known to prevent neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s. Studies from York University (Bilingualism: Consequences for Mind and Brain; Bialystok, et al) suggest that bilingual speakers experience a slower development of dementia symptoms, and older adults display advanced levels of cognitive function compared to monolingual adults of the same age.

 

Positive Relationships 

It’s important to maintain positive relationships, these satisfy your emotional and social needs, staving off mental illnesses. Dysfunctional relationships and social inadequacies are often associated with anxiety, which then results in depression and mood disorders. Studies (The relationship between social support and functional capacity in elderly persons with cognitive alterations; de Brito, et al) suggest that healthy relationships promote the preservation of memory in the elderly.

 

Good Conversation

Conversation is more than passing time or building friendships, it’s effective in improving cognitive function and memory. The University of Michigan found that socializing is directly related to improving cognitive abilities.

 

Forget Routine

While a sleep routine is helpful, breaking your typical routine provides your brain with a stimulus. Changing your routine keeps your brain active and thinking. People who do the same thing every day at the same time often tend to have a decreased mental capacity. You can start changing things up by changing your coffee or food order, and switching which hand you brush your teeth with.

 

Stay Organized

Accepting a mess isn’t healthy for your mental health. Your brain is a machine, it needs to stay stimulated, so organizing your space improves the aesthetic, and your cognitive functions and memory, too. You’re also less likely to lose things when your home and work spaces are clean and organized.

 

Learn New Skills

In his book, Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick, Jeremy Dean suggests that it does not take too long of a time span in repeating something for it to become a habit.

However long it takes, once your brain is adept at a skill, the brain no longer requires an effort to complete the task. Your brain is in automatic mode, carrying out the learned skill. This is why it’s important to regularly learn new skills to keep the brain active, engaged, and constantly stimulated.

 

Write It Out

We have become accustomed to texting on phones, and typing on computers. Many people rarely have a need to write by hand. However, it remains an effective way for the brain to process information. The movement the fingers make while writing by hand activates areas of the brain related to thinking, language, and memory. So, while you may prefer to keep your to-do list in your phone, grab a pen and write it out instead.

 

Say It Out Loud

Saying words out loud is an excellent way to improve memory. So, if you’re studying or trying to absorb new information, read out loud, it really does make a difference.

 

Stay Positive

Worry, stress, anxiety, and depression make for one unhealthy brain. If you have a negative outlook on life, you are more likely to experience psychiatric conditions and brain disorders. You can make a change by engaging in positive affirmations and self-talk. Leave yourself notes to keep your thoughts positive, you’ll find yourself more motivated to learn new skills.

 

Quit Smoking

Your brain relies on oxygen, and smoking sends free radicals and carbon monoxide its way instead. This injures blood vessels and decreases cognitive ability. We know that smoking causes cancer, but it also increases the risk of stroke.

 

Drop Drugs & Alcohol

When we worry about alcohol consumption, we generally worry about the health of the liver, as opposed to brain health. Drinking alcohol in moderation is okay, but using it habitually disrupts the function of the brain. Unfortunately, the areas of the brain most affected by alcohol (and drugs) are those relating to behavior control, cognition, the ability to retain information, and the ability to judge information to make informed decisions.

Final Thoughts

Brain health is vital for every age, but it’s especially important as you approach middle age, because this is the time when changes in the brain start to happen. If you wish to lead a healthy brain life, you need to look after it, as well as your heart, and your body. The earlier you start, the better off you, and your brain, will be. We’ve seen the research which suggests that leading a healthy brain life reduces the risk of dementia in your later . If you wish to lead a healthy brain life, you need to look after it, as well as your heart, and your body. The earlier you start, the better off you, and your brain, will be. We’ve seen the research which suggests that leading a healthy brain life reduces the risk of dementia in your later years.. If you wish to lead a healthy brain life, you need to look after it, as well as your heart, and your body. The earlier you start, the better off you, and your brain, will be. We’ve seen the research which suggests that leading a healthy brain life reduces the risk of dementia in your later years.

While there is no guarantee, the evidence is there to show that in adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of dementia, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases (such as diabetes).

Your brain is essentially a supercomputer, and you protect your computer by installing a reputable antivirus, and by being careful about what you click and where you visit. You should make the same smart decisions for your brain, ensuring that you make smart diet decisions, provide it with constant challenges, and regularly engage in physical activity.

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle for the good. It isn’t going to cost you a fortune, or exhaust you.

Achieving the ultimate health of your brain is simple- it’s all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and that’s within everyone’s reach.

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3 comments

  1. 1
    Katelyn Deveraux

    I really like these tips. These will not only affect your brain but your overall wellbeing too. When the body and brain are healthy life will be much more fulfilling and enjoyable!

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      Colleen

      Amen to that!

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    Amber Ludwig

    So many are SO easy too!! I love simple changes I can make that really have positive results in my life!

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