How to Keep Your Brain Healthy

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Step One Exercise Regularly:
A 30 minute aerobic exercise 4-5 times every week will markedly improve your mental acuity and clarity as scientific studies have also shown that exercising helps keep your brain sharp.
Reference: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/memory-improvement/HA00085

Step Two Eat omega-3 fatty acids:
These are good fats, found, among other things, in walnuts and fishes. You can also get omega-3 supplements in pharmacies. In addition to having a score of cardiovascular benefits, these fats also help keep the brain healthy. Eating too much omega-3’s can be detrimental to one’s health, so if you are thinking of incorporating the supplement in your diet, be sure to talk to your doctor about it first.
Reference: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil

Step Three Eat blueberries:
You can eat blueberries, or a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and marrionberries. Even though fresh blueberries are better for you, if the cost is prohivitive you can opt for frozen berries from the frozen foods aisle of the grocery store. These fruits contain phytonutrients that can help improve short term memory and promote healthy aging.
Reference: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/health-foods/NU00632

Step Four Exercise your brain:
You can give your brain a little workout by playing Sudoku, Brain Age (on the Nintendo DS), doing crossword puzzles, and other type of puzzles. I don’t know of any research that proves these puzzles actually work in keeping the brain healthy, but I have felt a difference.

Step Five Learn a new language:
Learn a language you do not speak. You will be exercising your brain as you struggle with creating the right sentences and using the right words while you learn.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember, your brain is what has gotten you where you are. Take care of it.
  • Do not take any supplements without consulting your doctor first.
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