Most of us are aware of the importance of caring for our physical health. We know we should take care of our bodies in order to promote heart health, muscle strength and bone density. But it is important to take care of the health of our brain. Very often, we tend to think of our brain as something separate from the rest of our body – as be maintenance of the way our abs or biceps do. But that is not the case. Here are some tips.
Keep fit for your brain
Studies have found that obesity is related to brain health. Essentially, the study suggests that in obese adults, the brain can work about 10 years older than that of a person cutting. The study found that obese people are less than non-obese counterparts “white matter”. And obese 50-year-old had approximately the same density of white matter as obese 60 years old.
Other studies have suggested a link between obesity and Alzheimer’s disease as well. A regular exercise routine and a diet rich in whole foods will be good for both your waistline and your brain.
In a review of 135 studies found that the Mediterranean diet is beneficial to brain health. The review did not suggest a reason, but a probable cause is that the Mediterranean diet is generally rich in healthy fats. Although there is no single definition of a Mediterranean diet usually it is high in plant foods, fish, chicken and olive oil. It is also low in red meat. In particular the omega-3 DHA has been shown to benefit brain health. In addition, a Mediterranean diet can help reduce inflammation, support weight control, increase nutrient intake and more.
Research suggests that vitamin D may benefit hippocampus and cerebellum. These are the parts of the brain responsible for memory formation, planning and information processing. Vitamin D also helps support immunity, heart health and more. Many of us are deficient in vitamin D these days, so you may want to talk to your health care provider.
Choline supports proper nerve communication and can also reduce inflammation. It is largely in eggs and meat. While there are potential benefits to a diet free of animal products, it is possible that this type of diet can lead to a deficiency of choline. So if you do not eat animal products, you may want to consider supplementing.
Studies suggest that supplementation with Vitamins B may help prevent cognitive decline and dysfunction. Vitamins B9 (folic acid), B6 and B12 are particularly important when it comes to brain health. It is believed to be able to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Memory problems and “mental confusion” may indicate a deficiency in vitamin B12. It is also believed that supplementation with vitamin B while obtaining adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may be even more beneficial.
You’ve probably heard that meditation not only reduces stress and increases attention, but can also contribute to the health of your brain. One study found that long-term meditators had more gray matter in the sensory regions of the brain and the frontal cortex. This is the part of the brain responsible for executive decision making and working memory.
Not all stress is bad. Indeed, stress is necessary in some situations. Imagine being chased by a bear. stress for your body to respond appropriately and outrun the bear is necessary. However, the type of stress we experience on a daily basis can become chronic stress, which can cause problems. Stress leads to the release of the hormone cortisol, and too much can cause the brain to shrink. This means that the loss of connections between neurons in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for the concentration, social interactions and more.
Harvard researchers have suggested that we are 33 percent more likely to see connections between unrelated ideas after we slept. Sleep also is thought to be beneficial to brain plasticity – that is, their ability to respond to external stimuli. Babies who have more sleep have proven to be more equipped to recognize new patterns.
New research suggests that gut health plays an important role in the proper functioning of various body systems, and the brain is one of them. It is not thought to be a connection between your intestinal flora and brain development. Therefore, be sure to include probiotics in your diet, and cut foods high in processed sugars. In general, a diet rich in whole grain foods and low in processed foods or inflammatory bowel be good for your health.
is easy to focus on visible parts of our body when we are considering what we have to do to take care of our health. We all like to have impressive muscles or flat stomachs. But it is equally important to address the health of your brain. Fortunately, there are many things you can do.
– Sarah Cooke