Did you know that a whopping 75% of brain aging can be avoided by making small tweaks to your everyday routine? Three experts recently discussed these brain health hacks in Women’s World magazine.
Here are six brain power boosting tips that you can adopt today. It’s easier than you might think to cultivate better brain function and performance!
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- Grow New Neurons by Taking a Stroll
- Take Five for Five
- Kids’ Play
- Try “Minute” Mindfulness!
- Have a Cup of Coffee
- Eat Brain Foods
Level Up With These Brain Power-Boosting Habits
1. Grow New Neurons by Taking a Stroll
“Walking without breaks helps keep the part of your brain that grows brain cells more resilient,” reveals psychotherapist, Mike Dow, Ph.D. In fact, it’s so effective that strolling for 25 minutes a few times a week will keep your brain’s “incubator” for new brain cells in shape.
Plus, all that aerobic exercise will work wonders on your cortisol levels, thus reducing stress.
2. Take Five for Five
Dr. Leanne Young says chronic multitasking causes the brain to shrink. “In particular, it reduces the size of the hippocampus, a brain region supporting memory and learning,” Young says. The fix? Cut back on multitasking and let your brain recharge five times a day by taking five minutes to rest – no social media, no TV, no emails … just rest.
“Spend those five minutes stretching, going outside, or on meditation,” Young suggests.
3. Kids’ Play
Mike Dow says game concentration is shown to sharpen memory. Try memory card games because the same game that six-year-olds play revs the recall of 60-year-olds, and may help stave off the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Try “Minute” Mindfulness!
Stress “impairs memory and interferes with neurotransmitters that make you feel good.” What can be done? “Just take a few long, deep breaths and hold each one for a few seconds before releasing it,” says natural health expert Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D.
“Just doing this one minute is enough to slash the stress hormones that impede memory!
5. Have a Cup of Coffee
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, leading to improved cognitive function. While some studies have already shown caffeine’s short-term impact on better learning, reaction time, and mood, researchers are still on the fence about how caffeine can improve long-term memory retention (though some studies are promising).
Don’t drink coffee? Green tea contains caffeine, too.
6. Eat Brain Foods
To prevent cognitive decline, we need to put in the work to make sure we keep our brain sharp as we grow older.
A healthy lifestyle makes a difference. Here are some of the foods you need include in your diet.
- Leafy greens that contain vitamin K, beta carotene, folate, and lutein. Broccoli, kale, and spinach are rich with those substances.
- Berries high in flavonoids help improve memory. Eating two servings of strawberries or blueberries a week does not only help prevent or delay memory decline but also fight Alzheimer’s disease.
- Walnuts contain protein and healthy fats that are known to boost brain power.
In our quest for a healthy body, we should never neglect our brain. Cultivate a sound mind in a sound body even as you age by employing these tips for better brain power.
You just might beat cognitive decline, boost brain activity, and achieve better mental health with these ideas.
What are some of your go-to hacks to increase your brain power? Share them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 18, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.