Brain health is something that should concern everyone whether we’re 27 or 70. Years before any noticeable symptoms show up to cause us worry, there’s usually early signs going undetected.
Have you noticed how many memory centers and Alzheimer units are popping up nationwide?
Younger and younger adults are complaining about brain fog, forgetfulness, and lack of concentration.
On one hand, through advances in modern medicine, people are living longer than ever. However, what is the quality of life for this aged population?
No doubt, diet and lifestyle habits play a huge roll in how we age. The food we eat, our stress levels, relationships, and careers today will all affect how our body will hold up tomorrow.
It appears that genetics plays a much smaller roll than we previously thought. It could be said that genetics are the bullets in the gun, but our diet and lifestyle pull the trigger. Having someone in our family suffer from dementia doesn’t mean we’re doomed to the same fate. Our daily choices will determine our destiny.
So, what are things that we can do now to stay sharp and live an active life as we age?
Diet - It’s critical to eat a diet high in healthy fats (coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, walnuts, salmon), antioxidant-rich vegetables (colorful vegetables - leafy greens, peppers, sweet potatoes, etc.), herbs, and
quality proteins (100% grassfed beef, organic, free range eggs and chicken, etc.)
Exercise - Equally important, getting daily physical exercise and staying active are crucial. Simple activities like walking, stretching, and light weight training are helpful to stay limber, maintain balance, and prevent falling.
Supplements - Consider adding high quality supplements such as magnesium, turmeric, vitamin D, probiotics, omega-3, MCT oil (coconut oil), and resveratrol, as well as a good multivitamin.
Sleep - A lack of sleep can lead to irritability, feeling depressed, and negatively affect your memory. Aim for 7 - 9 hours each night. Be aware that some medications can affect sleep.
Keep learning - Join a book club, do puzzles, read, or learn a new skill. Take a class, and learn a new hobby. It keeps your mind sharp and improves cognitive functions.
Stay socially active - Meet with friends regularly. Why not get involved in your community or church? Volunteer at a local school, library, or hospital. Being around friends and family adds joy and boost mental well-being.
The more we eat a healthy diet, stay active, and maintain vibrant, social connections, the better we’ll feel, and the more we’ll enjoy those later years.
It’s never too early to develop good habits that will help you avoid some of the pitfalls of aging. Just as you plan financially for your future, so you should also plan to live out your last days enjoying every moment to the fullest.
What can you start doing now that will have a lasting impact on your future?
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