Are you trying to keep your mind sharp as you grow older? We all are. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help keep your brain healthy. Here are eight of them:
Stay connected. Many studies have shown that social connections and friendships are vital for health and wellness as we age. The simple act of getting together with friends can provide a big boost to you — and your brain.
Stay busy. Studies also show that older adults who volunteer or attend classes have healthier brains.
Get outside. Research shows that getting outdoors — in nature especially — is important to our overall health and wellness.
Learn something new: Is there something new you’ve always wanted to try? Whether you want to learn how to paint, sew, play an instrument or take fabulous photos, learning a new and unfamiliar skill challenges you mentally.
Get enough sleep: After working hard all day, your brain needs a chance to recharge. Not getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night affects your ability to stay focused, remember important details, and deal with stress. You're also more likely to rely on sugary snacks instead of healthy foods to give you the energy you need to get through the day. Getting enough sleep is vital to a healthy brain.
Learn a foreign language: Is there a foreign language that interests you? Spanish? French? Portuguese? Compared with people who only speak one language, those who speak multiple languages are more likely to have better concentration, memory and overall brain function, studies show.
Exercise: Exercise is just as important physically as it is mentally. Breaking a sweat improves blood flow to your brain, which helps to build new brain cells and repair and protect existing ones. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (walking, jogging, biking or swimming) each week, but know that any amount of physical activity, even low intensity, can benefit you. For example, taking 5,000 to 10,000 steps a day can substantially increase your overall wellness.
Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet is not only good for you, but it can also protect your brain. Foods like salmon, spinach, eggs and walnuts contain healthy omega 3 fatty acids that promote brain health. Studies show that blueberries, broccoli, avocado and sweet potatoes are also great foods for not only your overall health but your brain health, too. Stock up your fridge with healthy foods.
Select quality supplements. Exclusive to Nature’s Sunshine, Brain Protex with Huperzine A was developed to provide a more natural way to support brain health. You might also want to consider Mind-Max, a propriety blend of special ingredients designed to support cognitive function or Focus Attention, which provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulating levels.