Despite what many people think, our brain can remain sharp, active, vital and creative no matter what our age.
Our brain can create new brain cells and new connections between them over the years, but our brain vitality is completely up to us. Maintaining that vitality is truly a “use it or lose it” situation.
Studies done by a number of schools of medicine suggest that the more stimulating and intellectually challenging that we make our lives, the better our odds are to keep our brain sharp as we get older.
Some ways to keep our brains sharp include:
Reduce stress: stress can wear down the hippocampus, which plays a major role in memory function.
Exercise regularly: exercising delivers more oxygen-rich blood to the brain which is vital for producing new brain cells and preventing atrophy.
Eat low-fat and healthy: glucose spikes and fatty plaque deposits due to overeating can damage the brain, so a lower-calorie diet promotes better circulation and helps to control weight.
Challenge your brain: challenging your brain by learning and doing something new every week helps to create new neural pathways, helping to make your brain more versatile and able to multi-task.