Staying Sharp facts to keep your brain happy
Why is interacting with friends or loved ones so important? A diverse social network can improve brain plasticity and preserve cognitive abilities. So take a walking tour, have friends over for a wine tasting, visit a museum — together! It’s really good for your brain.
It’s important to make time for exercise. Research shows exercise makes our brains work better, and improves our thinking, memory, and learning. Exercise also prompts the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is essentially ‘Miracle-Gro’ for the brain.
You’re constantly curious. Keep your brain functioning at its highest level by learning new skills. Whether watching 3-D movies, learning about the latest technology or staying up to date on world news, you’re helping your brain’s synapses fire at optimum capacity, positively impacting healthy brain function.
Did you know laughing can provide the kind of ‘relaxation’ your brain needs to stay healthy and keep stress at bay? It’s true. A good belly laugh increases oxygen intake, relaxes muscles, lowers blood pressure, reduces cortisol levels and releases natural painkillers.
Foods high in saturated fat (like cheese and beef) are very popular. However, not with your brain. Research shows that high-saturated fat diets may lead to memory loss and cognitive decline. Try healthy diets rich in monounsaturated fats (like olive oil and avocados), which may protect the brain against disease.