New Delhi: If you don`t want your brain to lose its prowess as you age, better follow these tips. Do something Scientists are starting to think that regular aerobic exercise may be the single most important thing you can do for the long-term health of your brain. For mental fitness, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every other day. Eat, eat, eat A low glycemic diet—high fiber, with moderate amounts of fat and protein—is broken down more slowly in the body than high glycemic foods, such as sweets and white starches. A steady pace of digestion in the gut gives a more reliable flow of energy to the brain, likely optimizing the organ`s long-term health and performance.
Enjoy your coffee Growing evidence suggests a caffeine habit may protect the brain. According to large longitudinal studies, two to four perk-me-ups a day may stave off normal cognitive decline and decrease the incidence of Alzheimer`s by 30 to 60 per cent. Eat fish Some theories credit the introduction of fish into the human diet with the evolution of our tremendous cognitive prowess. Essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3s, are critical to brain function and are proving beneficial for treating such brain-sapping ailments as depression. Chill out Stress takes a toll on the brain by washing harmful chemicals over the hippocampus and other brain areas involved in memory. Some scientists suspect that living a balanced lifestyle and pursuing relaxing activities such as yoga, socializing and crafting may delay memory impairment by reducing stress.
Skip the supplements Supplements have been getting a bad rap recently, with even the familiar multivitamin now looking like a waste of money — or worse. Despite their `natural` origins, they are not free of potential side effects, such as high blood pressure, digestion trouble, fertility problems and depression. Tease your brain Whether crossword puzzles, sudokus and other brain teasers actually keep your brain in shape, has not been well-established. However, lack of education is a strong predictor of cognitive decline. The more you`ve tried to learn, the better you`ll be at mental sit-ups in old age.ANI
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