Do you often find yourself going to look for something, getting totally side-tracked with something else then completely forgetting what it was you originally wanted to find? Or you don’t even get side-tracked, you just forget? This is all normal, but sometimes it gets me thinking about my brain, memory and hoping that it continues to work well.
I have a few friends who have parents with Alzheimer’s and it’s a horrible disease, my heart really goes out to people who are suffering and also to those who are carers, it must be totally heartbreaking. Recently I took part in a seminar which looked at ways of preventing and even reversing dementia and Alzheimer’s – it was fascinating stuff, and some of the things they suggested were pretty easy to add into your everyday life.
One of the things they covered was something that a lot of people do in order to keep their brain active – crosswords, Sudoku, and various other puzzles. All of the scientists and doctors interviewed agreed that these are good ways to keep your brain active, but only up to a certain point. Once the puzzles become a habit and not so challenging, your brain has become used to them and you’re not firing up your synapses – your brain isn’t learning anything new. One easy way to fix this is, if your preference is crosswords, switch to Sudoku or vice versa. Another suggestion is to use your non-dominant hand (they even suggest using your non-dominant hand to do things like brush your teeth, or write something). This fires up your brain as you are having to concentrate on forming letters and numbers or carrying out tasks in a way that’s unfamiliar to you.
Learning something new is another great opportunity for keeping your brain healthy. You don’t have to sign up for a formal class, unless you want to of course, just pick a topic that fascinates you and read up on it, listen to podcasts, make notes, really learn your stuff. Or learn a language or a musical instrument. Take up an art, craft or other hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. You will learn new things and, if you join a class you’ll make some new friends too.
Meeting up with your friends in real life rather than only online, and having friends of all different ages is another proven way of keeping your brain active and healthy. Different generations have different attitudes and experiences and we can all learn from each other. Don’t dismiss people simply because they are much older or younger than you – take the time to really talk to older/younger family members and colleagues. Who know what you might learn and what friendships will develop.
Another easy thing to do is to add coconut oil into your diet – check out the work of Dr Mary Newport who has not only done a lot of research into this but also had first hand experience as her husband developed Alzheimer’s and she found that coconut oil made a huge difference. Visit here website for more info: https://coconutketones.com/
There’s so much more we can do to keep our brain healthy but these are easy first steps and can be implemented from any age – don’t wait until you think your starting to lose your memory before taking steps to look after it. Looking after your brain is one of the most important things you can do if you want to live an active and healthy life as you get older.
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