Your brain is your most important organ, it creates memories, drives your emotions and controls your movements. Every brain changes with age, and mental function changes along with it, so cherish it, protect it, take care of it, your brain is amazingly complex and unique. Here you have some tips to keep your brain young and healthy.

1. Physical exercise

Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety will interfere less with normal brain function.
Get fit, your brain needs circulation, blood flow, and oxygen in order to function productively. Aerobics exercise has been found to reduce brain cell loss in elderly patients and allows for new cells to grow. Exercise lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, reduce mental stress, etc.

2. Mental Stimulation

Any mentally stimulating activity stimulate​s​ new connections between nerve cells and ​even helps to generate new cells. ​Read, do word puzzles or math problems, draw, paint, or do any other craft​, and this will help ​build up your brain and prevent future cell loss.

3. Improve your diet

Healthy diets make brighter brains. Keep your calories in check, reduce caloric intake has been linked to a lower risk of mental decline.
Eat the right food, products such as vegetables and dark​-​skinned fruits promote excellent brain health because of the antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients they provide directly. Also recommended are nuts, avocado, olive oils (Omega-9 fats), and cold water fish for the omega-3 fatty acids they contain. Reduce the consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal sources and of trans-fatty acid, omega-6 fats.

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4. Visit your doctor regulary

High blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age. Improve your blood sugar, diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia, you can fight it through eating right, exercising regularly, and staying lean. High levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) as low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), increases the risk of dementia. Diet, exercise, weigh control and avoiding tobacco will go a long way toward improving your cholesterol levels.


5. Other tips for a happy and healthy brain

Care for your emotions: depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, tend to score poorly on cognitive function tests. Good mental health and restful sleep (has been found to be anti-inflammatory) are important goals for a healthy brain. ​​Don't abuse alcohol, limit yourself to two drinks a day. ​And a​void ​tobacco in all its forms.

Remember, a healthy brain = healthy life.

Roberto Steven Zaninovich
M.D. Neurosurgeon

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