4 ways to protect your brain from dementia

In an era of Facebook, email, messages and Instagram we are all required to use our brain for several things at once. Our brains are busier than ever, but at the same time with the use of modern technology, we are not using our brains for healthy tasks such as calculations or deep thinking.

Brain training can help delay dementia and Alzheimer’s: our brain is full of potential and it’s in our hands to declutter it and make it smarter and healthier.

Our brain can change throughout our life, our intelligence can be increased, we can learn new skills, we can recover from brain damage, become more emotionally intelligent and in general redesign our brain for the better.

Here are four ways to make your brain healthier and smarter:

Read, read, read!

This should come as no surprise, but reading exposes you to new ideas and new vocabulary. Reading can make you more articulate and improve your knowledge and communication skills.

There is not a specific type of book you should be reading, whatever you enjoy reading will do the trick. Also, reading any type of book can give your brain a break from the hectic world around you.

Digital detox

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The overuse of smartphones, tablets and video games can damage our ability to think deeply. The key to making our brain healthier is to avoid multitasking, uninspired thinking and screen time.

Research shows that heavy media multitaskers perform worse on a test of task-switching due to their reduced ability to filter out interference. Our advice is to take a technology break every day, even for 30 minutes, just find a quiet place to either meditate or to focus on one task.

Don’t underestimate the effect of a healthy diet, body and mind.

Food, fitness and mental wellbeing can all help and benefit your brain. Remember what your parents always used to say? Food is the fuel for your body and brain.

It has been scientifically proven that food high in nutrition, Omega-3 and rich in fatty acids can benefit our brains, for example, walnuts, tuna and salmon. Recent research has also found a worrying connection between obesity and decreased brain health.

Physical activity can keep your brain in shape and can improve your memory and thinking skills. In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that exercise that gets your heart pumping boosts the size of the hippocampus, which is the brain area involved in memory and learning.

Exercising can stimulate the release of chemicals in the brain that affects the health of brain cells, basically making our brains healthier. Lastly and most importantly, take care of your mind. Take a breath, meditate and treat your mind to some downtime every day.

Keep a journal

People think that by taking notes you are more forgetful but actually, by putting down information onto a notebook you can increase working memory capacity, eliminate mental clutter and improve your problem-solving skills.

 

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