As we age, it becomes even more critical to take care of our bodies. We can help prevent disease and injury by incorporating aerobic exercise and healthy nutrition into our everyday routine.
So what are some easy-to-implement actions you can do to stay vibrant? Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist, fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of “The Better Brain Book” and “Power Up Your Brain,” has three tips about what people can do as they age to increase longevity and maintain brain health.
1) Take 800 – 1,000mg of DHA every day. According to recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington, omega-3 fatty acids, like DHA, can reduce the risk of death in the elderly and may even increase lifespan.
2) Get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, uninterrupted, at least 6 times a week. Research shows that exercise actually activates genes that code for enhanced levels of BDNF, the brain’s growth hormone. Increased BDNF translates to increased growth of new cells in the brain’s memory center and is correlated with improved memory function.
3) Add more social interaction to your life. Social interaction with friends and family can make your life more meaningful and fun while stimulating and protecting your brain.