As we get older, we all worry about memory loss and brain health. Neurologist Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D., recently provided several suggestions in an article on AARP.com to help keep your brain happy and healthy:
- Exercise your brain. Your brain is like other muscles in your body and in order to keep it toned, you have to exercise it! Try to learn something new every day or take time to play some mind games that will challenge your brain.
- Stay physically active. Physical activity may improve the health of your brain. Even a modest exercise routine, like taking a 45-minute walk three times a week, can help with brain ability and function.
- Get your rest. Make sure your brain has time to recover after a long day. Get your recommended amount of sleep and take time every day to meditate or relax and do something nice for yourself.
- Feed your brain. Our brains need the right nutrients to function properly. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that helps to support brain health and memory. Taking DHA supplements (try Algal-900) or food with added DHA (such as Actilean protein bars with DHA) may help to support brain function.
- Get a head start. Start taking care of your brain early! By starting to exercise your brain earlier, you may be able to minimize the effects of memory loss. The sooner you start thinking about brain health, the better!
At what age did you start thinking about your brain health?