When I discuss fitness with my patients, they’re often surprised when I tell them they need to also consider the fitness of their brain too. Many people don’t know that a healthy brain not only helps sharpen their memory but it also helps prevent other diseases as well.
Today, I’d like to share with you some things I recommend to my patients to keep their brain fit. These include nutrition, little games you can fit into a few minutes of your day, and longer “exercises” that mix things up to give your brain a good workout. First, let’s start with one of the basic building blocks of good brain health – nutrition.
Feed Your Brain with Optimum Nutrition
Challenge Yourself and Grow Your Brain!
There’s a saying, “If you want to keep getting what you’re getting, keep doing what you’re doing”. If your memory is sharp and your mood is great, then you’re likely stimulating your brain frequently. Maybe you read a book, or do crossword puzzles, or engage in stimulating conversations with others – all things that rev up your brainpower.
However, for many of my patients this isn’t the case. Some of my over 40 patients frequently are moody, with low energy, stressed out, and not much interest in things. They’ve gotten into a rut in what they do everyday in their lives and, quite frankly, are operating in a sort of unconscious unhealthy, pattern. You might not know this, but your brain thrives on change! To grow new brain cells and replace old, worn out ones, you must continuously stimulate it by learning new things, or even just doing old things a new way!
Here are some fun and effective “neurobic” suggestions to exercise your brain and keep it healthy!
Taking care of your brain is crucial to staying healthy, youthful, and mentally vibrant well into your golden years! Give your brain (and your body!) an hour a day to recharge, replace old cells, and stimulate brain endorphins into the happy zone. A mere 15 minutes, here and there throughout your day can reward you with a brighter, healthier you that can help you accomplish all those projects you’ve been dreaming of!