Lifestyle choices for better brain health
Aside from staying sharp using brain training like Peak, there are several lifestyle choices you can make to maintain better brain health.
If you’re already maintaining a healthy diet, watching your cholesterol intake and avoiding bad fats, then you are partway there. Current research indicates that a diet low in saturated fats and high in omega-3, vitamin E and lutein can protect brain cells and build good brain health.
Maximize your intake of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA can be found in fatty fish, milk, eggs, yoghurt and supplements.
Eat a diet rich in Vitamin E, which can be found in milk, butter, eggs, oils, nuts and whole grains.
Lutein is a natural antioxidant that can be found in leafy green vegetables like spinach or kale.
Maintaining good physical health is closely linked to brain health. Exercise keeps cholesterol levels in check and maintains good blood flow to the body and brain, stimulating brain plasticity by encourgaging growth of new connections between cells. Ensuring you have a regular sleep pattern is also an important aspect of maintaining good brain health.
Exercising in the morning can help prepare you for the mental stress of the day, as well as help you retain new information.
Raising your heart rate through exercise increases the blood flow and the amount of oxygen sent to the brain.
It is believed that regular social interaction is a key part to maintaining good brain health. One study showed that men and women with the most social interaction within their community had less than half the rate of memory loss as those with the least social engagement.
In general there is a lot of social interaction within the work place; continue to work for as long as you want to!
Join a social club or volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to you.
Make spending time with your friends and family a priority.