As we age, so do our brains. They become less sharp and more forgetful. While this is a part of aging, sometimes cognitive decline in later years leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, 99 percent of medicines created to treat Alzheimer’s never see pharmacy shelves from lack of FDA approval. However, there are things you can start doing now to help naturally prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.
1. Watch What You Eat
Have you ever heard of the MIND diet? It’s short for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” and encourages eating brain foods like berries, olive oil, dark, leafy green vegetables, and varieties of nuts. According to MSN.com, a study of 1,000 participants resulted in a fifty-three percent descreae in risk for Alheimer’s by those who followed closely followed this diet.
2. Keep Active
Exercise does wonders for the body and the brain. To keep your cognitive skills sharp, the National Institue on Aging recommends getting regular exercise that includes both strength training and cardiovascular activities. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that’s right for you.
3. Don’t Stress Out
Too much stress can wreak havoc on the body and mind. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce stress in your life. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you. Also, consider relaxation methods such as prayer or meditation.
4. Engage Your Brain
Keeping the mind active is as important as keeping the body active. Engage the mind by reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing brain challenging games. Ther are many apps, such as Luminosity, that are designed for improving cognitive function and are fun to play.
Being around people is like getting a dose of brain food. Our brains love talking, listening, laughing and crying. The more time you spend being social, the better your brain will function. Look for ways to meet new people by joining clubs, taking classes, or traveling with a tour group.