Until only several decades ago, neuroscientists believed that the brain stopped creating new neural connections, meaning that your memory starts to become irreversibly worse when the human body stopped developing, which is generally in your early 20s. Neuroscientists also understood that neurons weaken and die as we age. The loss of brain function due to neural breakdown was believed to be a normal part of aging until recent research studies demonstrated the opposite of this belief.
Over the last several years, it has become evident to neuroscientists that you can, as a matter of fact, create new neurons and develop new neural connections starting in your early 20s and continuing well into your old age. As the older regions of the brain start to wear out, you can ultimately rewire your brain and improve your overall brain health. But, how can you improve brain health? In the following article, we will discuss 5 ways you can improve your brain health and promote your well-being.
Eat Healthy Foods
You are what you eat, or at least, your brain can be affected by the types of foods you eat. Eating junk food can have a tremendous impact on your brain health because trans fats and saturated fats, frequently found in processed foods, can negatively alter the brain’s synapses. Synapses connect the brains neurons and are fundamental for memory and learning. But, a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon, walnuts, and kiwi, can provide the synapses with a boost which can ultimately help fight against neurological diseases, including depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Participate in Exercise
Participating in exercise and physical activity can also help boost your memory and help you think more clearly, reducing the risk of developing neurological diseases. Because exercise and some physical activity is a moderate stressor to the body, which uses energy needed by the brain, it triggers the release of substances, known as growth factors, which make the brain’s neurons fitter and stronger. Participating in 30 minutes of exercise or physical activity every other day can help improve brain health, and don’t forget to stretch. Stretching can help reduce anxiety, which can affect overall brain health.
Make sure to also give your brain a workout with brainteasers, crossword puzzles, and memory games. Research studies have demonstrated that using these tools to remain mentally active can help reduce the risks of developing dementia and other neurological diseases by building and maintaining a reserve of stimulation on your brain. Mental stimulation can help boost the regions of your brain which control and regulate learning and attention, which are hard-wired into the brain.
Maintaining information stored in your memory banks and retaining that memory with age may also be a simple matter of mind control. By way of instance, confidence in your cognitive abilities might actually influence how well your memory works, especially for the elderly. Because many older adults tend to blame memory lapses on age, regardless of whether or not that is the reason, they may often be keeping themselves out of even trying to remember. Prediction can also enhance memory. If you have an idea of the information you have to remember afterward, you’re more likely to remember it.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep can help improve your overall well-being, especially your brain health. Sleep gives your brain an opportunity to match the memories of the day and combine them for long-term storage. One research study demonstrated that the brain can perform its reviewing much quicker when you are asleep than when you’re wide awake. A 90-minute mid-afternoon nap can help store long-term memories, such as events or skills you are attempting to master. Research studies have demonstrated that developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are generally due to genetics.
One research study, presented in July at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, demonstrated a connection between moms who develop Alzheimer’s disease and the chances that their children will develop the health issue in older age. Another research study suggests that a pattern of proteins is a risk factor for neurological disease. But, no one can predict who will develop dementia. While neuroscientists discover better treatments for these health issues, following ways to improve brain health is probably the best you can do to promote your overall well-being.
Many neuroscientists once believed that the brain stopped developing new neurons and new neural connections as soon as you reached adulthood. However, recent research studies have demonstrated that we can create new neurons and new neural connection which can continue well into your old age. In the following article, we discuss 5 ways you can improve your brain health and promote your well-being. From eating healthy foods to getting enough sleep, maintaining your overall well-being can help improve your brain health. – Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T. Insight
Diet and Exercise for Neurological Disease
The purpose of the article above is to demonstrate 5 ways which can ultimately help improve your overall brain health. Neurological diseases are associated with the brain, the spine, and the nerves. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal and nervous health issues as well as functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. To further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
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Additional Topic Discussion: Chronic Pain
Sudden pain is a natural response of the nervous system which helps to demonstrate possible injury. By way of instance, pain signals travel from an injured region through the nerves and spinal cord to the brain. Pain is generally less severe as the injury heals, however, chronic pain is different than the average type of pain. With chronic pain, the human body will continue sending pain signals to the brain, regardless if the injury has healed. Chronic pain can last for several weeks to even several years. Chronic pain can tremendously affect a patient’s mobility and it can reduce flexibility, strength, and endurance.
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