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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top 12 Ways to Maintain Your Brain!

Just a few tips to keep your brain healthy and running during these hot summer days...
Top 12 Ways to Maintain Your Brain

  1. Exercise: What is good for the heart is also good for your brain...  Study shows that excercising regularly may help control cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and weight.
  2. Cut the Fat: Trans fatty acides (most common in fast foods) and saturated fats increase the risk for Alzheimer's... saturated and trans fat promote "bad" cholesterol; which in turn can cause narrowing of arteries, reduce blood flow to the brain and cause inflammation.
  3. Eat Fish: Fish and other foods high in Omega-3 fatty acides can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's.
  4. Stimulate: Keep your brain stimulated by learning a new language or playing an instrument, puzzles and word games.
  5. B Vitamins: Vitamin supplements are recommended to compensate for the decreasing levels of B6 and B12 vitamins that come with aging.
  6. Blueberries:  Blueberries contain compounds that can improve short term memory, navigation skills, balance and coordination.
  7. NO Smoking: Smokers are twice as likely to develop Alzheimers than non-smokers.
  8. Lower Your Stress: Your brain structure may be altered with chronic or excessive stress.  Try meditation to alleviate stress, muscle relaxation, massage, yoga or Tai Chi.
  9. Healthy Heart: A compromised blood supply as the result of high blood pressure can affect brain functions.
  10. Ginkgo Biloba: Kinko Biloba is thought to protect the brain by reducing oxidation to damaged cells.
  11. Weight: Study has shown that you are less likely to obtain Alzheimer if you are at a healthy body weight.
  12. Spice: Yellow turmeric often used in Indian cuisine has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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