Reading, playing word games, or learning a new skill are just some of the ways you can keep your brain healthy as you age, according to Dr. Gary Small, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and Chief Behavioral Health Physician for Hackensack. Healthy meridians.
Dr Small, who is a member of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, spoke about “Healthy Aging: Brain Shape for Healthy Adults” during the latest wellness virtual tour hosted by Herbalife Nutrition Philippines.
He likened the brain to muscle, “which works best when you exercise regularly.”
“Mental stimulation has been shown to activate neural circuits and is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Memory training can also improve memory recall and help you maintain higher cognitive performance for five or more years, ”said Dr. Small.
In addition to participating in mentally stimulating activities, being active and healthy also contributes to brain health. According to him, combining exercise with a balanced diet promotes both brain health and cardiovascular health.
“Healthy eating for the brain involves eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish and nuts; fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants like blueberries and artichokes; and avoid processed foods, ”said Dr. Small.
He cautioned, however, that nutrition and exercise alone do not prevent the onset of disease or reverse the effects of aging.
It’s also important to talk to your doctor about managing your well-being and the medications you’re taking to keep your brain healthy. Likewise, creating a healthy environment by limiting your exposure to smoke, smog, mold, and other toxins, as well as avoiding information overload, TV addiction and clutter, is also good for your brain health.