4 Ways to Boost Your Brain Health
It's Black History Month, Heart Awareness Month and WISe Wellness Guild’s month to talk about all things brain health & longevity. While it seems most are regularly exercising their bodies to stay healthy on the inside and out, more people need to tap into brain exercises and activities for a longer life and a sharper mind.
Here are 4 things we learned from our WISe partners and the internet about boosting our brain health.
- Working on my neuroplasticity
- Neuroplasticity (also called brain plasticity) is the ability of a brain to change and adapt. The more neuroplasticity you have, the better.
- According to Activate Brain & Body, physical activity is the most documented and powerful driver of positive neuroplasticity.
- “Individuals who lead mentally stimulating lives, through education, occupation and leisure activities, have reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s.” (Stern)
- Drink those greens
- According to Harvard University, the best brain-boosting foods protect your heart and blood vessels, which are leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli.
- Fruleef is a Cincinnati based juicery that uses local produce to create cold pressed juices. Check out their “Serious Green” juice, which contains kale, dandelion, collard green, cucumber, romaine, lime, spirulina and ginger.
- According to Insider, consistently reading strengthens connections in the brain, improves memory and concentration.
- Check out our WISe authors, like Unwavering Perseverance by Mary Wineberg, A Life Postpartum: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Lisa Hardwick, or Looking Glass by Vernon Jackson to get your read on!
- Live like You’re in a Blue Zone
- According to bluezones.com, the blue zones region of Ikaria, Greece, dementia among people over 85 is rare — over 75 percent less common than it is in the United States.
- Research shows this in part has to do with a Mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, beans, fruit, and nuts, and cultural importance on rest, relaxation, belonging, and a few other major factors called “The Power 9.”
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