The Importance of Cognitive Health
As we age, health becomes more important than ever before.
If we want to live a long and healthy life, taking care of every facet of our lives is key. Not only must we take care of our bodies, but we must take care of our minds. With ever-growing rates of Dementia and Alzheimers, it’s now more important than ever to remember to take care of our brains.
But how can we do that? Many ways!
In order to keep the brain young, we all need continued mental stimulation.
There are many ways to do this, but some of the easiest are playing brain games! That could be memory games, word puzzles, puzzles, math problems, painting, and drawing! Who knew that doing the Sunday Crossword could be good for your health?
Find something you enjoy and do that. Make it fun, not a chore!
One of the best things you can do for your body and your brain is exercise. I know… it’s easier said than done. However, according to research done by Harvard, exercise creates “tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought.”
Do exercise that you find enjoyable and is right for your body. Whether that’s walking, jogging, yoga or boxing, enjoy it and make it fun. That way you will want to do it and do it often!
Paired with exercise, you need a healthy diet. A great diet that is related to brain health is the Mediterranean diet. This diet is rich in good fats, low in salt and also great for your heart.
However, any diet will do, as long as you keep it healthy. Eat lots of veggies, lean proteins, and good fats. As always, keep your sugar intake low, and avoid dairy when possible.
Taking care of your emotions is just as important as taking care of your body. As many of you know, I encourage seeing a Positive Psychologist or a psychologist that you trust and enjoy speaking with. Keeping your emotions buried and deep inside is not healthy for anyone, especially your mental health.
I also recommend keeping a daily journal to write down your thoughts and feelings, as well as doing something such as a daily meditation. This will help calm the mind and relax the body, keeping your emotions in check.
Release and let go!
Finally, along with your diet, there are many supplements and aids that can help keep your cognitive health on point. Below you’ll find links to several I have found helpful, and ones that
Taking daily fish oil (Omega 3) supports brain health, heart health, provides joint and bone support as well as overall mood support. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about it, but it’s great for anyone looking for additional wellness support. Take 1-3 a day depending on what you need. Of course, consult a doctor if you would like more information.
Resveratrol usually comes from grapes, berries and some peanuts. Health benefits include protection for the brain and the lowering of blood pressure. Daily use of resveratrol also offers cellular support and possible anti-aging benefits.
Boost your mental focus with Acetyl L-Carnitine powder. This supplement can also benefit you by giving you more energy, improving memory, cardiovascular support, ease of depression and much more.
A great and natural supplement with many benefits, Ginkgo Biloba is a perfect option especially if you have circulation issues. According to Natures Bounty:
“Extract may help maintain healthy circulation & may help support mental alertness & healthy brain function, perfect for occasional mild memory problems associated with aging. Mental Alertness and Memory: Used in China in the 15th century for its healthy properties, Ginkgo Biloba may help support healthy brain function, mental alertness and support memory, especially occasional mild memory problems associated with aging.” – Amazon
Extracted from coconut oil, MCT oil is a great addition to any smoothie, coffee or daily supplement routine. This plant-based oil has many benefits including: Better brain and memory function, energy increase, weight loss, lowered cholesterol and lowered blood sugar levels. Such a great and easy to use product!
A mushroom, Lions Mane has many, many benefits. Not only does it fight against dementia, but it also helps protect against stomach ulcers, manages Diabetes symptoms and relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s also great for your heart! what a wonderful supplement.
Consult Your Doctor & Be Pro-Active
I hope some of these ideas and supplements help you take control of your cognitive and brain health. Remember, always consult your doctor before taking new supplements, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
Take care of your minds and make sure you visit your doctor for your check-ups and keep those bodies healthy!