We may be a bit biased but we believe that your brain is the most important organ in your body. Here’s why: It controls and coordinates your actions and reactions, make it possible for you to feel and think, and gives you the ability to have feelings and memories. Essentially, your brain is what makes you human. Since your brain is a big part of who you are, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these five ways to improve brain health.
1. Quit Smoking
In addition to hurting your lungs and heart, smoking can take a serious toll on your brain. Believe it or not, people who smoke two packs of cigarettes a day are twice as likely to get dementia when they’re older than non-smokers. If you smoke, make every effort to ditch this bad habit once and for all.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Although it may be easier said than done, especially if you lead a busy life, make sure you get 8 to 9 hours of sleep each day. It can be difficult to achieve optimal cognitive function if you wake up exhausted and restless every morning. Getting enough sleep can get your brain ready for the day ahead.
3. Eat Healthily
Fill your body with the nutritious foods it needs to remain healthy. Keep fatty and sugary food to a minimum and ensure you’re eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, whole grains, and fatty fish. Remember, you are what you eat so you can’t expect to load up on junk food and enjoy a healthy brain.
4. Stay Active
When we say stay active, we mean physically and mentally active. While it’s a good idea to exercise every day, your brain also needs to be engaged on a mental level as much as possible. Participate in hobbies, volunteer, take classes at a local college for fun and have thought-provoking conversations with your loved ones.
5. Get Social
Socialization is one of the keys to a healthy brain. Try to surround yourself with friends and family members as much as you can. Talk to them. Spend time with them. Make wonderful memories with them. All of these things can do wonders for your brain and overall quality of life.
Contact Regional Neurological Associates
If you have further questions on how to keep your brain in good shape, we encourage you to contact us today. Call Regional Neurological Associates at (718) 515-4347 to schedule an appointment.