Brain Health After 40
Our brain health is a vital part of our lives, and we should do our best to keep it healthy. Unfortunately, taking constant care of the brain isn’t easy in today’s world simply because there isn’t enough time. Get the brain health tips you need!
How can you improve your brain health?
With as many hours as we work, we don’t take the time we need to focus on our health. We work for almost half of the day, and then we come home, exhausted.
Most of the time there are more important things to do after work, but there are a few tricks that don’t take up too much time.
In this article, we will focus on women’s health and fitness, as well as describe various ways that can help you keep your brain healthy and your mind sharp even after you’re 40.
The biggest problem that old people face nowadays when it comes to health is brain diseases.
I have a grandmother that has Parkinson’s disease and Dementia, and it’s very troublesome. My family and I need to take care of her as if she’s a child.
Following these tips may decrease the chances of getting such a disease. Let’s dive into these brain health tips.
Treat your brain like your heart
The heart is without a doubt one of the most important organs in our bodies. A sick heart can be dangerous and can even cause death. The brain controls every organ so, if the brain is sick, every organ can potentially suffer as well.
Unfortunately, there aren’t ways to completely stop some brain diseases or reverse them/cure them, but you can do everything in your power to try to lower the chances of such things happening.
If you treat your heart with care and, for example, don’t eat fatty food and limit the amount of sugar, then you should treat your brain the same way.
It’s a good idea to lower the amount of alcohol you drink to a minimum (if you drink at all). Also, try to keep your brain active at all times by promoting thought and improving cognitive abilities.
You could also try nootropics! Nootropics are brain supplements that improve memory, energy, concentration, cognitive ability, etc.
Move your body
You’d think that sitting in one place damages the body only without really affecting the brain. This is, unfortunately, wrong. Not being physically active can cause multiple health problems and can diminish the brain’s performance.
It’s a good idea to be on the move as much as possible because you’ll promote blood flow and improve overall health. Try walking to your workplace instead of taking the bus or car, or better yet, drive a bicycle!
Fish isn’t just a tasty lunch option; it’s also a miracle food. Fish has many great positive sides to it, one of which is an improvement of brain health. Studies have shown that people who eat fish at least once a week have a 60% lower chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
The reason behind this is that fish contains an omega-3 fatty acid called DHA.
Eat a good breakfast
“A healthy breakfast defines the day” is what my mother used to say when I was younger. Sadly, I didn’t quite listen to her for some time, so I completely threw away breakfast and ate only lunch and dinner.
This caused many problems with my stomach, and I almost ended up contracting various bacteria. This is also due to me having a fast metabolism, but that’s not the point. The point is that by skipping breakfast, you’re indirectly worsening your overall health.
Besides, there’s no reason to feel hungry until lunch! Grab a small bite, and you’ll be good!
Consider working out on a daily basis. Regular workouts will keep you healthy and fit while also improving your cardiovascular activity, meaning that your brain will get more blood pumped to it.
This blood is oxygen-rich, and your brain needs this to work efficiently. Glucose gets transported to the brain thanks to cardiovascular activity, and since glucose is something that our brain cells use as fuel, you’d be wise to exercise regularly!
Consider doing at-home exercises like crunches – they will strengthen your abs and other muscles as well. Be careful when it comes to the technique as faulty technique will cause more harm than good.
Drink protein shakes
Protein shakes are completely nutritional, and you shouldn’t confuse them with steroids. Most people do for reasons unbeknownst to me.
Consider drinking protein shakes to help your muscles regenerate fibers that can get torn while under heavy workload (and by this, we mean heavy exercising).
Protein shakes aren’t necessary but are recommended for people who want to strengthen their bodies by intense training.
Carbs are important
You should know this before we proceed with this article point – Carbohydrates don’t cause obesity. This is a common misconception. Now, let’s continue. Corn, bananas, green peas… These are all food items that contain carbs that are good for you.
Wholesome, fresh corn is great because it contains fiber, vitamin C, and several antioxidants which are good for eyesight. Bananas contain vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, and manganese.
Peas, on the other hand, are a great choice if you’re looking for food that is an antioxidant and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
Never focus on weight loss
You don’t need to focus on weight loss because if you do, you’ll constantly be unsatisfied with the results.
This isn’t anything unnatural. However, if you plan on being healthy and fit at the same time, focus on other things such as working out and keeping your brain healthy.
Have a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, and various other food that won’t do you any harm.
A pre-workout snack is important
You have probably (more than once) eaten a lot of food before a workout session, after which you’ve encountered some issues such as stomach pain, difficulty to move, etc.
There’s no need to eat so much food before a workout session, and it’s even considered bad. There’s a reason why people say you shouldn’t eat a lot at least 2 hours before a training session.
On the other hand, working out while hungry is equally bad. The best thing you can do is grab yourself a small, pre-workout snack.
You will have enough energy and food in your system to be able to work out normally while also not having too much.
Results usually don’t come instantly so don’t expect them to happen quickly.
Give it some time and simply focus on working out. After a few months or even a year, the results will show, and you’ll be extremely happy with them and yourself. Don’t hurry and work slowly.
If you rush it, you’ll most likely run into several issues along the way so – relax, exercise, eat healthily, and be happy!
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