Ways to Help Your Brain

Introduction:It is important to find ways to help your brain, especially as you get older.

  • 01

    Use Your Mind

    You may have heard the old saying, "Practice Makes Perfect." There is a lot of truth to that statement. Those who use complex sentence structures and thought patterns are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. So, use your mind. Read, do crossword puzzles, play games, or be actively engaged in things that help you use your head.

  • 02

    Use Your Imagination

    One of the fun ways to help your brain is to use your imagination. It helps relieve stress. About 49 percent of women lie awake at night because of stress. Counting sheep is not imaginative. Your mind can help you solve many problems if given the chance. It is said that imagining yourself eating a food, can help to reduce how much of it you will actually eat. Visualizing eating something can help to trick your mind into reducing the desire for more.

  • 03

    Learn New Things

    You really can teach an old dog new tricks. The human brain can adapt and change throughout life. There is a term for this called "neuroplasticity." Stimulate your brain by trying to learn new things. The brain will form new neural pathways. When you are actively engaged in intellectual pursuits, it will reduce the chance of getting dementia.

  • 04

    Use Your Memory

    Another one of the ways to help your brain is to use your memory. Too often, we excuse ourselves for forgetting things because we are getting older. The brain can reshape itself when it comes to memory as well as learning things. Try to increase cognitive abilities by learning new information and remembering it.

  • 05

    Rainbow Eating

    Help your brain by eating the rainbow. The rainbow consists of colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat dark fruits like blueberries and pomegranates. Eat rich green kale and collards or bright orange sweet potatoes and peppers. All the colorful foods have antioxidants that are terrific for the brain. Those who eat more antioxidant foods have a 70 percent less chance of getting Alzheimer's or dementia.


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