Spruce up your Brain health

Anita Sharma, a high-spirited teenager from Mumbai is a tennis champion and a brilliant singer who also plays the guitar and composes songs. She is an excellent orator who has won several medals in competitions. The frosting on the cake, however, is that Anita is also among the top three performers in her class.

Nitu Chauhan is adroit and enthusiastic like a teenager at the age of 60. She teaches Hindustani classical music. Though her passion is music she also writes articles for magazines and newspapers. That is not all, she is also an eager entrepreneur who has started her own music academy .

What is it that makes people like Anita and Nitu different from others? If you feel that they are just lucky to have been blessed with a brilliant brain, then think again. They keep their brain in perfect shape by constantly working it out.

Given below are some steps we can take for a better brain –

You are what you eat

Our brain, like a machine requires good-quality fuel. By having a well balanced diet we can increase the efficiency of our brain.
Include brain boosting Vitamin B1 found in cereals, grains, nuts and legumes
Certain fats are essential for proper brain functioning. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to stimulate brain power. Salmon, tuna,walnut and flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Certain herbs like Ginkgo biloba Ashwagandha,Brahmi and Shankha pushpin are known to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Let’s get moving

Studies among 5000 men and women above 65 years indicate that those who exercised were less likely to develop dementia. This is because exercise stimulates the formation of new brain cells in a process known as neurogenesis. Physical activity improves our concentration and memory skills. So if you are unable to come up with ideas or concentrate on your work, then take a walk. It will clear your head and help you think better.

Hit the sack

Sleeping helps in repairing the neurons in the brain. Without sufficient sleep, neurons may not have time to repair all the damage, and could malfunction during the day. Ensure atleast 7-8 hours of sleep per day

Use it or lose it

You need to constantly challenge the brain to strengthen your cognitive reserve. Stimulate your brain by reading books, solving crossword puzzles and learning something new
Try brain exercises like Neurobics. Created by Lawrence C. Katz, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, neurobics is a unique system of brain exercises that involves using your five physical senses in unexpected ways that encourage you to shake up your everyday routines.
Here are some fun and easy ways to exercise your brain using neurobics.

Take a different route to work

Get dressed with your eyes closed

Brush your teeth or write with your non dominant hand.

By being aware of the factors that affect brain health, we can ward off dementia and stay mentally agile.

Swati R

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