The mind grows wiser with age, but age adversely blunts a mental edge, diminishes computing power, and causes memories to fade.
It doesn't have to be that way though. Anti-aging experts can recommend a number of techniques to ward off the negative effects of time. Here are just a few:
Reduce free radicals and inflammatory proteins through better nutrition and supplements.
The neurons, or nerve cells, send electrical impulses through the brain over a tree-like network of branches. Like most cells in the body, neurons slowly deteriorate over time. This was generally accepted as a natural and unpreventable phenomena, but research has shown that one of the largest culprits to this decay has been free radicals.
Increase capillary development in the brain through aerobics and weight training.
No cell, especially brain cells, can properly function without a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients, and those supplies reach their destination via capillaries.
Most people accept that a balanced exercise routine improves blood flow throughout the body, but it's been proven that this improved flow occurs in the brain as well.
Counter the effects of stress.
This can often be easier said than done, but it's an essential part of having a healthy brain. That's because the portion of the brain where memories are formed, the hippocampus, can be adversely affected by negative stress.
The simplest way to eliminate stress can be a healthy dose of sleep. Scientists have even found that a good night's sleep can improve a person's ability to solve complex problems.
Stimulate your mind.
Most people head to the weight room to stimulate their muscles, but a person can go practically anywhere to stimulate their brain. Any activity or hobby that captivates your attention, challenges you to think in different ways, and enjoy new experiences may be the perfect way to make sure the brain is functioning in peak condition.
Dr.Lakshmi Prasad M.D., M.S., FAARM is a Board Certified Internist specializing in Integrative Medicine. She has a Masters Degree in Nutritional & Metabolic Medicine and is a Board Certified fellow in Anti-aging & Regenerative Medicine.
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