CogniFit's Science blog: Optimizing Your Brain Health

Optimizing Your Brain Health

Brain health can mean different things to different people. For the most part, brain health means that your cognitive skills are in place and that your mind can focus and operate using critical thinking skills.

Brain health starts to deteriorate naturally as we get older and can cause things like Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

The best way to prevent this is to make your brain as sharp as you can while it is still functioning at full capacity. It is much easier to stave off the decline to begin with than try to reverse it once it starts happening.

The best way to keep your brain healthy is to exercise it. You can exercise your brain in a variety of ways to improve your cognitive skills and memory such as doing brain training exercises. You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing these exercises but just a few minutes a day can really improve your brain health.

Having good overall brain health can lead to a better quality of life. When your mind is clear you are able to think things out more clearly and as a result make better decisions in your life. Also it will improve your memory which means you don’t have to waste so much time everyday looking for your keys as you head out the door or look into your files to find an information.

Keeping your brain healthy might also decreases your risk for mental health issues. People with good brain health are better able to deal with stress and communicate their needs. Being able to do these things effectively gives you a much better chance of not dealing with mental health issues.

In addition to exercising your brain regularly there is also research that suggest eating certain foods will keep your brain healthy. Some of the foods that are recommended to keep your brain healthy are wild salmon, cocoa beans, green tea, acai berries and coffee beans among other. Nutrition is clearly an important part of overall wellness.

Another great workout for your brain is to learn something new. Challenge your mind to learn and retain new skills. Learn a foreign language, take a college class if you challenge your mind regularly your overall brain health will be much better.

Finally, physical exercise is also important to maintain brain health. You need to work out regularly to stay physically but also mentally fit.

So when considering your overall health do not leave your brain out of the mix. Your brain controls almost every function in your body and brain health is essential overall health.