Smart Ways to Maintain Your Brain

by Lauren on July 11, 2017

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We go through many changes as we age, and that includes our cognitive functions. When we get older, we tend to lose aspects of our memory. For example, have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went in there in the first place? If so, you will know what it is like to be forgetful. In most cases, this is normal and is part of the course when it comes to aging. However, should you have suffered a head injury, or you feel more forgetful than normal, then you should seek the proper medical advice.

To offset memory loss, follow these simple suggestions to keep your brain working in tip-top fashion.


Mentally stimulate yourself

A lifestyle of watching tv all day isn’t going to stimulate your mind. Instead, take up activities that require some mental effort, such as word puzzles, creative writing, brain training exercises and craft activities.

No matter what your age, there is always room to improve your education, so taking a local college course, for example, will give your mind plenty to focus on. Whatever you do, don’t let your mind sit idle for long, but seek activities that will require some thinking on your part.

Look after your mental health

We are all prone to stress, anxiety, and depression, but those people who suffer more than most are at higher risk of losing their cognitive abilities. Where possible, look after yourself and get plenty of rest, so you don’t burn yourself out. Speak to friends, family, and professional counselors should you feel as if you are ‘losing your mind.’ Maintaining a positive attitude is a great way to ensure good mental health, so be kind to yourself and get support.

Eat a healthy diet

There are scientifically proven ways to reduce mental decline by eating the right foods and taking supplements. For example, vitamin B has been linked to reducing the risk of dementia, so foods such as cereal, grains, and leafy vegetables should be a staple part of your diet.

Omega 3, found in food such as fatty fish and eggs, is another way to offset dementia. There are also natural supplements, such as Caruso’s omega 3 krill oil, which can complement your regular diet. Eating healthily is good for your body and your mind, so you should have no excuses not to begin immediately.

Exercise regularly

Exercise is something many people struggle with, yet there are activities you can take part in without having to go to the gym. Exercise stimulates the mind, improves moods, and reduces stress levels. So while there are many other health benefits, taking part in regular exercise will also improve the state of your mind.

Stop smoking

We all know smoking is bad for us, but you may not be aware of the effects on your brain. Studies have found that smokers have a thinner brain cortex than non-smokers, the layers of which are responsible for memory and language. Smoking can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, so there is further reason to give up this bad habit.

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The meals that you make in the week often need to be quick and simple. You want food that’s healthy and tasty, but that isn’t going to take your hours. When you’ve had a busy day at work, and you have kids to keep occupied, ease is key. But, when it comes to the weekend, everything is different. When you’ve got more time, and you’re away from the 9-5 stresses you normally have to deal with, there’s nothing like putting your all into what you cook. Not only have you got more time to prep, but you can take your time with the cooking process too. And for that, you need the ultimate recipes to work with.

 

An Italian Feast

There’s nothing quite like an elaborate Italian feast to feed your family with. Whether it’s just your immediate family, or you’ve got relatives and friends round, going Italian will always work. You can slow cook that real ragu to perfection, and even make your own garlic bread. With different meats and pasta options to pick from, you can spend a few hours putting your heart into a hearty Italian spread.

 

Burgers & Dogs

Or maybe you want something fun and easy to eat? Then you’re going to want to work with burgers and dogs. But don’t just head to the store and pick up a pack of each, why not work to make your own instead? Okay, so the dogs you might struggle with, but heading to a specialist butcher could be an easy alternative. For the burgers, pick your ground meat of choice and make away. Then, when the afternoon or evening hits, throw it all on the grill and barbecue the night away.

 

Pot Roast With All The Trimmings

When the weathers not so nice out, or you just want to be able to make a feast that’s super homely and comforting, turn to a classic pot roast. There are so many different ideas to work with like these http://www.bhg.com/recipes/slow-cooker/beef/slow-cooker-pot-roast-recipes/, but you’re best keeping it classic. With a slow roast meat, hearty sides and all of the trimmings, your family will feel well-fed for the entire weekend.

 

Smoked Chicken ’n’ Ribs

 

For times when you’re tired of the same old cooking methods, break out the smoker. And if you’re yet to buy one yet, be sure to check out some reviews like this https://electricsmokercenter.com/brinkmann-gourmet-smoker-grill-review-best-buy/ to help you decide on the best. Because having a smoker means you can cook up a meal smoked chicken ’n’ ribs combo on a lazy weekend afternoon. Throw in some corn, whip up some cornbread, and homemade slaw and dinner’s done.

Homemade Pizzas

And for that light yet luscious meal, always turn to pizza. It’s a great way to get your kids into cooking from scratch and fills your afternoon with fun. Plus, when pizza’s homemade, it always tastes best. And you don’t even have to have a clay oven to make it happen. Get your oven hot or heat them on the barbecue and you’ll never get store-bought pizza again.

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