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How Brain Teasers Can Help Improve Your Health

By Lexi Herrin

A lot of people do brain teasers just for fun, but did you know that can actually improve your health? Brain teasers can help your heart health, help fight against Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and they can help build cognitive reserve. Whether it be word searches, crossword puzzles, puzzles, sudoku, or anything else that really engages and challenges your mind, there are several ways that you can improve your overall health and your brain health. Not only do brain teasers help improve your brain, exercise, pursuing education, socializing, partaking in cultural activities, and discussing ideas can also help improve your brain function and can help slow the decline and aging process of your brain.

Heart Health 

There is a lot of data supporting the idea that a healthy heart translates into better brain health. Eating whole fruits and vegetables, doing cardiovascular exercise, managing stress, as well as managing blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels can all help improve your heart health, in turn improving your brain health.

Fighting Alzheimer's and Dementia

Brain teasers can be a big "workout" for your brain. When you work out your brain, you slow the aging process. As our brains get older, they become more at risk for developing Alzheimer's and dementia. Because brain teasers give your brain a workout, they can help your brain age slower and help it to not decline as quickly, in turn, helping to prevent and decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia in the future.

Building Cognitive Reserve

They can also help your memory. They can do this by building up cognitive reserve. One of the ways that people build cognitive reserve today is by exercise but exercise can't build reserve on its own. You can also build reserve by pursuing more education, socializing, partaking in cultural activities, and discussing ideas. All of these combined with exercise and brain teasers can help to build your cognitive reserve which helps improve your memory.  

If you are looking for ways to improve your brain function, find out more from your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. They've got walk-in visits, extended hours, and affordable prices without the hassle of insurance. If you are concerned about your family's health, find out more at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pico Rivera, Calif. 

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