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How to Work the Brain and Keep It Healthy

By Genevieve Cunningham

The brain is probably the most important part of your body. Sure there are other important parts -- the heart, the lungs, the kidneys. But the brain is what makes you who you are. If we don't have optimal brain function, we suffer, no matter how anything else in the body works. Because of its importance in our lives, we have to work to keep the brain healthy. But how? If you would like to make a plan for a healthy brain now and as you age, take a look at these habits to adopt now.

Learn New Tasks

We should all be students for the rest of our lives. It's so important to constantly challenge the brain, and one of the best ways to do that is by learning something new as often as you can. And it can be anything! Want to learn a new language? Go for it. Want to learn to paint or draw or make pottery? Find a teacher. Just don't stop learning. The more we engage and activate the brain, the healthier we'll keep the brain as we age.

Play

Life should not be all work and no play. Not only is this incredibly emotionally draining, but it's also exhausting for the brain. We need to be able to relax and have fun. We need to work all day and then release the stress with a game or workout with friends. We need to finish a big project and then take a vacation. If you're not getting enough play in your life, your brain -- along with everything else -- will suffer.

Eat Well

If you want a healthy body -- brain included -- then you have to feed it well. The brain doesn't need soda or sweets or fried foods. It needs vegetables. It needs plenty of water. It needs supplements like fish oil. The brain needs to be fueled, not just fed. Give it a diet of nutritious food, and you'll be setting yourself up for better brain health (and better health overall!) for years to come.

When it comes to staying healthy, don't ignore the brain. The brain is one of the most important parts of our body. If poor health affects the brain, it's a long hard climb back to a stable condition. Use these tips to keep your brain healthy and strong, and you'll be able to enjoy the benefits both now as well as in your future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans.

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