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How to Maintain Your Brain

By Sara Butler

It seems like everywhere you look there’s advice on how to take care of your body. You can easily learn how to tighten your abdominal muscles and strengthen your heart, but one really important body part doesn’t get enough attention: the brain. Your brain is arguably one of the most important parts of your body, yet many people don’t focus on caring for it as they get older. Here are just a few of the ways you can strive to care for your brain as the years go by.

Get Moving

Getting your body moving with physical activity each day can help to keep your brain functioning well as you get old. Exercise has been found to increase circulation to the brain, providing it with important nutrients as well as oxygen. A regular workout routine also helps to keep cardiovascular disease at bay and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Consider walking, jogging, biking, or golfing to get a workout in.

Keep Your Mind Active

Another way to keep the brain sharp as you get older is by stimulating it. Work your brain out with games, puzzles, and cards. Read newspapers and magazines, play an instrument, or take a language class to learn something new. Activities that challenge the brain help to increase circulation and create connections between the cells of the brain, stimulating growth.

Get Your Vitamins

Research is beginning to point to a connection between Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, and the health of the brain. People with Alzheimer’s disease have high levels of a chemical called homocysteine in their system. This chemical naturally increases with age so it must be combated with diet. Diets low in folate, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 are found in those with brain changes as they age. Eat the right amount of these vitamins by making sure to get fish, chicken, milk, cheese, spinach, kale, broccoli, lima beans, whole grains, oranges, and asparagus in your diet. And throw some blueberries in there too, since they contain compounds that help improve short-term memory.

You’ve only got one brain, so make sure to care for it as you age. Stay active and keep stimulating your brain by being social with friends and family. That will make a huge difference as you grow older. After all, you want a brain that stays sharp so you can sass your grandkids!

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

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