Suggestions for Enhancing Brain Health

dementia1As baby boomers age, researchers around the world continue to search for keys to preventing and reducing the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and improving memory loss.

Doctors and scientists are finding that there’s no one explanation or answer to protect our brains as we age, and that the best we can do is to follow multiple steps to lower risk. Here are some basic recommendations:

  • Control blood pressure and cholesterol with diet, exercise and (if necessary) medication
  • Maintain a healthy blood sugar level
  • Lose or don’t gain excess weight
  • Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day
  • Follow a healthy diet, such as the DASH diet
  • Stay mentally and socially active
  • Get your hearing checked
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Get enough vitamin D

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is designed to lower blood pressure, which may in turn protect the brain’s blood vessels. The basic DASH diet recommends the following:

  • Vegetables and fruit (11 servings)
  • Grains (4)
  • Low-fat dairy (2)
  • Legumes and nuts (2)
  • Poultry, fish and lean meat (1)
  • Oils and fats (2)
  • Desserts and sweets (2)
  • Wild card—poultry, meat, fish or oils and fats or grains or desserts and sweets (1)

In addition to these recommendations, why not explore an Optiminds training program? Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math, cognitive skills and memory of students of all ages. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.

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