Health check: 4 key ways to improve your brain health [Publication date: 12 Jan 15]

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Health check: 4 key ways to improve your brain health [Publication date: 12 Jan 15]

Summary:
– 1.5 kg in weight
– Many of the lifestyle choices that are good for the body are also good for the brain
1. Stay physically active
– Brain and body are in constant bidirectional communication
– Muscles release beneficial molecules for the brain
– Increased blood flow induces neuron growth & synaptic connection growth
– helps in managing risk of neuro-degenerative disorders as well as depression
2. Stay mentally active
– Neuro-plasticity: use it or lose it
– Compensation for brain ageing
– Brain activity must continue for months and years (type as yet unknown to best-manage risk)
3. Eat a healthy diet
– Food nutrients circulate through the brain through bloodflow
– Improve brain function
– Manage brain ageing
4. Do not stress too much
– Linked to fight/flight system
– concept of toxic, sustained stress
– stress reduction strategies such as mindfulness & meditation are increasingly popular
– exercise
– chilling out
– impacts sleep

Author: Anthony Hannan, Head of Neural Plasticity
Source: http://theconversation.com/health-check-four-key-ways-to-improve-your-brain-health-36127

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