Everyone will get older, so is the "Age" of the brain. Maybe you realize that lately you so often forget where last time put the house key. Generally decreased brain function will begin to decline at the age of 30-35 years, for various reasons. Starting from the slowing down of brain nerve regeneration process, the less number of neurotransmitters (a substance to help communication between cells in the brain), unbalanced hormone levels, to decreased brain volume.
Decreased brain function as you get older can increase your risk of dementia and stroke. However, it is not to be feared. There are a number of healthy lifestyle ways you can do from today to keep your brain healthy and functioning optimally to old age.
Here are tips on healthy lifestyle that can prevent the decline in brain function.
1. Train your mind to keep learning for the hard.
Body age may be old, but do not make excuses to stop learning. Train the brain by continuing to receive new information is a good way to prevent brain function decline. If you have sufficient financial resources, continue your education to a higher level or take foreign language courses as well as other new skills - cooking, sewing, musical instruments, and so on.
Another simpler way is to read and play games like sudoku, scrables, and crossword puzzles to hone brain function. Train your mind to keep learning new and difficult things can greatly help prevent the decline in brain function. This is evident in a group of individuals superagers, a term for elderly individuals over 65 who have cognitive functioning of the brain such as age 25 years.
Challenging yourself to master the new things will improve communication in the brain and as a result, the brain's cognitive function will increase. In addition, learning also has positive impacts such as enhancing a sense of confidence and exercising creativity and curiosity.
2. More active.
There is no other way to good health in old age later than staying active while still young. No need to exercise excessively, enough exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, the main focus on aerobic exercise, because it can slow the development of Alzheimer's disease and disorders other brain memory.
Fill your days with positive physical activity, manage stress well, and get enough sleep. Do not forget to avoid and stop smoking, also limit your liquor.
3. Eat healthy.
In addition to keeping active moving, consider also your diet and diet. Prioritize the daily diet low in cholesterol and fat. A diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Consume more fatty fish, especially those containing omega-3s like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and vegetables and fruits that contain high antioxidants such as berries, spinach, broccoli, onions, and eggplant.
4. Stay calm & Rest enough.
Train and challenge your mind is important, but do not let that panic and stress. The combination of panic and stress can disrupt the brain's cognitive processes to learn and remember thus limiting the capacity of the individual's ability. In addition to exercising, try doing activities such as yoga, meditation, and do not forget to keep having fun.