Use This Guide To Fend Off Loss Of Intellectual Function
As you age, one of your greatest fears is likely that you will experience cognitive decline. You may have already felt some effects, such as forgetting where you left an item or not being able to recall a name. Fortunately, that does not mean you have to resign yourself to losing cognitive capability. To stay sharp and prevent loss of mental function, use these tips from the Institute of Medicine.
- Sleep: When you are awake, your brain builds up toxins. Sleep is your brain’s chance to flush them out, offering a period of restoration. If you are experiencing sleep disorders, get serious about treating them so you brain can have the time it needs to recover.
- Exercise: When you get moving, the flow of blood rich in oxygen to the brain increases. This can help your brain stay “fit,” improving your cognitive functionality.
- Stop Smoking: Giving up smoking and other factors that increase your risk of heart disease will ensure that blocked arteries do not create obstructions for blood flow to your brain.
- Talk To Your Doctor: If you are taking medications that have been shows to impact your brain, do not be afraid to talk to your doctor about their effects. Your healthcare provider should be able to work with you to find the right medication to treat your health condition and preserve your mental agility.
- Keep Learning: To keep your brain active, seek out opportunities to learn a new skill, make new friends, or expand your cultural horizons.
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