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There is no health without brain health. It’s quite the no brainer, ironically enough. Although our brain controls all aspects of our daily lives, it still has it's mysteries. What we do know is our environment can alter the functions of genes. Researchers are more optimistic that we can overcome or modify genetic vulnerability and environmental factors to brain disorders. We also now know that neurogenesis, or the growth of new brain cells, occurs continuously throughout our lives. So, here are 3 simple brain booster tips to follow:
1. Move it
As we age, our brain cells, called neurons, lose the tree-branch-like connections between them. These connections, or synapses, are essential to thought. Quite literally, over time, our brains lose these connections. Perhaps the most striking brain research today is the strong evidence we now have that exercise may forestall some kinds of mental decline. It may even restore memory. Myriad animal studies have shown that, among other brain benefits, aerobic exercise increases capillary development in the brain, meaning more blood supply, more nutrients and — a big requirement for brain health — more oxygen.
2. Feed it
Another path to a better brain is through your stomach. Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. The foods particularly important to keep our grey matter happy would include the many colorful fruits and vegetables packed with antioxidants, as are whole grains, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and spices to name a few.
3. Laugh a Little
The famous Irish proverbs is as followed — "A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book". Humor stimulates the parts of our brain that use the “feel good” chemical messenger, dopamine. That puts laughter in the category of activities you want to do over and over again, such as eating chocolate or sex. Laughter is pleasurable, perhaps even “addictive,” to the brain.
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