Healthy Brain Aging
Husband’s mother has dementia for a decade now. She is unresponsive to any noise and stares blankly at people. She waits for someone to feed, bathe, and dress her up. Also, she depends on people to put her to bed and also move her to the wheelchair.
At our 40s, we now experience memory blips or those on the tip of our tongue moments. Husband would sometimes show concern that he might end up taking care of two dementia patients. Are we on the verge of having dementia, too?
This made us wonder, do we have any control over our brain as we age? If so, how can we protect our cognitive health?
Glad that we got an invite from Herbalife Nutrition Philippines at its recent press conference. Guest speaker Dr. Gary Small, a member of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, discussed practical ways to improve memory and maintain cognitive functions. We are sharing here a few key takeaways.
The best diet for our brain is what’s best for our heart, too. This means we need to eat more antioxidant-dense food like artichokes, kale, and strawberries. Getting protein from fish and legumes is also helpful, same with opting for healthy unsaturated fats over saturated fats or butter. Herbalife has nutritional shake mix drinks to make protein shakes, and these drinks can be consumed as a healthy dinner, or even a snack between meals.
Food rich in omega-3 fats like tuna, salmon, and nuts is also suitable for our diet. Likewise, processed food may do no good to us; thus, we need to lessen, if not remove it from our system.
A healthy brain works best when good nutrition is paired with excellent cardiovascular health. Simple workout or dance, and even jump rope are brain improvement activities. Such activities positively affect brain function, as discussed in many research pieces, health literature, and testimonials.
Nothing beats having a solid community that encourages us more than brings us down. A nurturing and supportive core group we can depend on and feel we are loved and appreciated. They are the same people who would show concern and keep us active, both physically and socially.
Exercising the brain stimulates the growth of new brain cells. It also aids in preventing age-related health declines like dementia. Brain exercises like answering crossword and puzzles not only sharpen our memory but also enhances our thinking.
Brain scientists disclosed that cultivating an optimistic outlook in life makes us live longer and sharper. It wouldn’t hurt then that instead of entertaining negative thoughts, we think of happy, positive things. Practicing mindfulness, looking at the bright side of life, and being in harmony with nature are some ways to welcome positivity.
Healthy Brain Aging
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Early intervention is vital to alleviate pain or loss. Thus as early as today, we eat well, be physically active, and exercise our brains, among other ways to prevent or delay dementia.
We could feel and see the pain in everybody’s eyes as husband’s mother turns into a mere living statue. She lost knowledge of objects and worse, seems not to know when to eat, sleep, and change clothes if not assisted. And the worst yet to possibly happen next is she forgets to breathe.
Momi Berlin Directory
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Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.