This Way To A Healthy Brain

A healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy brain.  We know that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on the cells of our brain and body.

The Brain Foundation of Australia lists these as the major things we need to do to keep our brain fit and alert:

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  • Exercise and challenge your brain – don’t be a couch potato
  • Nourish your brain with a healthy diet, drink alcohol in moderation
  • Enjoy physical activity
  • Make “safety first” a priority – wear a helmet, drive safely, take any head injury seriously
  • Learn to manage stress and depression
  • Relax and sleep well
  • Have regular checks for blood pressure, diabetes, heart rate, cholesterol
  • Do not smoke or use illegal drugs

As the Brain Foundation points out, our brains start to decline by 40 and those parts that we don’t often use are the parts that will deteriorate first.    For maximum brain health we need to do a variety of things rather than just repeating the same activities that we always do.  For example, if you only ever do crosswords your number skills or memory might decline.   You are concentrating your activity too much in one area of the brain.

We have chosen to offer you a range of puzzles so that you can work on different parts of your brain.  Codewords, sudoku, word search and crosswords will all stimulate your brain in different ways.   Here in our blog we show you even more puzzles and activities that you can do.  Some require logic, some memory and some are just pure fun.  

It is advisable to devote some time each day to exercising your brain.  Why not set yourself the task to solve a crossword or a codeword during your commute to work.  All you need is your iPad.  You will energise yourself for the day ahead and reap huge benefits.  Start with easy puzzles and graduate to harder ones as you become more proficient.  It doesn’t take long and it is very satisfying.

Don’t forget that using your brain is only one part of keeping it healthy.  You need to exercise your body to keep your circulation going.  You need to eat a healthy diet to keep your cells nourished.  You need to get out into life so you can see, hear and smell different things.  The more physical and mental stimulation you can get, the better your brain health will be.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/

 

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