How Healthy Is Your Brain?

We have the power to positively influence our brain function throughout life. Research has suggested that our minds can be jump-started, fine-tuned and remodeled throughout adulthood, allowing us to grow and flourish well into the second half of life.

Do more of what you love, longer. Tips to maintain better brain health throughout life:

· Maximize your intake of DHA, the omega-3 fatty acid that makes up 50 percent of the brain and is a must-have to support lifelong brain health. Find DHA in fatty fish such as salmon and trout, along with algal DHA fortified foods like juice, milk, eggs, tortillas, yogurt, and algal DHA supplements.
· Switch out saturated and trans fats for healthier fats like the ones found in olive oil and fatty fish such as salmon or trout.
· Aim for a varied diet rich in fresh, washed fruits and vegetables with the skin on to maximize the nutritional punch. Make sure you're eating the colorful ones like red grapes, cranberries, blueberries and tomatoes.
· A healthy diet is the foundation for heart health as well. Manage your weight and keep cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure in check to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.
· Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day of the week. Exercising is a stress reliever, supports emotional health and helps reduce the risk for chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Brisk walking fits the bill.
· Find a brain-stimulating activity that is challenging and enjoyable – reading, dancing, crosswords, learning a new language – and engage in it regularly.
· Get enough sleep and manage stress levels.
· Laugh often!
· Keep working as long as you can and want to.
· Volunteer for a cause that is meaningful to you.
· Make friends and family a priority and spend time with them regularly.
· Join clubs or participate in religious/spiritual activities.
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