Do you notice that most people care about their health, but mostly for the position below the neck? Are you one of them? Do you know that? All organs function well depend on a healthy brain. Our thinking, feeling, memory, working or even playing needs a healthy brain to operate.
Now, let’s learn a few tips to protect our brain!
1. Use your brain more often
Brain is like a machine. Use it more often and it will become better and faster. The development of the brain is based on the principle of “use and disuse”; therefore, we should do more educational activities to create new sensory experience. We could play cards, chess or mahjong. We should read more books and magazines, learn foreign languages or other skills, or we can go backpacking.
2. Balanced diet
Our meals should be high-fiber, less salt and low fat. Intake more food rich in protein, Omega-3, Vitamin B complex, folic acid and natural antioxidants（Vitamin C, E, Beta Carotene）, such as milk, fresh sea fish, vegetables with darker colour, fruits, whole grains, and try to drink green tea.
3. Regular exercise
Physical exercise can stimulate the brain and make people happy, satisfy and slowing the loss of nerve cells. Exercise every day, even it is just a walk or climbing the stairs or house work can help to protect your brain. Besides, exercise can increase the blood circulation of the brain. Oxygen and glucose are the essential substances for the brain, increasing the blood circulation to the brain can increase their supply.
4. Contact with people
Participate more social activities and avoid interpersonal isolation or withdrawal. Literature confirms that people often interacts with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues will be less susceptible to mental decline and live a longer life.
5. Safety First
Take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of head injuries. Put on a helmet when riding a bike, working or for some sports. Fasten your seat belt when driving. Watch out when you walk, don’t slip.
6. Emotional Management
Enrich your knowledge and skills on pressure management, such as practicing relaxation techniques, positive thinking, self-affirmation, time planning and establish support system. Study shows that long-term exposure to stress hormones can cause massive death of neurons, leading to atrophy of the hippocampus and other brain regions.
7. Enough sleep
It is appropriate to sleep 6 to 8 hours a day and the quality of sleep and environment must be maintained. If we do not have sufficient rest, it is hard to compensate the fatigue of the brain, leading to the damage of memory and concentration and eventually increase the risk of stroke.
8. Say “No” to smoking and alcohol
Do not smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs. They will disturb the balance of the biochemical mechanism of your brain and lead to lesions of human organs and tissues.
9. Weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
Pay attention to your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol and make sure that they are in thehealthy range. Seek professional advice when necessary; never underestimate the potential threat of their complications to the brain. Take good care of your brain and health will follow.
10. Balanced Diet
Follow the “Food Pyramid”, intake various kinds of food and absorb different nutrition. Avoid lacking certain nutrients.
11. Regular meals
If you take your three meals at a regular time, you can prevent the brain nutritional level from fluctuating. Some studies show that the people who eat breakfast can concentrate better than those who skip breakfast. It is because after the rest of the night, glucose in the blood will be lowered. However, glucose is the fuel for the brain cells.
12. Keep your heart healthy
Avoid fat and oily food to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. They will lead to higher chance of cognitive disorder.