The Importance of Brain Health
By: Tanaziona Lucious
Taking care of your body is more than just eating healthy and exercising regularly, it is also important to exercise your brain. The brain is an organ, but with some mental stimulation or “exercise,” you can train your brain to become faster, stronger, and better every day.
A human brain functions across many different areas including the cognitive, sensory, behavioral, social-emotional, and motor domains.
Each of these areas play a significant role in making sure that you can live your life to the fullest potential.
Some specific brain exercises include:
The cognitive domain is wired to help you receive, select, store, develop, and recover information from external stimuli which is our five senses (touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight) and your equilibrium. You can exercise this part of your brain by:
A diet of rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat
Eating Omega-3 fatty acids (Nuts and seeds, plant oils, and fish and other seafood)
Keep your brain active by learning something new or picking up a hobby, such as learning a new language, reading books, or playing games such as scramble or chess.
Being social and making new connections with people will help preserve your cognition and slow down the declines.
The sensory part of your brain helps you gather information from your surroundings. These senses include sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing. Your brain uses the information gathered and tells your body how it should respond to a situation. You can exercise this part of your brain by:
Retraining your nose to smell. You train your nose by smelling a strong scent and think about what it smells like which helps reform the expected responses to your brain and nose.
Eat food rich with antioxidants to help improve your vision. The foods include nuts, cranberries, strawberries, oranges, spinach, carrots, avocados, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and herbs such as peppermint and oregano.
Stop smoking cigarettes. They can dull your senses like your taste buds, hearing, and even your vision.
Overall, here are just a few things that can help improve your brain health:
Connect with family and friends
Exercise your brain.
Control risk factors
Relax and reduce the stresses in your life.
These are just a few everyday things that you can do that will help improve your life. Start by doing at least one of these a day and soon it will become part of your routine.