Having a healthy mind healthy body really is a match made in heaven. When you have a positive outlook on life and look forward to each new day eagerly you have a healthy mind. With the right attitude and outlook on life you are more likely to maintain your healthy body. As we age we need to take a closer look at our health and wellness. It is at this time of life that things can go wrong. Catching a problem early gives you a better chance of achieving a full recovery so regular health checks need to be high on your to do list.
Brain Health Tips
Your brain needs oxygen to perform efficiently and the best way to give it a a dose of oxygen is exercise that gets your heart rate up. Of course we all have memory lapses. You forget the name of someone you met two minutes ago but perhaps you were not interested in meeting that person or you were thinking of something else. it happens to everyone. If you are worried about your memory get your doctor to give you a mini mental examination to make sure it is not serious. This is a simple memory test the doctor can perform in the surgery. It consists of a serious of questions to test your cognitive function.
Even though it is not a given that aerobic exercise increases brain health because it gives your brain more oxygen it has been found that it does improve your brain function. According to Johns Hopkins neurologist Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. “Memory is just a tiny part of brain functioning, and there’s a lot you can do to protect your brain health,”
It has never been proven how increasing blood flow benefits brain health but it is suspected that it increases the connection of cells that form memory. It is also possible that exercise does release chemical that are important to these cell connection.
What they do know is that it works so get a clearance from your doctor and get that blood pumping to your brain.
Medical Health Tips
When you visit your doctor to get a clearance to say it is safe for you to exercise why not get a full check up for any other problems that could affect your brain or body? There are some illnesses that could affect you without you even knowing that anything was wrong. High on that list is high blood pressure. If untreated this can lead to stroke so always get it checked.
Heart Disease and Diabetes are also a danger to your brain and body health so a few simple tests to rule them out will put your mind at rest. Usually with mature onset diabetes you can control it with diet and exercise. High cholesterol can also be reduced by changing your diet. Your doctor may refer you to a dietician to get help with diet control of both of these illnesses.
Your brain needs it’s rest. It has been proven that lack of sleep can cause cognitive problems and memory loss. You may have Sleep Apnea and not realize it. If your spouse complains about your snoring you need to talk to your doctor. Of course stress can also be a big factor in preventing you getting enough sleep. Then of course there is the broken sleep when you need to get up to the toilet through the night.
As you age this can become a problem for many. For men it may be caused by Prostate problems and this needs to be checked. In women it may be pelvic floor problems and they may need the help of a Physiotherapist to tighten their pelvic floor muscles.
Sedatives and medication for anxiety can be the cause of some memory loss. Your doctor will either run through your medications with you or arrange for them to be checked by a pharmacist.
Put Your brain To Work
Fire up your synapses and learn new things. Never listen to anyone who tries to tell you that you are too old to learn new things. It simply is not true. Social interaction with your friends is a great way to get the brain ticking over. Join social groups, learn new things and play up a little.
Isolation can lead to depression and this will also affect your memory so get out there and kick up your heels a bit. Live love and be happy.
You have probably heard them all but, just in case here are a few of the myths that are circulating about your memory. If you have had a few lapses and are worried about your memory you are not alone. One of the greatest fears many people over 60 have is Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia of any kind. The only thing that outranked it in the fear stakes was cancer.
Forgetfulness is not Alzheimer’s. The common term for a memory lapse is a brain fart so the next time you have one just smile and remember that was all it was.
It is true that doing puzzles has limited benefits but it will only help you to do the next puzzle.
What is a little known truth is that your diet can effect your memory. A good healthy diet such as the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risks of illnesses that affect you cognitive functioning. The Mediteranian diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish, grains, beans, nuts and olive oil and limits red meat and sugar and it will help to keep you memory snapping like a bad dog.
Alcohol, handle with care. Too much drinking can cause memory problems. Your thoughts may not be as clear as they should be. Excess alcohol can lead to weight gain and being overweight often leads to depression which is another cause of memory problems.
Isolation can be damaging to your memory. We are social animals and interacting with friends and family helps keep our minds sharp.
Mind & Body Made For Each Other
A healthy mind needs a healthy body so taking care of your general health and well being is the best way to keep your mind active and alert. Diet, exercise, socializing with friends, learning new things and having a positive outlook all work together to give you a healthy brain. We all love a drink or two when wine o’clock comes around but moderating our alcohol intake will help our brains and body’s stay in peak condition. Isn’t that what we all want?
It has been said that 60 is the new 40 so we could be around for a long time to come. Let’s make the most of it and take good care of our mind and body.
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