Of all the many health concerns that we each need to be aware of, one organ which you should really be paying close attention to is the brain. Most people fail to really take good care of their brains, and yet it is obviously one of the most important parts of your body for physical and mental wellbeing. So what can you do to have a healthier brain?
In this post, we will take a look at some of the ways you can better care for your brain, and enjoy all of the results of doing so.
Look After Your Senses
The health of your senses and the health of your brain are intricately and intimately linked. If you are taking good care of your senses, your brain is going to be in a better condition, and vice versa. For instance, there is a strong link between hearing health and your brain, so if you make a point of keeping on top of your hearing you are going to find it is good for your brain as well. It’s important that you look after your eyes, ears, and nose if you want to care for your brain a little better.
Drink More Water
How often do you promise yourself that you are going to drink more water, only to fail to live up to the promise? A lot of us do this on a regular basis, but here is one very good reason that you should try to do it for real next time. If you are dehydrated by only 2%, your performance in memory, attention and physical performance will decrease significantly. Given that the brain is 80% water, that is hardly surprising. Make sure you carry a bottle with you everywhere you go, and drink from it regularly throughout the day.
Build up Your Cognitive Reserve
All of the things that you have ever experienced are stored away somewhere, even if you can’t access all of the memories. This is known as your cognitive reserve, and your brain feeds on it in order to work out the solutions to problems in the future. As such, you can help your brain to remain healthy for the duration of your life simply by building up your cognitive reserve. That means going out and experiencing as much of a variety of experiences as you can, and varying the stimuli as much as possible.
Get More Sleep
If you are ever sleep-deprived, you will know just from how it feels that it makes it harder to think straight. If you are frequently lacking in sleep, your brain is going to be in a much worse position than if you are getting all the sleep you need. So it’s important that you are doing all you can to improve your sleep, whether that means cutting out the caffeine or developing a better bedtime routine. It’s all going to help, and it will mean that your brain is going to stick it out that much longer in your old age.