Brain Health

Brain Health

 

Introduction

You have a lot of control over the health of your brain and mental wellness. Making key lifestyle choices can go a long way to maintaining a high level of cognitive health and avoiding age-related cognitive decline.

Table of Contents

The Human Brain – A Fascinating Mystery ………………………………………………………………………………. 1
23 Fascinating Brain Facts …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2
Brain Structure …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Parts Of The Brain …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
The Cerebrum ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
The Magic In The Wrinkles …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7
The Cerebellum ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 7
Brain Stem ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8
Two Hemispheres …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 8
The Neuron Forest ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 9
Neurons ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 9
Neurotransmission ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10
Brain Plasticity ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13
Brain Changes Through Your Years …………………………………………………………………………………… 13
Birth to Age 10 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 13
Age 10 to 30 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
Age 30 to 40 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Age 40 to 50 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Age 50 to 60 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Age 60 to 70 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 14
Age 70 And Beyond …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 15
How The Brain Is Nourished ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 16
12 Cornerstones Of Holistic Brain Health ……………………………………………………………………………… 17
Physical ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17
Exercise ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
Diet & Nutrition ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 19
Medical Health ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 24
Mental …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 25
Build Your Cognitive Reserve ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 26
Meditation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 28
Games And Puzzles ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 31
Emotional And Lifestyle …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 32
Happiness and Positivity ………………………………………………………………………………………………. 32
5 Ways To Refocus Your Thinking ……………………………………………………………………………… 35
Laughter …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
Good Sleep …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 38
Socializing And Human Connections …………………………………………………………………………….. 38
Relaxation …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 39
Stress Management …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
60 Ways To Reduce Stress ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 42
Use Your Imagination ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
Keeping Your Memory Healthy Throughout Aging ………………………………………………………………… 47
Actively Learn …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 48
Repeat To Remember ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
Economize ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 48
Space It Out ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 49
Use Every Sense ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 49
Dealing With Distractions ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 49
Potential Threats To Brain Health ………………………………………………………………………………………… 51
Modern Lifestyle And Brain Health ………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
Final Thoughts ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 54