8 ways to keep your brain healthy
As Neurologist I am frequently asked, “what can I take to keep my brain healthy to help prevent Alzheimer’s dementia”. My answer is that there is no simple pill to keep your brain healthy, but these 8 tips are a great place to start.
- Exercise your body: More and more studies are coming out which reinforces what I have long believed, that exercise is the best prescription I can give to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia.
- Exercise your brain: Your brain is the most powerful ‘muscle’ of all. If you don’t use it you will lose it!
- Keep blood sugars under control: Diabetes increases your risk for Alzheimer’s dementia, as does having high blood sugar levels, in general, even without diabetes.
- Consider changing your diet to low carbohydrate high fat diet: A ketogenic diet has been shown to improve brain function, (and it will decrease your risk for diabetes). If you are not ready for that significant of a change, at least start adding more healthier fats into your diet such as: olive oil, DHE, Omega 3 fatty acids and coconut oil.
- Keep hydrated, drink more water: You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Example: if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water each day.
- Increase your daily intake of antioxidants: Antioxidants help protect your brain from damaging free radicals. Some common antioxidants include Vitamin C and E along with selenium and flavonoids. The best sources of natural antioxidants are fruits and vegetables.
- Decrease stress: If you are unable to limit the amount of stress you have in your life, at least find a healthy way to deal with it. My personal favorite is exercise!
- Get more sleep: Preferably between 7-8 hours per night.