25 Proven Ways To Keep Your Mind Sharp And Young

Alzheimer’s and Dementia are the boogeymen of the elderly, but did you know cognitive function starts decreasing at 30? (!!) So if you’re reading this, and you’re over 30, sorry, you’ve already peaked, and you’re not even middle aged yet. However, the good news is that there ARE things we can do to keep our minds sharp and decrease our risk factors for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Here are 25 Clever Ways To Keep Your Mind Sharp And Young.

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Eat Well! Antioxidants are good for your brain, and fresh fruits and veggies contain a lot of them. A brain fueled with good food works better than a brain fueled with Twinkies and Doritos. (aw man...)

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Higher Blood Pressure in midlife can increase your chances of cognitive decline when you're older, so keep your blood pressure under control.

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Taking a brief walk can actually help decrease your risk for dementia in old age, some studies suggest. Power walks improve blood flow which helps prevent the condition.

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Get your good fat! You brain needs fat to function, but only very specific kinds of fats. (That's why babies need breast milk during those crucial first two years of life; it's FULL of good fat.) For adults though, Omega 3 Fatty Acids are necessary, and a lot of people are lacking because our bodies don't make them; they MUST be a part of our diet. These fats can be found in fish, some nuts, and supplements that are sold just about everywhere. Omega 3s also help reduce inflammation and may help stave off heart disease. So eat good fish twice a week or take a supplement.

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Keep your cholesterol low, as high cholesterol is a risk factor for vascular dementia (also known as small blood vessel disease in the brain) later in life.

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