Improve Mental Functioning As You Age!
Article by Johnfox
Improve Mental Functioning As You Age!
Most of us believe that once we reach mid-life it’s all downhill from there. What’s worse is that the statistics do seem to confirm this. In fact two thirds of us experience some form of mental decline after the age of 40 primarily due to physiological changes like thinning neuron and synaptic connections. In fact, 1 in 8 of us that are age 65 and older will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your brain is not destined to decline and break down with age. There are certain pre-emptive steps that you can take to avoid this bleak scenario. Improved mental clarity, memory concentration and focus are all possible if you start to pay attention and take the right steps now.
The predominant view is that at a certain age our brains mature and the number of brain cells remains fixed thereafter. Michael Merzenich, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, and pioneer of the concept of neuroplasticity, says, “We now understand that the brain is continuously rewiring itself based on our experiences.”
“Not only can you form new wiring among existing brain cells, you also can grow new ones,” says neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, author of The Better Brain Book. “We were always told you were given a finite number of brain cells and that it was a downhill slide as you aged. But, in fact, the human brain retains the ability to grow new brain cells throughout your lifetime”
There are several important steps that you can follow to dramatically enhance your mental functioning and attain increased mental clarity and focus as you age.
Regularly challenge your brain. Doing crossword puzzles are fine but after doing thousands of them you can expect only limited future benefits. Instead find some mental activity that you find challenging and interesting. For instance learn a new language or try playing an instrument. Your mind craves new and novel approaches to learning, so provide them. The very reading of these articles will challenge your mind and help attain improved memory and concentration.Challenge yourself physically. Aerobic exercise has been proven to improve brain functioning and improve synaptic activity. This is probably due to the improved oxygen intake to the brain resulting from improved cardiovascular physiology. Work out 50 to 60 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. You will immediately achieve natural stress relief, increased confidence, and enhanced mental clarity.Watch your diet. Specifically, increase your intake of colorful fruits and vegetables. The anti-oxidants contained in these foods have been proven to fend off free radicals in the brain and decrease inflammation, which has been shown to increase dementia.DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). This Omega 3 fatty acid is common in oily fish, algae and human breast milk. It may be the best brain nutrient available to improve mental health.Meditate. People who meditate have significantly lower levels of stress and anxiety than non meditators. Stress and anxiety have been tied to memory problems. A 2009 study by neuroscientists at the UCLA School of Medicine used MRIs to examine the brains of 22 long-term meditators and 22 people who did not meditate. The meditators showed significantly higher levels of gray matter in the right orbitofrontal cortex of the brain. This is the brain’s memory center. Meditation is a surefire way to improve memory concentration and focus. With practice, meditation will even help you to develop intuition and advanced cognitive abilities well beyond your current levels of comprehension.Make sleep a priority. Get at least 8 hours a day. Sleep helps to consolidate and store your daily memories and experiences. Without the correct amount of rest, your mind will be unable to retrieve valuable information when it’s needed. Getting enough rest will immediately increase energy, improve memory concentration and focus, and provide a deep level of mental clarity.On a personal note: Thousands of you read these articles on a regular basis but have not yet ordered the Yoga Awakening Meditation Collection. I urge you to give it a try. You will learn so much more about mind, body, and spiritual synthesis. These articles only lightly touch on various subjects of interest. The details, the why’s and how to’s, are all found in the actual program.
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