There’s more to sexy than looks. Being smart is just plain sexy. So it follows that brain health is of great importance.
My sexy, intelligent man likes me–in part because he thinks I’m smart as well as beautiful. (Okay, maybe he’s blind, but I soak up his compliments anyway.)
I read many articles about how to keep the brain healthy and functional as long as possible. I do this because the brain, in my opinion, is the most important part of the body. I don’t want there ever to come a day when my cognitive ability is impaired.
From recent articles, I’ve gleaned 3 facts that are repeated over and over regarding brain health.
1. Monitor Your Moods
Successful people manage their emotions–they don’t let their emotions manage them. It’s the same thing you’ve heard time and again. You determine whether you’re happy or not. You determine whether you’re a worrier. You determine if what other people say about you affects you.
Constant stress can change an optimist into a pessimist. You must learn to manage not only your emotions but also your stress. Stress is a part of life; it’s always going to be there. Create strategies now to manage your stress. Long term stress is connected with faster rates of decline in brain health. Meditation, mindfulness, and cognitive therapy helps greatly.
Learn now how to manage your emotions and stress because late life depression is linked to dementia. If you find yourself feeling sad and blue regularly, start taking note of your daily moods. Keep a journal so you can own what you’re feeling and analyze them. If you experience unwarranted sadness or black moods, talk to your doctor.
2. Monitor Your Sensory Experiences
Have your vision checked annually. If you find yourself over-seasoning food when you cook or eat, see an ENT specialist to make sure there’s not a nose or smell issue. If you find yourself turning the volume up on the television and others complain about how loud it is, get your hearing checked.
Problems with the senses–especially sight and hearing–have been linked to memory, thought, and socialization. When you get older, hearing problems seem to increase brain shrinkage.
3. Monitor Your Medication
There are so many prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, and even food that can cause dangerous side effects and interactions.
I feel like saying beware of any drug advertised on television–especially these new designer drugs with sky-high price tags–but every drug seems to be advertised now. It’s amazing to me that there are so many commercials for medications.
If you’re getting a new prescription, ask the doctor how long the drug as been on the market. If it’s fairly new, ask if there’s a medication that’s been around longer with a proven track record that you could take instead.
Always read precaution leaflets that come with your medications. Mark your calendar when you start something new. Never start more than 1 new thing at a time–even with health supplements. That way if you have a side effect or an interaction, you’ll know what caused it.
Many drugs cause suicidal thoughts. Anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and other antihistimines, sleep medications, and some antidepressants increase the risk of dementia.
If you can avoid taking these, it’s to your advantage. If you must take them, monitor yourself carefully. Ask someone close to you to check and see if your thoughts or moods seem different from what is “normal” for you.
By the way, there is no scientific evidence that so-called “brain games” or highly touted supplements help. Of course, there’s no evidence that they can harm either so if you’re budget allows, and they make you feel better then do them. Sometimes a placebo effect can be beneficial.
Need some more good advice for brain health? My grandfather had the best advice. He lived to be 100, and he was as sharp mentally then as he was when I was a little girl. He said, “Learn something new every day.” Keep learning, reading, and trying new things.
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