5 Steps to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Push-ups stimulate blood flow to the brain, generating new brain cells, which are your body's most effective weapon against cognitive disease. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Push-ups stimulate blood flow to the brain, generating new brain cells, which are your body’s most effective weapon against cognitive disease. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting some 5.4 million Americans, according to Alzheimer’s Association. Lower your risk with this 5-step plan from Dr. Mehmet Oz and neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi (via www.doctoroz.com):

  1. Take a DHA supplement. Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that makes up much of your brain tissue. This supplement will reduce inflammation, fight the plaque buildup associated with Alzheimer’s, and increases blood flow to your brain. Research has shown that taking 600mg of DHA supplement daily for six months can help your brain to function as if it were three years younger.
  2. Switch things up. Adding variety to your daily mental routine cross-trains different muscles in your brain to prevent memory impairment. Try putting your watch on your opposite wrist, using your opposite hand while brushing your teeth, doing your hair, eating or writing.Continue Reading …
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8 Ways to Improve Your Brainpower

Exploring somewhere you've never been, like a new bike path or walking trail, is a great way to engage your brain. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Your muscles aren’t the only part of you that craves fitness. Here are eight ways to cross-train your brain for better brainpower (via Care2 Healthy Living):

1. Work on your weaknesses. Like your muscles, your brain is a creature of habit. To improve it, focus on activities you don’t normally do. For example, if you’re really good with numbers but not a big reader, try picking up a classic such as Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and see if you can read it cover to cover.

2. Take the road less traveled. Take a different route when traveling to the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Driving routes are one of the biggest routines we have—and one of the easiest to practice breaking. Just be sure to leave a bit earlier than normal in case you get lost or your new route takes longer than you anticipate.Continue Reading …

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