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July 26, 2017

When we think of getting older, many of us fear the repercussions such as memory loss and a decrease in brain function. What can we do to delay these things from happening? What does the role of diet, exercise, and managing stress have to do with brain function? We all want to stay young and be alert as we age. There are many things that we can do to continue to be at the top of our game.
How Fitness Protects Aging Brains

July 13, 2017

Dr. Mercola

 

Three Major Requirements for Brain Power

Cognitive changes related to aging are actually related more to today's diet and lifestyle, rather than to the aging process itself. As you age, the cumulative effects of environmental toxins, exposure to free radicals, poor nutrition, stress and other factors take their toll on your body. What has been called "age-related cognitive decline" is really an accumulation of this damage to your cells. But this cognitive decay is NOT set in stone!

There are three primary factors that play a powerful role in maintaining sharp mental function, even as you age:Regular exerciseThe foods you choose to eat or avoid Managing your emotional stress The latest studies, discussed in the following section, really underscore just how important exercise is in order for your brain to function optimally. You already know how important it is to "exercise" your brain by learning new skills, adopting new and varied daily routines, and engaging in creative activities. Such mental and social exercises stimulate brain activity and promote new neural connections. However, physical exercise is even more important than mental exercise, when it comes to protecting your brain from cognitive decline.


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