Easy ways to boost brain health

According to the National Institute on Aging, research shows that a complex interaction between your DNA, diet, physical activity level and sleep quality affects your brain health and cognitive function.

This means that your bad habits can trigger changes in your brain and contribute to the decline of your brain health.

Stay sharp as you age with these easy ways to boost your brain power:


  • Eat brain food. Certain foods keep your brain functioning optimally, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Some of these top “brain foods” include wild salmon, nuts and seeds, avocados, blueberries, dark chocolate and whole grains.


Your brain loves both omega-3 essential fatty acids and anything with antioxidants.

  • Exercise your brain. Puzzles, brain teasers and games help create new associations within your brain to keep it fresh. As an added exercise, try completing everyday activities with your non-dominant hand, such as combing your hair and brushing your teeth.
  • Continue to learn. The learning shouldn’t stop once you leave school.
  • Continue to try new activities and test your brain by reading, taking classes or learning a language.
  • Keep a sleep schedule. Not only is sleep fundamental for regenerating your physical body, but it has restorative properties for your brain as well.
A good night’s sleep helps you to look at problems in a new light and improves your ability to think creatively. If you’re having trouble getting at least six hours of sleep per night, try ditching the technology before bed.


Asthma a common health disorder

According to the American Lung Association, asthma is one of the most common childhood health disorders, affecting as estimated 7.1 million U.S. kids ages 18 and younger.

Triggers can range from viral infections to allergies to irritating gases and particles in the air.

Cigarette smoke is another very common trigger for asthma in people of all ages.

Your child’s doctor can help you manage your child’s asthma; treatments can include inhalers and other medications.

Safeguard against extreme weather

“It’s important for seniors to be aware of weather dangers, stay abreast of what’s happening in their area and take steps to protect themselves from storms, flood and excessive heat,” says Thair Phillips, president of RetireSafe, a senior advocacy group. Take precautions against extreme heat, which can be particularly life-threatening for seniors. Try to remain indoors in air conditioning during the worst heat of the day. Use fans to supplement A/C in your home. If you’re without air-conditioning, try to go to a public place, such as a library, during a heat wave.

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