Prioritize Brain Health

July 22nd is World Brain Day. Sponsored by the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), World Brain Day brings awareness of brain health’s importance and promotes prevention, advocacy, education, and access to resources and treatment. In honor of this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind,” here are some simple ways to prioritize your brain health.

  • Catch Some ZZs: Our brains and bodies regulate our sleep patterns, and sleep affects our brain’s health and function. When we get good quality sleep, research shows that our brains may be able to prevent the toxic buildup of amyloid plaques, a protein found in people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Break a Sweat: Studies show that the increased blood flow to the brain during exercise may help counter some of the natural breakdowns in brain connections and functioning as we age. Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity.
  • Keep Your Mind Active: Think of your brain as a muscle – to keep it in shape, it’s essential to stay mentally active. Complete a puzzle, learn a new language, or build something. Challenging your mind can have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
  • Fuel Properly: Good nutrition is as essential for your mind as for your body. Eating a diet lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruits helps reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Blueberries, fatty fish (i.e., salmon), broccoli, and turmeric are just a few foods that can improve everything from memory to concentration.


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