Unlock cognitive resilience with THIS surprisingly simple approach

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unlock-cognitive-resilience(NaturalHealth365)  There is a common belief that people are powerless against dementia.  However, while there isn’t a cure for this condition (according to Western medicine), this doesn’t mean we should accept it as an unavoidable fate.

A recent cohort study published in JAMA Neurology reveals that adopting a healthy lifestyle among seniors suffering from the common neuropathologies of dementia makes a meaningful difference in quality of life.  Moreover, a healthy lifestyle also has the potential to constitute a preventive measure against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Study reveals the powerful impact of lifestyle on cognitive function

Simple lifestyle changes can unlock cognitive resilience, enabling older adults to enjoy better cognitive function as they age.  However, the researchers caution that the link between a healthy lifestyle and improved cognitive function may not be entirely independent of dementia-related brain pathologies.

The study linked above looked at information from the Rush Memory and Aging Project, which is a long-term research project that includes data from 1997 to 2022.  It follows people over many years and includes information collected even after they have passed away.

In this study, they used data from 754 individuals who had passed away and had information about their lifestyle, cognitive abilities just before they died, and detailed examinations of their brain tissues.  The researchers analyzed this data between January 2023 and June 2023 to understand the relationships between lifestyle, cognitive abilities, and brain health.

What constitutes a healthy lifestyle score?

The study considered various factors to determine a healthy lifestyle score.  These included consuming minimal or no alcohol, engaging in at least 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, and following a healthy diet.

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A higher lifestyle score was linked to better cognitive function as people got older and approached the end of their lives.  Essentially, living healthily builds up a reserve of mental abilities, like a savings account for the brain, that can be drawn upon as one ages.  This reserve helps stave off dementia and improves quality of life.

Boost your brain health with these essential lifestyle tips for cognitive resilience

As we age, maintaining cognitive health becomes increasingly important for overall well-being.  Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can help build cognitive resilience and stave off cognitive decline.

Practice mental gymnastics:  Challenge your brain with puzzles, games, and activities that require problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.  Engage in activities such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, chess, or learning a new language to keep your mind sharp.

Embrace the Mediterranean diet:  Transitioning to the Mediterranean diet offers numerous benefits for both mind and body.  This diet emphasizes nutrient-rich foods such as wild caught fish, olives, olive oil, and dark leafy greens, all supporting cognitive function and overall health.  Of course, there are many other foods that support brain health such as, nuts and seeds.  If you’re looking for extra help, ask an experiences health coach for guidance.

Stay active, no matter your age:  While exercise may become more challenging with age, even light physical activity can profoundly benefit your mind and body.  Activities like gardening, walking, biking and pickleball can help you stay active and maintain your well-being well into your 60s, 70s and beyond!

By prioritizing optimal nutrition, regular exercise, and staying active, you can build cognitive resilience and maintain brain health throughout your life.  Investing in these simple lifestyle changes can lead to fulfilling and vibrant golden years.

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