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Feed Your Brain: Tips for Better Brain Health

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A Woman's Health

C.H. Weaver M.D.


What can we do to stop the deterioration of the brain as we age?According to neuroscience research, the aging brain has more capacity to change and adapt than previously thought. The brain continues to develop neural pathways to adapt to new experiences, learn new information, and create new memories. The more new learning experiences we have, the more neural pathways we create, which means we can stockpile a more extensive network of neurons that can slow down the process of cognitive decline. The physical decline of the brain, meaning the actual shrinkage and deterioration that begins in our forties, corresponds with cognitive decline. Therefore, brain health must be prioritized for those heading into their forties and fifties to reap the most significant rewards. To preserve brain function, it is essential to reduce multitasking, avoid automated behavior, and engage in repetitive mental stimulation, such as learning a new language or word daily. Lifestyle factors that can impact brain health include diet, weight control, sleep, exercise, stress management, and supplements.Read the full article here.

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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