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November 24, 2008

7 Tips For Keeping Your Brain Young

More wellness advice comes from an an article in Reader's Digest. Before you shot the messenger, I must say that many of the sources pulled into this article are right in line with the brain plasticity literature that we've been reviewing this semester in my neuroscience class. And it's fascinating stuff.

1. Exercise -- The brain is an oxygen hog. Move your body and your brain gets the benefits because of increased blood flow that brings oxygen to your brain.
2. Food -- Diet is important. Food that is good for your body is also good for your brain. Think bright colors and high fiber.

The same weight that burdens your legs on the stairs also burdens your brain for the witty reply or quick problem solving.

3. Speed up processing -- Remember those Brain Age Games for the Nintendo DS I blogged about in the past. They work!
4. Stay calm -- stress is bad for your brain.

A part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is a primary locus of memory formation, but which can be seriously debilitated by chronic stress.

5. Get a good nights sleep -- sleep on a problem can help you come up with creative solutions.
6. Laugh.
7. Good news -- with age we have a larger pool of experience to draw from, so we are better at synthesizing and integrating information as we age.

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