Dos and Don’ts for a Healthy Brain

Brain-ExerciseFollow these tips to help keep your brain and your body vibrant and healthy throughout your life…

Do:

  1. Exercise your body regularly and get involved in physically active leisure pursuits
  2. Keep your mind exercised! Engage in active learning throughout life and pursue new experiences
  3. Stay socially engaged with friends, family and community groups
  4. Maintain a positive attitude and a sense of control over your life
  5. Take steps to manage stress
  6. Eat a balanced diet, and focus on brain-healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and consider taking a multivitamin supplement that includes antioxidants and folate
  7. Mind your numbers: Lose any extra pounds, lower your cholesterol if it is high, and keep your blood glucose and blood pressure under control
  8. Get adequate sleep
  9. Get proper medical attention and treatment for any underlying health problems

Don’t:

  1. Drink to excess, smoke, or use illicit drugs
  2. Ignore sudden changes in mental status (but don’t be overly concerned about normal slips of memory like forgetting names or where you put the keys)
  3. Avoid going to the doctor if you notice changes in your physical or mental health
  4. Overlook the possibility of drug interactions that can affect mental functioning, especially if you are taking more than one prescription medication
  5. Become isolated in your home
  6. Think you’re too old to take up something new!

Courtesy of Florida Department of Health.

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