Cancer is one of the scariest words in our dictionary. It can strike with no warning and it affects people of every gender, race, age, height and weight. Marathon runners and couch potatoes get cancer. Vegans and junk food lovers get cancer. It may seem impossible to stop. You can turn the odds in your favor though and that is what this month on ASKinyourface.com is all about: being your best self and learning about cancer prevention. How can you use your brain to prevent cancer? Keep it strong and learn warning signs.
Puzzles, brain teasers, word games, Sudoku, crosswords and much more are great ways to keep your brain healthy and strong. When you were a student (or if you are one now), you used your brain almost constantly to study, socialize, do homework and learn. As you enter the working world, you still use your brain to problem solve. Think of it like the muscles in your body. You need to keep using these muscles and exercising or you will get weak. The same goes with your brain. If you don’t keep challenging it, your brain muscles could grow weak and susceptible to diseases of the mind.
Use technology to your advantage. With iPhones, iPods, iPads and other smart devices, there are thousands of Apps you can download to work out your brain.
Some of my favorites are:
- 7 Little Words
- Words With Friends
- Hanging With Friends
- Slice It!
- Unblock Me
- Sextuple Word
If you have some kind of smart device, simply search “brain teasers” or “puzzles” in the App store and discover all the free Apps that are out there to work your brain!
Another way to keep your brain healthy is to understand warning signs to be aware of. Don’t brush off weird feelings or when you don’t quite feel right. Severe headaches, re-occuring headaches, problems with eyesight, numbness or any type of unusual pain could be a way your body is trying to tell you something serious is wrong. Use your brain: see a doctor!
Finally, keep control of your health. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Some foods that are great for your brain health are: blueberries, fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, whole grains, beans, pomegranate juice, tea and dark chocolate. If you’re picky with your food and still want the nutrients, take an Omega-3 with your daily vitamins.
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