What can help you maintain mental fitness? Let’s explore!
Maintain a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet is very important in maintaining optimal mental alertness.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables; they are a much better source of vitamins and minerals than pills.
- Whole grains help you get enough B vitamins.
- Drink lots of milk for protein and calcium.
- Consume only moderate amounts of salt and sugar.
- Watch out for food additives, as some may be detrimental.
Remain Physically Active
Exercise is important for a healthy heart and good circulation. If you exercise regularly your mind will function better, your senses will be sharper, and you’ll have better balance and reflexes. Do whatever is possible for you – walking is splendid exercise.
Stay Mentally Active
Reading and other intellectually-challenging exercises such as crossword puzzles will keep your mind alert and in top shape. If you like to use you computer, try some of the new online sites like Lumosity, specifically designed to exercise your brain. Studies show that the more you exercise your brain, the less likely you are to have memory loss disorders.
Get Plenty of Rest
It’s not true that you need less sleep when you are older; you need just as much as ever. Try these tips if you can’t sleep:
- Exercise always helps.
- Drink less coffee or other caffeine drinks.
- Don’t take naps and you’ll sleep better at night.
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool.
- Avoid stress before bed; instead, do something relaxing.
- Don’t make sleeping pills a habit.
There are other factors that may contribute. to mental decline as you age, but if you follow these tips you are certainly increasing the odds in your favor. For more information, read Healthy Aging: Keeping Mentally Fit as You Age.
Editor’ Note – October, 2015: Raw Coconut Oil
As I’m approaching age 60 I’m having more and more difficulty with memory recall. My brain literally stops on occasion and takes me a few seconds. I literally catch myself stopping and saying, “okay, brain, think!” Can you relate?
Unhappy with the situation, I did some research and all roads seem to point to the brain’s need for essential oils. After all, it is something like 80% fat. I guess when the old man called me a “fat head” in my youth, I should have been saying, thank you!
After reading The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Brain Health I decided to give it a try. After three month of adding coconut oil to my diet daily, I can honestly say that I see a big difference. Not only are my “senior moments” fewer, but my mood is better, my hair is healthier, and I’m more regular than I’ve ever been.
I don’t know about all of the other claims made about coconut oil (cancer, heart disease, liver function, etc.), but I do know that it has given my memory function a huge boost.