With age, we need to become more thoughtful so that we don’t become forgetful. The expectation and common experience are that we become more forgetful with age. Many expect to experience lower IQ with the aging process.
Fluid intelligence, the ability to deal with abstract concepts in finding solutions also seem to reduce. Everything seems to go downhill as we age.
However, is it the natural aging process or the behavior we engage or don’t engage in that causes our decline.
Do we act old because we are old, or are we old because we act old?
Majority point to Alzheimer, dementia and Parkinson’s that haunt later years of life. Few, those precious few point to the activities that slow down, prevent and even reverse these processes many accepted as irrefutable facts.
Use it so that you don’t lose it.
Often disuse and abuse lead to deterioration in relationships, the brain, and the body. The brain, like a muscle, responds and improves when challenged. Brain, like muscle atrophies with lack of use just like a muscle.
By challenging the brain, you force production of neurotransmitters and improve the plasticity of the brain which refers to its ability to regenerate and stay nimble.
We can stop learning and lose the pleasures of learning, or we can open ourselves to experiences that come through learning new things and what they bring.
We can feel sad, or we can access feel-good hormones dopamine and norepinephrine production in our brain by learning new things which by itself keeps us more interesting and interested in life.
Get moving and move More
Research in degenerative diseases of the brain uncovers how physical motion impacts the health of the brain. Not surprising, since that one of the primary survival skills in nature is our ability to move and the brain is in charge of that.
Movement challenges the brain. There are specific movements like balance exercises that challenge the brain more.
The movement also increases blood flow to the brain that needs nutrients and oxygen more than any other organ in the body.
Nothing demonstrates aging as much a stooped slow body. There is so much you can do to keep upright and agile.
Every physical aspect of the human body can be reduced to the chemical interactions that run it. Macro and micronutrients you place in your body from food impacts everything you do.
Some foods inflame the body; some food reduces the inflammation. Some foods oxidize the body; some foods reduce the oxidation. Some foods help you move; some foods stop you from moving.
Some foods help your brain to function; some stop it in its track.
The effect of what you eat is cumulative, and it shows up clearly as you age. When your grandmother said, eat your vegetables. Had you listened, you could tell your grandchild the same.
Otherwise, you may not even know your name, let alone know your grandchild.
Vegetables, when prepared correctly based on available scientific data, have the most powerful impact on brain health.