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COGNITIVE
ENHANCEMENT TIPS

Developing our brain health through diverse and engaging activities can enhance our cognitive skills, and may improve memory, concentration, information processing, and motor function. This can delay the onset of dementia and neurodegenerative diseases.  In addition to brain and memory activities, physical activity and exercises stimulates neuronal health and vitality and promotes new pathways and connections between brain cells. Physical activity also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine that are involved in regulating mood and attention. It also increases the levels of serotonin, endorphins and anandamide which can enhance mood and reduce anxiety.

 

It is important to make physical activity an ongoing part of your life no matter what your age is.

 

Recommendations:

  • Aerobic exercise can improve brain processing and memory and plays a key role in reducing neurodegeneration. 

  • Meditation and mindfulness practices can improve attention, memory, speech, cognitive flexibility, and potentially increase cognitive capacity.

  • A diet rich in antioxidants from vegetables, fruits and zero processed sugars can protect the brain cells against damage from oxidative stress and free radicals and reduce the risk of dementia.

  • Social relationships and engagement can have a positive effect on mood and health by buffering stress response and delaying cognitive decline.

  • Cognitively stimulating leisure activities, such as word games, puzzles, gardening, learning new language, reading books, or online subscriptions for mind exercises, can have long lasting results on cognition and prevent dementia. 

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