Slash your de­men­tia risk— now!

Woman's World - - Contents - Brenda Kearns

Mem­ory lapses, trou­ble con­cen­trat­ing…we can’t help wor­ry­ing when our brain seems scat­tered. In­deed, a re­cent study re­veals stay­ing sharp as we age is now our num­ber-one pri­or­ity! And ex­perts say you can stop— and even re­v­erse— brain ag­ing, cut­ting your risk of de­men­tia by 88% or more. And it’s sur­pris­ingly easy! Just…

Move ev­ery day

Get­ting 25 min­utes of brisk ex­er­cise daily could cut your risk of de­men­tia by 88%— plus help your brain func­tion as if it’s 11 years younger, sug­gests re­search from Swe­den’s Univer­sity of Gothen­burg. Turns out walk­ing, cy­cling and other aer­o­bic work­outs keep your heart strong and your ar­ter­ies re­laxed, and that makes it easy for oxy­gen-rich blood to reach ev­ery nook and cranny of your hard­work­ing brain!

Switch up carbs

Six re­cent stud­ies sug­gest that up to 80% of us could pre­vent de­men­tia and slow brain ag­ing by 55% by re­plac­ing grains and sim­ple su­gars with fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles and legumes. Ex­plains David Perl­mut­ter, M.D., au­thor of Grain Brain, “This healthy diet shift re­duces the body-wide in­flam­ma­tion that causes brain ag­ing.”

Have happy goals

Hav­ing a long-term goal you feel good about— such as try­ing a new recipe or in­gre­di­ent ev­ery week— can cut your risk of de­men­tia by 58%. That’s the word from a Cana­dian re­search team, who say reg­u­larly tack­ling fun, mean­ing­ful projects revs the pro­duc­tion of a brain-nour­ish­ing hor­mone called nerve growth fac­tor.

Brush and floss

You can cut your risk of mem­ory trou­bles by 41% just by brush­ing and floss­ing daily, ac­cord­ing to a study in Alzheimer’s Re­search & Ther­apy. The bac­te­ria that causes gum dis­ease can travel through your blood­stream and speed ag­ing of your brain. —

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