Memory is an indispensable part of life and survival. We need it to remember who we are, how to walk and talk, and how to avoid danger. It brings us recollections that inspire, comfort, pleasure, and joy.
The brain naturally changes with age. In fact, throughout your lifetime, the brain changes more than any other part of your body. As you get older, there may be a gradual decline in your cognitive function. Mental tasks may take longer to finish, and your memory, learning, focus and attention span may be less sharp. According to studies, memory is the largest reported cognition issue, making up 60% of the condition.
Age-related cognitive decline is a complex process with numerous contributing factors, including the following:
Whatever the cause may be, taking care of your brain is one of the smartest things you can do.
Cognitive decline may range from brain fog to short-term memory loss, to awful brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
There is good news. Research, particularly in the last five years has shown that cognitive decline is not an inevitable consequence of aging. There are very promising methods that can halt this deterioration, even reverse it, through lifestyle changes in ways we didn't know previously were possible.
The greatest progress so far against cognitive decline is in the knowledge that dietary habits, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle activities, practiced over time, play a crucial role in protecting brain health and memory.
Take diet, for example.Your brain depends on nutrients, mainly protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, to keep its cells alive and functioning. These come from your diet. As a general rule, good nutrition for the body is good nutrition for the brain.
It gets down to this: You have the power to protect and maintain your memory and cognitive health by consuming the right nutrients and making healthy lifestyle decisions. Choice of diet, level of physical activity, and your ability to manage stress all contribute to maintaining the health and functionality of your brain. No existing standard of care can do this.Pursuing a proactive and lifelong brain health lifestyle is the key, and it is powerful. Cognitive decline does not have to be your destiny.
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