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    Top 10 tips for a healthy brain

    Top 10 tips for a healthy brain

    Posted on June 24th, 2024

    Did you know you have approximately 86 billion neurons in your brain, connected by an estimated 100 trillion synapses? That should give you some idea of what an incredibly complex and amazing organ your brain really is. Responsible for all your thoughts, emotions, memories, decisions, movements, speech, breathing and so much more – it’s obvious why maintaining a healthy brain should be at the top of your priorities. So, to mark World Brain Day on 22nd July, the health experts at YourGP reveal their top 10 tips to help you do just that.

    1. Stay hydrated

    Around 75% of your brain is made up of water. That means that dehydration can have a huge impact on how your brain functions. So aim to drink 2 litres of water per day to keep those brain cells fresh and functioning.

    2. Cut down or cut out alcohol

    Drinking alcohol regularly and over a long period of time can have a permanent negative effect on your brain, including problems with memory and some reduced cognitive function. Therefore, cut down to the government recommended amount of no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread across 3 days or more. Or better still, cut it out completely.

    3. Eat well

    A healthy, balanced diet that consists of plenty of vegetables, especially leafy greens, berries, nuts, whole grains, poultry and fish, as opposed to fatty, processed foods, will equip your brain with all the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its optimum.

    4. Rest

    Your brain is constantly on the go, with information passing between neurons at a rate of around 300mph! So allow your brain ample time to maintain the essential pathways by resting. Around 8 hours per night is the recommend amount you should be aiming for.

    5. Exercise regularly

    Working up a sweat through exercise boosts blood flow to your brain and directly benefits your hippocampus, the part of your brain responsible for verbal memory and learning. Whether you’re cycling to work, enjoying a kickabout in the park with the kids, or hiking up a hill – it all counts.

    6. Engage your brain

    The best way to keep your brain sharp is to use it! Make sure you put it to the test on a daily basis – learn a new language, pick up a puzzle book, or simply play along with your favourite TV quiz show.

    7. Protect your head

    Head injuries have the potential to cause permanent, irreparable damage to your brain, so always wear a helmet when engaging in activities such as cycling.

    8. Quit smoking

    Stopping smoking can reverse your risk of cognitive decline, comparable to the levels you enjoyed before you started. It’s never too late to stub it out!

    9. Look after your mental health

    Studies have shown that stress can negatively impact performance in cognitive tests, so make time to relax to reduce your stress levels. Things such as yoga and meditation, or even just taking a walk outside or listening to music can help your mind to unwind.

    10. Socialise

    Having an active social life helps to minimise your risk of stress, anxiety and depression, all of which can impact on your cognitive functioning.

     

    Speak to the experts

    For more advice on how best to maintain a healthy brain, book an appointment at YourGP via our simple online booking system, email reception@your.gp, or call us on 0131 225 5656 and we’ll be happy to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you. By providing tailored lifestyle advice, we can help you take control of your brain health and ensure you’re firing on all cylinders for longer!

     

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