Monday, December 25, 2006

10 Ways to Maintain Your Brain

Head First
Good health starts with your brain. It's one of the most vital body organs, and it needs care and maintenance.
Take Brain Health to Heart
What's good for the heart is good for the brain. Do something every day to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke ? all of which can increase your risk of Alzheimer's.
Your Numbers Count
Keep your body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels within recommended ranges.
Feed Your Brain
Eat less fat and more antioxidant-rich foods.

Work Your Body
Physical exercise keeps the blood flowing and may encourage new brain cells. Do what you can ? like walking 30 minutes a day ? to keep both body and mind active.
Jog Your Mind
Keeping your brain active and engaged increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Read, write, play games, learn new things, do crossword puzzles.
Connect With Others
Leisure activities that combine physical, mental and social elements may be most likely to prevent dementia. Be social, converse, volunteer, join a club or take a class.
Heads Up!
Take precautions against head injuries. Use your car seat belts; unclutter your house to avoid falls; and wear a helmet when cycling.
Use Your Head
Avoid unhealthy habits: don't smoke, drink excessive alcohol or use street drugs.
10. Think Ahead--Start Today
You can do something today to protect your tomorrow.

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