How to Boost Your Brain Health

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Most of us understand that eating right and getting enough exercise are integral parts of staying healthy physically, but many people often overlook the importance of their mental health when it comes to their overall wellness. Whether you’re looking for ways to boost your brain’s sharpness or simply want to maintain or even improve your mental health and quality of life, following these tips can help.

Reduce Stress

Chronic stress continues to pose a serious health threat for millions of Americans. Between stress in the workplace, in family situations, and even caused by our own personal goals, chronic stress is hard to avoid. However, high stress levels have been linked with both physical and mental effects on your health, ranging from heart disease to anxiety and depression.

So taking steps to reduce stress, such as breathing exercises, taking a walk outside, and unplugging from technology, can help to improve your mental health and reduce your risk of developing certain chronic diseases.

Eat Brain-Boosting Foods

As the saying goes, you are what you eat, and that certainly applies to your mental state, just as much as it does to your physical well-being. To boost your memory and brain function, stock up on foods like:

  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Walnuts

In the same sense, knowing which foods to avoid for a healthier mind and body can also be very impactful.

Keep Your Mind Active

No matter your age, keeping your brain active can have a significant impact on your mental state and memory function. Research has also shown that by giving your brain new activities and problems to solve, you could help to stave off conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. The key is to continue learning new things and performing different mental activities to keep your mind sharp, rather than repeating the same tasks over and over again.

 

Upcoming Events

Aug
6
Tue
2019
6:00 pm Suicide Awareness and Prevention @ Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation
Suicide Awareness and Prevention @ Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Dr. Angela Bloomquist, School Psychology Program Coordinator, California University of PA as she discusses the prevalence of suicide, the warning signs of suicide and the appropriate interventions for suicide.  The seminar is sponsored by the Heatherlyn A. Marshall Memorial Fund of the AKHF. Free and open
Sep
27
Fri
2019
8:30 am 10th Annual Sporting Clay Event @ Promise Land Hunting Preserve, Slate Lick, PA
10th Annual Sporting Clay Event @ Promise Land Hunting Preserve, Slate Lick, PA
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am
The Foundation’s 10th Annual Sporting Clay Event will be held on Friday, September 27th with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Promise Land Hunting Preserve, Slate Lick, PA.  Shooting begins promptly at 10 a.m.  Lunch is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.  $125 Registration fee per person, $500 for a team of