5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Sunday, September 30, 2012

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp By Woman's Day Staff

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp
By Woman's Day Staff
Fri, Jun 18, 2010
Everyone is forgetful, but as we age, we start to feel like our brains are slowing down a bit—and that can be the most frustrating thing in the world. Luckily, research shows there is a lot you can do to avoid those “senior moments."
1. Chill Out
The brain remembers better when it’s relaxed, say researchers at the California Institute of Technology, so take a few minutes each day to breathe deeply or meditate. "The positive of meditation is you have focused concentration and relaxation taking place at the same time," says Elizabeth Edgerly, PhD, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association. "Researchers believe those things are good because they're developing new connections for your brain cells."
2. Focus on the Future
People who regularly made plans and looked forward to upcoming events had a 50 percent reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study. But don’t worry if your calendar isn’t overflowing with life-changing events. Something as simple as setting a goal to have a weekly coffee date with a friend (and keeping it) will do. "Psychologically it keeps us motivated," Dr. Edgerly says. "There's evidence that people who have a purpose in life or who are working on long-or short-term goals appear to do better." In other words, keep your brain looking forward.
3. Go for a Walk
Mildly elevated glucose levels (even if you don’t have diabetes) can harm the area of the brain that helps you form memories, say Columbia University researchers. Experts agree that physical activity can help get blood glucose down to normal levels. In fact, the strongest evidence is regarding the effect of physical activity on the brain. Dr. Edgerly says, "When you exercise, you release chemicals that are good for your brain. It's like a mini fountain of youth in your brain, and the only way you can get it is exercise." In other words, when you take care of your heart, you take care of your brain.
4. Snack on Berries
Blueberries have compounds called anthocyanins that help communication between brain cells and appear to improve memory, says Robert Krikorian, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. In general, Dr. Edgerly says the darker the fruit or vegetable, the better. She adds, "It's a healthy, well-rounded diet, especially one that mimics a Mediterranean diet, and that's fish, lots of fruits and vegetables, and red wine, everyone likes the red wine part."
5. Learn Something New
Take a Spanish class online, join a knitting club, or learn to play poker. A UC Irvine study found that mental stimulation limits the debilitating effects of aging on memory and the mind. But the best thing for your brain, Dr. Edgerly insists, is when you combine learning something new with physical activity. "It should be something like dancing, or coaching a sport. Or go learn golf with your girlfriends. That sort of thing is even better for your brain than, say, a crossword puzzle.”


September 30, 2012

Not all people know about how powerful a choice to be happy really is. I am not a good writer but I write from my heart and I just want to share this to all of you. I am not here to lure you into voting the best writer there is or prove to my professor that I can write.

HHHhhmmm,anyway, I just read an article about congeniality of how to be liked by all?!! it's easy to said than done right???.... We always worry too much about small things and what people will think and say about our status in life, or how our relatives and family will react in our actions and decisions in life. I am not saying that you do what makes you happy, No... that is too much to ask.. rather Choose to be happy if that is what you want. Don't care less, that is so heartless of you. Give what you can give, take but don't take it all for you, share what you can share and keep what you must keep. Is this confusing for you? that's what I thought.... What I'm trying to say is that if everything falls apart, you have to make a choice to whether dwell on the past or move on. Life is not that easy. I know...

In every experience there will always be a good fruit  and that is your choice whether to pick the good apples and throw the rotten ones.
 So how will you do it? Simple, get up and say to yourself. IT'S TIME TO CHOOSE MY HAPPINESS. WHATEVER ANXIETY YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW, DEAL WITH IT AND LET IT GO!!

it's cliche but true, we live only once... don't keep yourself waiting for nothing... you have a purpose, find that and you will find happiness... it's your choice!!!