What will our beautiful and youthful skin, thick and shiny hair or strong biceps or nails do if the brain gets wrinkles. There are numerous anti-age programs against which we can maintain and nurture the most important “computer” in the human body-brain. It has long been thought that the brain ages after 45 or 50 years. A major US study found that the brain works best at 22 years of age. Then the process of brain aging begins, so people with 27 years of age are no longer British thoughts, fast and resourceful. After 30 years, brain fitness should begin. This is a common name worldwide for a comprehensive program that nourishes the brain and improves quality of life. We know that a quality life consists of proper nutrition, physical activity (at least intermittent), achieving and maintaining emotional stability and constant mental stimulation.
We all know more about the need for physical activity. Physical fitness, however, is important in order to maintain the cardiovascular system and to keep blood vessels elastic and passable. If you do not like sports and physical activities, experts say walking is enough (20 minutes of brisk and brisk walking or exercising at the gym once or twice a week). Healthy food is not a big unknown. What is good for the whole organism is good for the healthy brain. Avoid overcooked, salty foods, sweet and refined products. The human brain loves salmon, eggs, ground flax seeds, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, nuts (pumpkin seeds), black chocolate, forest fruits and black coffee.
Emotional stability, or how we handle everyday situations, determines how our brains will age. There is no universal recipe. Each person should find a technique that suits his character (meditation, yoga, indigenous training, aromatherapy, massage, psychological therapy with expert guidance, etc.). Emotional stability means accepting situations so that we are comfortable with them.
It means that we do not have to worry because we cannot change some situations around us, but do our best to create a micro-environment in which we will function well and be comfortable with ourselves.
Negative emotions that accumulate in a person favor the creation of free radicals. Stress secretes hormones that are harmful and lead to cell destruction in the brain. We lose emotional stability when we find it difficult to get up in the morning, or wake up with anxiety, fear, difficult problems in the family, in the workplace, feel chest pressures, often unhappy or anxious.
Mental stimulation is as important as physical activity. The human mind seeks constant stimuli, diversity, challenges. Creative people get older more slowly because their activity is a new story. The Internet provides unprecedented brain training opportunities: searching and reading web portals, navigating web pages, moderately playing online games. In practice, this can be solving puzzles, Sudoku, reading more complex literature, solving puzzles.
The good news for anyone with memory, flexibility, and work capacity is a bit behind is that it’s never too late for brain training.
Food for emotional stability
Proper nutrition and choice of foods can affect emotions (affecting brain health). This idea has become widely accepted.
Anger – we can alleviate it with milk, yogurt, cheese and kefir (ayran). This is a GABA food group. They are considered an elixir against anger.
Happiness is felt when we eat larger quantities of fruit, especially bananas, grapes and apples. This fruit leads to faster synthesis of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is an adrenaline-like neurotransmitter.
We will overcome it by eating protein-rich foods (chicken, turkey, prosciutto, red and white meat, fish). These foods promote the synthesis of noradrenaline. They help us feel summery.
The sadness / anxiety-cure is carbohydrates, fats and desserts, and whole grains and olive oil. This is a serotonin group of foods. The so-called “comforters.” These foods are of high energy value. Attention should be paid to quantities.