The importance of exercising your brain

There is lots of information floating about on neural health and the importance of exercising your brain just like you would exercise and take care of other parts of your anatomy. The size of our brain decreases with age.

This is at least partially due to dehydration occurring in parts of the brain that are not being used. An area of the brain that is not being stimulated and utilised will progressively lose its blood supply. As this occurs the brain tissue dehydrates and shrinks. Other major factors associated with faster decline in brain volume include:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • cigarette smoking
  • being overweight

There are many simple things you can do to promote a healthy brain. From a nutritional point of view, three B vitamins (folic acid, B6 and B12), antioxidants (such as Vitamin C, E and coenzyme Q10) and fish oils are commonly recommended. A recent Harvard Medical School article has noted that there is a lack of solid evidence for these products and instead recommends a Mediterranean-style diet and regular physical exercise.

Using our brains in different ways will also stimulate areas that we may not be regularly using. Even simple things like taking a different route to work, tying your shoelaces in a different fashion, doing a jigsaw puzzle or a crossword will fire up different parts of your cortex and encourage improved blood supply to that part of the brain.

Likewise, a chiropractic adjustment of the spine and peripheral joint manipulation will fire-up the cortex via stimulation of mechano-receptors within our joints. Why not make an appointment to see a chiropractor today?

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