The other day I watched a really interesting BBC document about how to stay young and more specifically how to prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease. As you get older your brains begin to shrink. As a result of this your cognitive skills diminish. How to prevent this? The key is to use your brains on a daily basis. More specifically scientists have discovered that learning a new language has the most efficient way to prevent dementia because learning will increase the size of your brain. According to these scientists other important ways to affect the size of your brain were
- exercising in general
- learning a new skill, such as playing guitar
In the document researches investigated whether regular walks or ping poll plays had an effect on the brain tissue. The test groups walked or played ping poll for 2 hours per week. The results revealed that both test groups gained positive effects on their brain tissue because of their increased exercise. Moreover, their cognitive skills imporoved and in general their mood was better. Some persons reported that they felt more alive and alert.
Also food played an important role in preventing diseases. The document investigated a Japanese village called Okinowa where the most healthiest people on earth happen to live. People in this village had 50% less dementia and 80% Alzheimer's disease than Western people. What did these people eat? They ate a lot of
- purple sweet potatoe
- red grapes
- red cabbage
These foods have in common that they include anthocyanins. Read more in here.
Other interesting study which I came across was a study which examined the most important factor how to age better. This factor is not a gym membership or relationships, rather according to this study living a purposeful life will give you more years to live. This sounds convincing, if you feel like you have a purpose in life, you will enjoy your life and live to the fullest.
Lastly one fact which is constantly linked to living healthy and long is to have an ideal weight. This means not too much or not too little fat tissue. If you want to find your ideal weight and want help with your diet, check my online programmes In these programmes you will learn how to eat right and find a balance in your eating habits.
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