The brain is responsible for cognitive processes, for keeping our emotions and regulating our bodily functions.

Mental function changes with age, and mental decline is common. However, cognitive decline is avoidable.

Here are 8 tips to help you maintain proper brain function:

  • Participate in social activities – Social ties reduce cognitive decline and the risk of dementia. In addition, they increase life expectancy.
  • Exercise – Physical activity improves cognitive function at any age, but it’s especially important in older adults. Furthermore, physical activity reduces the risk of depression, improves cardiovascular health, memory and coordination. 
  • Maintain a spiritual practice – Reduces the risk of cognitive decline. A spiritual practice doesn’t mean belonging to a religion. It can be meditating every day, connecting with nature, connecting with other people, among others. 
  • Stimulate your mind – Brain activities stimulate new connections between nerve cells, create new cells, develop neurological flexibility, and build a functional reserve to prevent future cellular loss. 
  • Avoid tobacco and limit alcohol — They increase the risk of dementia.
  • Protect your head from bumps – Heavy bumps increase the risk of cognitive decline.
  • Work on your emotions – People who are sleep deprived, suffer from anxiety and/or depression, tend to have less cognitive function. 
  • Maintain a healthy diet – A balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats, and low in sugar and processed foods, reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.