How to maintain a healthy brain

Eat less and smart

Eat more than we need increases the oxidative stress of the organism, attacking the proteins, lipids, DNA and finally the brain.

Eat smartly increases the production of nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain part in charge of the memory and learning processes.

A good diet increases the synapsis and stimulates neuronal repair mechanisms.

Practice sports on a regular basis

The practice of aerobic sports regularly helps the brain to segregate substances that help it to improve resiliency.

Sports maximize synapsis among brain cells, the key to learning and memory enhancement.

Daily mental exercise

We need to entertain our brain every day with mind games and challenges, for example; learn a new language.

This fascinating task demands a lot of effort but also brings a lot of pleasure.

Get around, travel often

Travel requires, in essence, a lot of learning and memorizing. Acquire perceptions and learn addresses you didn´t know, new memories. Travel brings a good few emotions, that in the end is what prompt our neurons.

Live accompanied or in couples

A good mental health is about keeping good and constant relationships with others. Emotional transference has many social advantages.

Married people or living in couples adapt best to sudden changes.

Avoid chronical stress

Chronical stress has many harmful consequences to the brain. Every time we are under stress, the brain releases glucocorticoid hormones.

In corticosteroid hypersecretion (Cushing’s syndrome), a certain state of euphoria occurs, and a psychotic disorder may occur.

The best way to avoid this state and eventually counteract its effects is the practice of sports.

Do not smoke

This lousy habit can trigger small brain infarcts and diminish mental function.

Nicotine reduces the memory and causes atrophy and death of brain cells. Also increases the oxidative stress of the brain.

Sleep well

We need between seven and eight hours of restful sleep, every night to allow our brain to erase unnecessary information and strengthen recently learned knowledge.

In addition, during a good restful sleep, our brain repairs damaged tissue.

Avoid emotional shutdown

Motivation, emotions, and illusions give people will to live. It is the engine inside every one of us moving us and making us want to be alive. The endorphins released by the brain during welfare states increases synapsis of brain cells.