When it comes to our health, we tend to focus on the physical body. We want to know what foods are good for us, how much exercise we should get and what supplements can help balance our diet.
But there’s another kind of health that’s just as important: mental health.
Mental clarity is an essential part of good physical health, because it helps us make better decisions about everything from food choices to exercise habits. And when we’re feeling mentally clear, we’re better able to make the most of our time and energy — whether at work or play.
Your brain is your most important organ. It’s the control center for your entire body and is responsible for all of your actions, thoughts, and decisions.
But as you get older, it’s normal for your brain to slow down a bit — especially if you don’t take care of it.
Here are some simple ways that you can improve your brain health and mental clarity:
- Exercise. Studies show that exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your neurons, making them more efficient at processing information. Exercise also releases endorphins (natural painkillers) that make you feel better emotionally and mentally as well as physically.
- Diet. A high-fat diet has been linked to depression, anxiety disorders and even dementia later in life. But eating healthy fats (like olive oil) has been shown to help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. A Mediterranean-style diet — rich in fruits and vegetables — has also been shown to protect against cognitive decline later in life.
- Improve your sleep. Sleep is the time when your brain gets to rest, repair itself, and store memories. But you can lose out on this important process if you’re having trouble sleeping.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking damages nearly every organ in your body, including your brain. It can cause a number of health problems, including premature aging and cognitive impairment.