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Staying Sharp for Life by Karmen Cohen, D.O.

Most of us experience “senior” moments by age 24 when our reaction time and cognitive ability starts to slow down.  Our cognitive abilities decrease 15 percent every 15 years after that.

Trying to stay sharp for life using Mind, Body, Spirit, and Diet is the recommended way.

To stimulate the Mind, try talking therapy because interacting with others activates the neuronal wiring system which promotes the production of more gray matter cells in the brain. Aim to connect with someone everyday whether it’s a close friend or someone at your favorite coffee shop.

To energize the Body, refresh your fitness routine.  Any physical activity will benefit you mentally, but to maximize the rewards change your routine every few months and learn a new skill.  This will support the creation of new neurotransmitters in the brain.

Refresh your Spirit by meditating, visiting a place of worship, practicing yogic deep breathing and other spiritual contemplation.  These are ways to energize and stimulate your frontal and temporal lobes which control memory formation and executive function. These practices improve your resilience to brain-damaging stress.

For Diet, eat healthy recommended fats to combat the chronic inflammation that causes cellular death. Loading up on anti-inflammatory omega- 3s like chia seeds, walnuts or enriched eggs are good options plus two weekly servings of oily fish like sardines or salmon.

After all, we need to remember that how we eat and think directly impacts our health; be mindful of your oral intake and keep negative thinking away.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.