Smart Woman: Stop Your Brain from Aging

Published 07/11 2013 12:17AM

Updated 07/11 2013 08:48AM

(Ivanhoe Newswire) - Every 68 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer's, but switching up your routine may help avoid this debilitating disease. Doing activities that are out of the norm, like brushing your hair with the opposite hand, activates regions of the brain that are not usually stimulated, lowering the risk of memory impairment and Alzheimer's.

Also, start doing push-ups daily. Seven push-ups or more a day can stimulate blood flow to the brain and help generate new brain cells.

Finally, take a break and relax. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can damage the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing can increase the size of the hippocampus in as little as eight weeks.

Diet can play a big role in a person's Alzheimer's risk. Apples stimulate acetylcholine production, a neurotransmitter that does the same thing as a common Alzheimer's drug. Coffee also protects the brain by blocking the build-up of Alzheimer's brain toxins. In fact, drinking three to five cups of coffee a day is may cut the risk of developing the disease by 65%.


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