Ever wished that your memory and thinking was a little clearer and stronger? Supporting your brain, one of the biggest and most important organs in your body, is the first step to achieving this.

Brain Health is a very key part of your overall health and I am sure you have heard the old saying “health is wealth”. Protecting your brain and memory is one of the most important favours you can do yourself, and teaching and educating your loved ones and family will also go a long way in helping them too to protect their memory over time.

Major diseases that could affect the brain include Alzheimers, Dementia and Parkinson’s.
Alzheimers is a type of dementia, a disease of which usually occurs when nerves in the brain start degenerating. Statistics show that there are about 35 million people with Alzheimers worldwide – a terrifying truth – and one that shows we need to be acting fast to ensure ourselves and our future generations are not affected.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure and here I have some really simple, workable steps you can take to greatly reduce your chances of ending up with a brain disease.

1. Reduce bad fats from your diet – These are saturated fats and trans fats that you should replace with good fats instead. For example, replace cow’s milk with good fat milk such as almond milk. Hazelnuts and walnuts also contain good fats for the brain and consuming more of those will help your brain and memory.

2. Do physical exercise – Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain and gets your heart pumping faster which makes your thinking clearer and will contribute to a sharper memory. Just walking 20 to 30 minutes a day is a good start.

3. Do mental exercises – Things that work your brain, like games that involve thinking, can really help in making it stronger. Try sudoku, maths games, chess games, helping the kids with their maths homework for example.

4. Resting – It’s vital that you get enough sleep and rest so that your brain muscles can recharge and work better when next required to.

5. Cut down on alcohol consumption – It has been proven that there is a link between excessive alcohol consumption and brain disorders, so cutting down on the bubbles is a pretty crucial action to take.

Having a great memory is something everyone deserves to have, and to keep. You don’t have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle either, as gradual changes help you to turn important alterations into habits and change your lifestyle in a practical manner that’s sustainable.