Healthy life healthy mind


by Susana Díez

Posted on September 12, 2019

Healthy life healthy mind

New research shows that a healthy lifestyle has an important impact on our cognitive health. Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles say how five specific lifestyle choices were linked to a 60% reduction in the risk of developing the disease. Even for most people with a genetic predisposition to dementia, choose healthy life help them to avoid it.


The action included in the research were:

  • getting 50 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week.
  • no smoking.
  • limiting alcohol to one drink per day.
  • participating in cognitive stimulation.
  • a diet with vegetables and avoiding red meat or saturated fats.


Most researchers are impressed by the magnitude of the results. Not all of the study's participant was strung in adopting all five of the listed habits over the course of the 6 to 9 year of research. For those who added just one of the healthier lifestyle, the risk of dementia decreased by an additional 22%.


In addition to the factors already mentioned, the followings tips are also important:

  • don't forget to eat blueberries and mushrooms. The components of this food fend off Alzheimer's thanks to anthocyanins. The blueberries can improve memory and create links between words and concepts. These increases are brain functions. If we make a blend of grapes and blueberries, help us to spatial recognition and learning new capacities. The mushrooms have a component called ergothioneine that is a protector of cognitive function.


  • flossing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper dental hygiene. There are studies that show a relationship between the gingivitis bacteria and problems with the brain. The bacteria can excrete toxins that kill cerebral nerve cells. This situation favours the risk of diseases in the brain.


  • “use it, or lose it” The crossword puzzle or word search quiz are very useful elements to fight against dementia. For cases when the Alzehimer has already appeared, adapted materials have been created. An example is John Frates, he wrote a book of large print puzzles to soften the effects of his mother dementia. Later, he presented a study where it showed that exercise with words improved even the most serious cases.


So, do you have habits that you've already applied to your life? If you have please share your routine with us!

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