Some degree of cognitive decline is inevitable. This may include forgetfulness, trouble remaining focused, and decreased problem solving skills.
Cognitive decline can turn into more serious conditions such as dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
Luckily, there are dietary and lifestyle changes you can make that can reduce age related cognitive decline.
Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
- Eat more fruits and vegetables instead of Switch from a western diet high in simple sugars and saturated fats to a Mediterranean diet with more fruits and vegetables.
- Restricting calories could improve memory and learning.
- Exercise stimulates your mind and can lead to enhanced cognitive function
Balance Your Hormones
Throughout your brain there are hormone receptors that transcript all of your genetics, including cognition and behavior. Keeping your hormones balances can prevent cognitive decline and emotional turmoil.
Some of the hormones you should keep in check:
Studies show that postmenopausal women with higher levels of endogenous estradiol display better semantic memory than those who are deficient
Higher testosterone levels were linked with better performance on the Mini-Mental State Examination at baseline. Aging men given testosterone replacement showed improved cognition function in a recent study.
Anxiety and Stress
Research shows that those with higher anxiety levels have to exert more energy to function compared to those with little to no level of anxiety. This means that in those with higher stress levels and anxiety that an environment for deterioration of the brain is created.
Meditation is an amazing way to combat stress and anxiety. Studies have revealed that meditation significantly increased cerebral blood flow in several major brain regions.
Sources: Life Extension