We all want to remain sharp as we age, but is there anything we can do about it? One neuroscientist thinks so, and has opened the public’s eyes to the possibilities of brain sustenance.
Until the 1990s, scientists didn’t even know that adults could perform neurogenesis – the process of creating new nerve cells. But Sandrine Thuret’s lab at King’s College has shed light on this vital brain process, responsible for improving mood, increasing memory formation, and preventing cognitive decline. In doing so, she has provided us with invaluable information we can implement in our lifestyles today.
And after years of study, Sandrine has accumulated the following list of do’s and don’t’s for anyone looking to improve their brain’s ability to function throughout the aging process:
Things That Promote Neurogenesis:
- Learning New Things
- Sexual Intercourse
- Cardio Exercise
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Calorie Restriction
- Vitamins A, B and E
- Folic Acid
- Caffeine (limited)
- Intermittent Fasting
Things That Obstruct Neurogenesis:
- Lack of Sleep
- Stress and Anxiety
- High Saturated Fat
- High Sugar
- Soft Diet
Through her team’s research, she has provided us with practical advice we can use to help our brains better perform this vital process of neurogenesis. So take a long look at this list, and make the changes you need for a better, smarter future.
What activities described will you implement into your daily routine? Are there any things noted above that you already practice? Share any thoughts or ideas with the community!