Live healthy for a healthy brain: How to delay dementia

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Researchers say there is an association between healthy living and higher brain function along with delay of dementia.

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Old age can be an enjoyable time in your life if you keep your mind sharp. The key to maintaining good brain health in old age is to live a healthy life.

There is a link between healthy living and higher brain function

York University reports there is a link between healthy living and higher brain function along with a delay of dementia. Both younger and older adults benefit greatly in health of their brains if they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and get regular exercise. Along with better cognitive functioning these people overall experience a delay in the development of dementia.

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Eating more than 10 servings of fruit and vegetable a day was associated with better cognitive functioning

Researchers say eating more than 10 servings of fruit and vegetable a day was associated with better cognitive functioning in normal weight or overweight people, but not in obese people. There was also better cognitive functioning with moderate exercise for those eating less than five servings daily. There was poorer cognitive functioning in those with a higher mass index and low levels of fruit and vegetable consumption.

Healthy lifestyle considerations for a non-pregnant woman include a diet which is loaded with essential nutrients, regular exercise, and having a good cardiovascular profile. This all helps to preserve cognitive function while delaying cognitive decline. So remember to lead a healthy lifestyle to nurture good health in body and mind.

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