SAFAKNA TURKEY – While the source and treatments for diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are still being explored, renowned neuroscientist Richard Restak has shared important information about brain health.
Restak, 81, says the brain, like the human body, needs daily exercise. While stating that the neglect of brain health leads to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, the doctor points out that he also applies the recommendations he recommends:
“As a neuroscientist, I have spent decades helping patients with memory problems through brain-enhancing habits and exercises. I am also implementing many of my proposals.”
The six rules that the 81-year-old doctor strictly adheres to in order to preserve his memory are as follows:
1. CHOOSE THESE BOOKS
Like many doctors, Restak focuses on reading for brain health. However, the famous doctor pays special attention to works of fiction:
“You can learn a lot from non-fiction, but it often appeals to your personal interests and previous exposure to the subject. On the other hand, while fiction develops from beginning to end; It requires training your memory while keeping in mind the various details, characters and plot.”
Restak cites the effect of reading on brain health: “In my years as a neuropsychiatrist, I have noticed that people with dementia praecox often stop reading novels as one of the first signs that the disease is starting to spread.”
2. TEST YOUR MEMORY
To test memory, Restak offers a method that he uses to work with works of art:
“My favorite painting for visualization exercises is Edward Hopper’s Western Style Motel, which shows a woman sitting in a sun-drenched motel bedroom. Study carefully until you see the details in your mind. Then look the other way and describe the picture.
Have you added a tiny clock to your nightstand? A piece of clothing on a chair in the lower right corner of the picture? Do you remember the colors and composition of the room?
You can do this with any piece of art to strengthen your memory.”
Several studies have also shown that daytime naps can compensate for poor nighttime sleep. Those struggling with insomnia can also improve their memory by taking an afternoon nap.
Restaq also says that for many years he slept for half an hour every day.
4. DON’T FORGET ABOUT INTELLIGENT GAMES
The famous doctor says that his favorite pastime is playing in crowded gatherings with friends, which are good for memory and intelligence, and also recommends bridge and chess:
“In order to be successful, you must evaluate previous games as well as consider the future implications of your past and current decisions.”
5. Consume These Nutrients
Harvard Medical School dietitian psychiatrist Dr. D. Uma Naidu lists foods that will be beneficial for brain health as follows:
Fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, nuts, fiber-rich and fermented foods, oils, omega-rich foods, milk, spices.
6. DON’T SIT ON THE SOFA ALL DAY
A recent study of 82,872 volunteers found that participants aged 80 years and older who engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity were at a lower risk of developing dementia compared to inactive adults aged 50 to 69. Homework has also been associated with increased attention and better sensory and motor function in older people.
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