|5 ways to sharpen your memory|
Can’t find your keys again? While it’s natural to lose brain cells as you age, take these steps to boost your memory’s muscle:
- Go for a run. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, possibly encouraging new cell growth. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
- Learn another language. You need to exercise your brain as well as your body. Experts say your brain will continue to grow if you challenge it. Take up a new hobby, read an interesting book, learn a new skill. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
- Eat blueberries. A diet rich in antioxidants—substances found in vividly colored fruits and vegetables like blueberries, oranges and tomatoes—may help protect and strengthen brain cells.
- Give up unhealthy vices. Don’t drink in excess. Alcohol impairs thinking and can permanently damage brain cells. Quit smoking—the habit increases your risk for Alzheimer’s.
- Listen to music. Taking the time to relax helps to decompress. Chronic stress causes the brain to release cell-damaging hormones.
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