Prevention of Dementia and Improving Brain Power :
It is believed that as the age progresses the cells in the brain degenerate, gradually resulting in loss of memory as well as mind power. But this is not completely true. Recent research has shown that if the right kind of environment is provided there can be development of the new nerve fibres in the brain of older or aging people. Memory can be kept relatively intact till the end.
Proper blood circulation is necessary for the proper functioning of the brain. The day should start with some jogging, which speeds up the circulation of the blood in the body. This will result in more supply of blood and oxygen to the brain, which will keep the nervous system alert. One must also be particular about the kind of breakfastto be taken after exercise. One should develop a taste for food rich in carbohydrates (glucose based) rather than fatty foods. After every one to one and half-hours of work, it is advisable to take a break for some minutes and move around for some time. Diverting the mind to a different subject after continuous working on a particular subject can make the brain more alert.
Lunch should also contain a lot of carbohydrates. Fatty foods should be restricted and protein content in the food should be in moderation. After meals one feels drowsy because the blood supply to the brain decreases, so only limited food should be eaten in the afternoon. Some kind of exercise should be done from time to time. If the body remains sedentary it becomes heavy. The same is the case with the brain. In this age of calculator and computer, the brain is not put to much work. Therefore, one must make a habit of playing games like memory games, or crosswords (neurobicsetc). Try to use memory as far as possible, for example, avoid making a list while going for shopping. Try remembering telephone numbers or birthdays of friends and relatives or at least try to remember the birthdays of close relatives and family members. The fact is, that there is no magical solution to improve memory. Exercise makes our mind and body stronger.
Fatty foods should be avoided during dinner too. Provide more calcium to the body. Milk, bananas and dry fruits should be given preference. The body also needs enough rest along with exercise. It is important to get sufficient sleep. The mind remains active even during sleep. One should end the day with positive thoughts without any worries, which is not a very difficult task.
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