Keeping our brains sharp is a keystone of a long and fulfilling life. While decline in our cognitive abilities is a threat as we age, it occurs in younger people as well. Mastering brain health fosters healthy life choices as well as gives us more thorough enjoyment of life in each of its many phases.
The strategy to keep a healthy brain does not have to be burdensome. It may require a reconstruction of one’s lifestyle choices, but many facets of this change produce a much more satisfying life in the process.
Here are seven key tips to protecting and enhancing your brain health:
- Enjoy a healthy sweat: Toxins that deposit in the brain have been linked to a decline in brain health. The liver and kidneys are the primary organs used by the body for detoxification, but when the amount is too much, sweating through the skin becomes vital. Multiple studies identify heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury in sweat after sauna treatments like the ones available at Sculpt Spa Las Vegas. From a detoxification perspective, it is important to wash the sweat off right after your sauna so that the toxins do not get re-absorbed.A Finnish study of 2500 men also suggests that infrared saunas may help prevent Alzheimer’s. The subjects who engaged in sauna sessions two to seven times a week seemed to have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
Your infrared sauna sessions may also help your brain to speed up. Your nerve cells are protected by, and their receptor speed enhanced by, a white fatty coating called Myelin. Your sauna treatment encourages the increase of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates the growth of Myelin. The warm sauna heat fortifies your nerve protection and increases the nervous system’s internal communication.
- Vitamin B12-based injections: Sculpt Spa Las Vegas offers two B12-infused vitamin injection treatments, the Booster and Lean. Vitamin B12 has been shown to prevent the loss of neurons in the brain. Deficiency of Vitamin B12 has been associated with memory loss in older adults leading to memory loss and dementia. While more research is needed, several studies have shown that lower than normal B12 levels contribute to poor mental performance and that B12 injections slowed mental decline.
- Physical exercise and lowering your blood pressure: Using your muscles benefits the brain. Multiple research studies that subject who are physically active have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Lowering blood pressure and an increased flow of blood to the brain during exercise are two major potential factors. By exercising regularly, you increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to the region of the brain that is responsible for thought. Exercise develops new nerve cells and increases the synapses. Your brain will be more efficient and adaptive as a result.
- Eat to please your brain: The old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” What you eat can determine if you are brain healthy. An anti-inflammatory diet has proven to improve brain performance since inflammation compromises proper blood flow and undermines brain function. Many sources recommend the “Mediterranean diet” as a strong framework for a brain-health rich plan. That diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils (olive oil) and plant sources of proteins. The eating of healthy fats daily, including omega-3 fatty acids, as that diet plan suggests, has positively shown improvement in cognitive function, as well as the health of brain cell membranes. Avoiding artificial sweeteners, gluten, refined and processed foods has proven to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s development. Diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia. Eating right helps prevent diabetes along with exercising regularly and staying lean. If your blood sugar is high regardless of diet factors, you may require medical intervention.
- Get good sleep: Getting quality sleep is vital for your brain health. Potentially, sleep has been observed to clear abnormal proteins. Seven to eight consecutive hours of sleep per night gives your brain the time process your memories effectively.
- Exercise your mind as well as your body: Scientists have found that brainy activities literally help the brain create more new cells and stimulate new connections between nerve cells. These new cells store up and replace others that are lost. Treat your brain like a muscle. From jigsaw, crosswords, and Sudoku puzzles to playing cards, use these as your mental weight trainings. Watching television is not recommended as it is more passive and does not provide the desired stimulation.
- Stay social: Granted, this has been tough during these Covid-stressed times. Staying strong with social ties have been associated with a lower risk of dementia. It is also has been observed to lower blood pressure, which also affects brain health. Sociability reduces depression and stress which contributes to memory loss and brain deficiency. Connect with your loved ones.
As we age, forgetting peoples’ names, confusion, and losing track of time are generally expected. There are severe life altering ailments that can be tragic and painful such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia. A regimen of brain health can put off, prevent, or slow the onset of these disorders.
Many of the tips above will make your physical being more comfortable and feeling better now as well, while improving your brain health in the long run. A fun card game, loving friends, and wonderfully functioning and exercised body: these are the earmarks of a well lived life.
Sculpt Spa in Las Vegas should be part of this roadmap. By taking care of your brain health specifically with infrared spa outings with friends, or appointments to have B12-based injections, you can come have fun while producing dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine — which in turn, can lead to a longer, healthier life.
Remember, there’s nothing like the infrared sauna experience at SCULPT SPA, Las Vegas’ premier destination for aesthetic treatments. At our Las Vegas infrared spa, you’ll enjoy your private spa suite, check out the latest must-watch streams via Netflix and Hulu, and get a refreshing eucalyptus towel at the end. Book an infrared spa session with Sculpt Spa today.