Wellness For The Family: Increasing Brain Health

Your brain is an important part of your physical well-being—and it should be guarded jealously.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, providing the perfect opportunity to explore brain health.

Registered Dietician Grace Derocha, with Blue Cross Blue Shield, has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to teach healthy brain habits.

Feed the brain

If we want to encourage healthiness in our bodies, it stands to reason that what we put in them has an effect.

Derocha says eating well can help encourage brain health in the long run.

“Obviously as the dietician, I love talking about healthy food, lots of colors, fruits and vegetables because the antioxidants in these help fight free radicals, which help keep our brain healthier,” she says. “And then we also have heart healthy fats, which are always good because our brain is our most important organ and we definitely need to nourish it properly.”

Exercise the brain

Feeding the brain means exercising the brain, and there are a lot of different ways to do that, coloring and puzzles among them.

Work to relieve stress

From tai chi to yoga and stress balls, freeing the mind and body is another way to keep it healthy.

Other best practices

Other things you can do include staying hydrated, enjoying music, getting enough sleep and exercise.

“It can be something as simple as taking a walk,” Derocha says.

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.

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