May 25, 2017

Daily habits to keep your brain active

Daily habits to keep your brain active

As we get older, it’s easy for our brains to get rusty. That’s why we want to know how to keep them healthy and functioning at their best capacity. So, in honour of World Thinking Day, we asked SharpBrains – an independent market research firm tracking applied brain science – to share some top tips for keeping our minds sharp and active.

1. Get clued up

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Learn about your brain and how it functions. Just having a basic understanding will enable you to fully appreciate the ever-developing nature of the brain and its billions of neurons and synapses.

Some interesting facts include, the human brain is the largest brain of all vertebrates, relative to body size, Live Science states, and makes up about 2% of body weight. “The cerebrum makes up 85% of the brain’s weight. It contains about 86 billion nerve cells (neurons) — the ‘grey matter’. It contains billions of nerve fibers (axons and dendrites) — the ‘white matter’. These neurons are connected by trillions of connections, or synapses.”

2. Eat healthily

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Make sure you are taking in all the right nutrients. Although the brain only weighs 2% of our body mass, it consumes 20% of the oxygen and nutrients we absorb. For the brain to be sharp and active, it needs a good supply of energy from healthy food.

3. Be active

The brain is part of the body so, as such, will benefit greatly from physical activity. Exercise enhances neurogenesis and therefore sharpens your brain. Read more 

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