Brain Health in Your 40's
Nutrition & Aging
If you're in your 40's, the chances are that your life is busy. You're likely juggling career demands. You may have school-age kids at home. Maybe you're even caring for your own aging parents.
The fourth decade of life is a test of physical stamina and cognitive endurance for most of us-but it can also be a time of great joy and accomplishment.
How Your Brain Changes as You Age
The good news: Your ability to regulate emotions and read social situations tends to improve during this decade of life, and research demonstrates that people tend to remember positive images more than negative ones from age 40 onward.
The bad news: Your reasoning skills (which help us solve problems and puzzles) along with your memory and verbal fluency can begin to decline as early as our 40's.
Ultimately, you brain will continue to serve you well in your 40's and beyond—while we may blank on names or forget where we put our keys every so often, most of us will move forward this important decade of life being cognitively strong.
What can we do to maintain the mental acuity and clarity that we enjoy in our 40's? It turns out, the actions you embrace today can help to promote optimal cognitive health for decades to come.
Eat a nutritious diet: Choosing a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats is one of the best things you can do for your body and brain.
Move your body: The benefits of exercise on brain health are clear: Aerobic exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain that can help improve mood and reduce your tendency towards depression and anxiety, and exercise has even been shown to increase brain volume in the hippocampus—the area of the brain involved in learning and verbal memory.1
Nourish your brain: A daily supplement specially-formulated to support brain health—like CogGevity® Advanced Brain Nutrition—is an excellent complement to a healthy lifestyle. CogGevity contains 6 key ingredients clinically shown to support brain health, including a patented, highly-bioavailable form of curcumin, a natural antioxidant found in the root of the turmeric plant. To learn more about the scientifically-backed ingredients in CogGevity, click here
Keep stress under control: Low levels of chronic stress can cause lasting damage to your body and brain. When we are chronically stressed our body releases cortisol, which studies have shown can permanently damage and alter connectivity between brain structures.2,3 Managing stress with techniques including mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, and yoga is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.
Challenge your mind: Engage your mind with puzzles and games. Start a game night. Socialize often. Change things up frequently. Diversity and complexity appear to be key factors for brain stimulation. Keeping your mind challenged can help keep you sharp and mentally fit.
Sleep well: Getting enough quality sleep is essential for mental, emotional, and physical health, and it may even help clear neurotoxic waste products from the brain.4 Chronic sleep deprivation is linked with impaired cognition, memory problems, and a range of physical health problems. Make quality sleep a priority as part of your healthy lifestyle.
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Our brain changes over time, but cognitive decline is not a normal or inevitable part of aging. Healthy lifestyle choices, including supplementation with CogGevity Advanced Brain Nutrition, can help you maintain your brain health and thrive as you age.
- 1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110
- 2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201402/chronic-stress-can-damage-brain-structure-and-connectivity