HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAIN
Do you know that;
- Your brain is still developing even after society calls you an adult. But it doesn’t last long. Once you hit your late 20s, you start a very slow “cognitive decline.”
- After you turn 40, it gets 5% smaller with each passing decade. It shrinks even faster once you hit 70. Scientists aren’t sure why, but brain cells die off with age.
- In the memory battle of the sexes, women win. Men score lower on memory tests than women at every age, and especially after age 40.
- Studies show that people with healthier hearts score higher on mental tests. So habits that help your heart also help your brain. Good sleep, a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise are all brain boosters, even as your mind matures.
- The kind of memory that helps you remember facts, like knowing the capital of a country, is called semantic memory. Procedural memory is your muscle memory — the kind that’s responsible for the phrase “It’s like riding a bike.” Events that happen to you — episodic memories — are the ones that tend to go first.
- Just like good physical health is a boon for your brain, so is good mental and emotional health. Challenging your brain with new skills keeps it firing on all cylinders for longer. And a group of good friends is not only good company, it can help you live longer — and remember more, too.
- Blood flow to your brain naturally slows down as you age, and it affects your frontal cortex first. (That’s where you store words.) Regular exercise can get your heart pumping, and bonus blood can keep your mind humming.
- On the other hand, your language skills stay with you throughout your life. In fact, your vocabulary keeps getting bigger into middle age.
- When it comes to memory matters, B all you can B. Three B vitamins — folic acid, B6, and B12 — all help lower levels of certain proteins that bring on dementia. You can get all three naturally from bread, fortified cereal, and leafy greens.
- Sometimes a blow to your head causes memory loss right away. But even if you get through it with your memories intact, you may be more likely to get Alzheimer’s later on.
- A large study found that while your memory may slip as you get older, your overall mental health seems to improve.
SOURCE: webMD www.webmd.com/brain/rm-quiz-your-aging-brain