The Effects of Healthy Eating and Exercise on Brain Function

Most people know that healthy eating and exercise are the keys to physical well-being. Poor nutrition and inactivity are linked to serious medical problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. But researchers are finding that improper diet also influences the brain; increasing susceptibility to mental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Eat your way to healthy brain function

The good news is great-tasting, brain-healthy foods are plentiful. For example, blueberries have been found to help shield the brain from oxidative stress, (the result of the body’s inability to detoxify the harmful effects of free radicals) and may also reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Other brain-friendly foods include:

  • Wild salmon, herring and sardines – Rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids (necessary for healthy brain function)
  • Nuts and seeds – Good sources of vitamin E, which in higher levels has been shown to lessen age-related cognitive decline
  • Avocados – Aid blood flow and help lower blood pressure, both of which are vital to brain health

Of course, making extensive dietary and exercise changes don’t happen overnight, but the process doesn’t have to be complicated either. Through a medically supervised diet and behavioral health education classes, you can adopt lasting habits to eat well, exercise and maintain a healthy weight for life.

Exercise your right to a healthy body and mind

Working out can help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, prevent depression and look better. But the benefits of regular exercise don’t stop there. In a recent study, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus — the area of the brain associated with verbal memory and learning.

Exercise also reduces insulin resistance, decreases inflammation and stimulates the release of growth factors — brain chemicals that affect brain cell health, the growth of new blood vessels and the abundance and survival of new brain cells.

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