Sleep Hack: Get the ZZZZ’s to Remember

Not only, for example, do “you need sleep after learning to essentially hit the save button on those new memories so that you don’t forget,” you also “need sleep before learning to actually prepare your brain, almost like a dry sponge ready to initially soak up new information.”

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Longevity Tip: Rev Up Your Brain – Exercise

 Build a buff brain with exercise

You’re probably aware of the benefits of exercise on your body — it lowers your risk of heart attack, many types of cancer and age-related injuries. Did you know regular exercise strengthens your brain just as it does your body? Although brain size decreases with age, research has shown that exercise can actually help reverse that — you can start anytime. One study found that physical activity helped participants build measurable increases in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that lets you create and store memories. In another study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment who lifted weights two to three times a week improved muscle tone and cognitive function. It doesn’t take too much: Just walking briskly for 30 to 60 minutes, three to five times a week, contributed to measurable brain improvements.

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Longevity Tip ~ Eat Purple Foods

The nerves in your brain connect to one another to send messages and signals for your brain to function. As you age, your brain can lose some of these connections causing your brain to become slower in sending and receiving signals and causing you to age more rapidly. By eating purple foods such as grapes, blueberries, pomegranate, eggplant, beets and wine, you can help protect your nerves and even form new ones to reverse aging in the brain. Add one cup of purple foods to every meal to boost your brain power.

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