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What happens to your brain as you get older?

Brain ageing is inevitable, but the way it affects the functioning of the brain differs per person.
While we get older, lots of changes occur in our brains.
According to studies, your brain will reach its peak performance between the age of 16 to 25.
After the age of 25, the functioning of your working memory will start to reduce.
Although this might sound alarming, your mental fitness doesn’t necessarily experience a sharp decline after you surpass the age of 25.
According to research, testing and stimulating your brain will keep your mental fitness strong, including your memory.
Want to know more about how ageing affects the brain? Read all about it in our blog the aging brain.

Can you really improve your memory?

How strong your memory is, depends on the health and vitality of your brain.
Fortunately, the health and vitality of your brain can be improved.
This is because the human brain has the ability to adapt to changes, even at old age.
Stimulating your brain in the right way forces your brain to make new connections between both new and existing brain cells.
The adaption of your brain by creating new connections between brain cells is what we call neuroplasticity.
Memory loss and other mental problems aren’t caused by a loss of brain cells, but by the lack of communication between these brain cells.
Neuroplasticity is what makes the improvement of your memory possible.

How to improve your memory?
As already mentioned, does the ability of your brain to create new connections between brain cells.
This is also known as Neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity makes it possible to adapt to changes.
So, Neuroplasticity causes your brain to improve itself already, you probably wonder if you can’t do anything to improve your memory yourself.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to stimulate your brain to become and stay healthy and fit. Here are our 4 tips:

Tip 1: Eat the right nutrients

According to lots of researches, what you eat can affect the health and vitality of your brain. Consuming fish, whole grains, green vegetables, nuts and even chocolate can have a positive effect on the health of your brain. Want to know what food you can’t miss when you want a healthy brain? Read all about it in our blog Healthy brain food.

Tip 2: Exercise, exercise and… exercise

Physical exercising improves the blood circulation within your brain. The brain contains out of many brain cells and orbits, connecting the brain cells and other areas of the brain with each other. All those connections are sensitive to the quality of the blood circulation.
This is just one of the many positive effects exercising has on the health and vitality of the brain.

Tip 3: Try to avoid stress

People aren’t aware of this yet, but stress is one of the brain’s worst enemies. Long-lasting stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the region of the brain that is involved with the formation of new memories and retrieving old ones.

Tip 4: A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away

Although it sounds like a joke, this saying is partly true. One glass of wine daily can lower your blood pressure, which is linked with decreasing the stress level. But don’t forget, it is all about moderation. While a whine a day can have positive effects on the health and vitality of your brain, excessive use of alcohol can have a big negative impact on your brain

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