Stay Sharp Mentally

Stay Sharp Mentally

A recent article in USA Weekend (September 17-19, 2010) outlines ten simple strategies for remaining mentally alert, even though 25% of us have the Alzheimer’s gene. The entire article is worth reading, but here are the highlights:

  1. Drink coffee. Three cups a day reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s 65%, according to a recent study.

  2. Floss your teeth, to reduce gum disease, which greatly increases your risks of dementia.

  3. Search the Web. “Doing an online search can stimulate your aging brain even more than reading a book.”

  4. Develop new brain cells by doing aerobic exercise, engaging in challenging mental activity, eating salmon, and “avoiding obesity, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, having drinking, and vitamin B deficiency.”

  5. Drink apple juice.

  6. Avoid head injuries.

  7. Meditate.

  8. Take enough vitamin D.

  9. Fill your brain with “education, . . . socializing,  language skills, . . . having a purposeful life, physical activity and mentally demanding leisure activities.”

  10. Avoid infection.

Comment: A number of these strategies involve good mental health, which easier to talk about than to acquire.

In The Lord’s Healing Words, you will read what the Bible says about getting enough sleep; coping with or avoiding chronic stress; and having purpose in life. The entire book gives you ample opportunity to meditate on the Bible, since it consists of brief explanations of 180 passages from the Scripture that deal with physical, mental, and spiritual health.

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