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Although it seems impossible, it has been proven that there are ways to make our brain rejuvenate. Here are some suggestions.
For centuries, human beings have searched for different ways to stop the advance of old age, to look younger, or to find what is known as "the fountain of youth." Although it is true that scientific and technological advances have made it possible for the average lifespan to extend to limits unthinkable 200 or 300 years ago, the aging of the body and its organs continues to be an object of study.
In this sense, the brain is one of our most important organs. For this reason, a large part of these studies is dedicated to finding a way to make it rejuvenate and, in this way, make neurological and cognitive functions last longer and develop a much healthier organ.
A new study in the journal Science suggests that young blood could be a clue to rejuvenating the brains of older people. In this study, the team of researchers was able to restore the cognitive and auditory plasticity of the brain of adult mice, which also experience a decline in their mental functions as they age.
They achieved this by connecting a young mouse and a much older one, through a network of vessels through which shared blood circulated. The result was surprising: the brain capacities of the old mouse had been reactivated thanks to the blood of the young mouse. The young blood had helped produce new neurons in the old mouse brain. These findings are believed to be the first steps in discovering drugs that help counteract the symptoms of Alzheimer's, as well as other dementia and pathologies.
Intellectual activities to rejuvenate the brain
Reading is the most complete exercise to rejuvenate the brain. The perception of words, images, and their compression, enhances the connections between neurons and prevents them from degenerating. For people over 50, it is recommended that they read at least one book a month.
2. Stimulate memory
Remembering everyday events, sounds, and names of family members or close friends help to exercise our memory. Visualize everything you want to remember, reason, and reflect on its content, thus exercising your cognitive functions.
3. Languages and studies
Acquiring a large amount of knowledge and experiences throughout our lives helps to delay brain degeneration. Through reading and studying, we increase our culture and our brain capacities. Also, learning a language is the best mental gymnastics.
4. Meditation and relaxation
Meditation is a mental activity that increases brain capacity, it can even change it. Stress is one of the main causes of dementia, therefore, meditation is key to relax our mental attitude.
5. Mind games
Memory games, speed, and mental dexterity are the best option to exercise our mental capacities. Sudoku puzzles and crosswords are the most recommended. Board games help exercise memory. They are games that require remembering all the details of the physical description of people, animals, places, etc.
6. Activities for motor skills
Certain daily activities such as handwriting or reading a poster can be lost as the years go by. Therefore, it is advisable to write a personal diary and draw what we see or imagine. In this way, we will enhance our manual skills for daily acts such as washing, eating, or dressing.
7. Tell stories from the past
When we tell stories and/or stories to other people we rearrange and order the ideas in our head. In addition, maintaining fluid social relationships helps our physical and mental well-being.