With the rapid increase in production of processed foods, we have become accustomed to consuming these nutrient-deprived, toxin-rich foods on a daily basis. The result—blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, cancer, and mental illnesses. Alzheimer's and personality syndromes have affected a huge number of people in the last few decades.
This increase in health-related issues, coupled with technological advancement, has created awareness among lay people, about different aspects of health. Healthcare information is available round the clock across the globe, and is easy to access. Books, magazines, media and television, newspapers and internet, all of them scream about diet plans, heart-healthy foods and skincare treatments. The good news is that accessing this information has actually saved many lives by early detection of symptoms and basic knowledge of health issues.
AdvertisementAmong different mental illnesses that have affected people across countries, Alzheimer's lies consistently on the topmost position-maybe due to lack of proper knowledge of its cause, or due to no proper treatment option available. However, researchers suggest that doing mental work can actually reduce your chances of being affected by Alzheimer's to a large extent. Read on to discover new ways to sharpen your brain, and keep away a majority of mental illnesses-
Boost spatial awareness: Put 12 objects in a tray and memorize; or walk around the house blindfolded and then sit down on a chair, mentally memorizing your path.
Crunch on numbers: Working with numbers enhances your brain power and increases concentration. Do these exercises whenever possible-they increase your mathematical acuity.
• Estimate the number of people or trees you pass by.
• Add up your shopping bill while in the queue.
• Divide the bills when they come in-sort and pay.
• Play Sudoku puzzles.
Improve your memory: Create a to-do list of the day as you get up in the morning, and try recalling it in your mind as you go through the day-mentally ticking off one box as you are done. First, limit the list to 10 chores, then 20 and so on.
Widen your word power: Play word games with your family and friends on your next get-together. Instead of watching the TV, spend half an hour playing scrabble, or think up an alternate adjective or word from every sentence you speak. Do these exercises whenever you can; they not only improve your vocabulary, but also keep away major mental ailments.