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
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.
Among 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-
12 objects in a tray and memorize; or walk around the house blindfolded and
then sit down on a chair, mentally memorizing your path.
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.
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.
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.