Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle is important for the body, but it turns out it’s also important for the mind. Diet, exercise, sleep, reducing stress and cognitive training all have a role to play in cognitive health. Research shows that lifestyle can have a huge impact on your memory and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Participants in the FINGER study conducted in Finland, which involved a range of lifestyle changes saw a 150% improvement in brain processing speed and an 83% improvement in executive functioning. Participants in the MIND diet study, which tested the impact of diet on memory health, saw a 53% reduction in their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease for those who strictly followed the diet, and a 35% reduction for those who moderately followed the diet.
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