Benefits of having a healthy brain

There are a lot of benefits of having a healthy brain not just for old people but for any group age. A healthy and trained brain can prevent dementia and also help to absorb information faster and better.

Improve your brain capability

Our brain is a very powerful tool. It can perform complex tasks in a fraction of a second. With simple recommendations and exercises, you can increase the potentiality of your brain increasing your memory and brain capabilities.

Let’s exercise 

Check some of the exercises for your brain: memorization techniques (Memory Palace and Peg System), Speed Reading (read faster and increase the comprehension), logical thinking puzzles and many more.

A problem rising

Australia has one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world, at 82.8 years in 2015, just behind Japan, Switzerland and Singapore.

Medicine is helping us to live longer and with good quality of life. However, at the same it increases people longevity, it causes other problems especially related to Mental Health.

The costs of dementia are expected to be over $18 billion in 2025. Until effective treatments are found, the most promising way to reduce dementia risk is having a healthy lifestyle and exercise your body and your brain. There is no age or time to start. Why not start now?

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According to Australian Health Survey, overweight and obesity have increased from 56.3% in 1995 to 61.2% in 2007–2008 and 62.8% in 2011–2012. It has been attributed to poor eating habits closely related to the availability of fast food and takeaway, sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercises.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the total annual cost of obesity in 2008 including health system costs, loss of productivity and carers’ costs were estimated at around $58 billion.

We all know how to avoid obesity. There are several programs to lose weight, there are at least 3 gyms in each suburb and there are hundreds of professionals involved from doctors to personal trainers.

However, we forget about another important thing: brain health.

The brain is the most important part of the body. No artificial intervention was able to replace or reproduce a brain and there is no way to transplant a brain into a person. If the brain dies, the person dies too.

According to with Dementia Australia, there are more than 400 thousand Australians living with dementia in 2016. That will cost a staggering value of more than $$14.67 billion to the health system. It is not a simple thing that should be unnoticed. It is something very important and we should start doing something now to prevent dementia and also to give a better quality of life for those who already have it.

My name is Paulo. I have worked as a Web Developer for many years and a couple of years ago I switched to the training area and I really enjoy. When you train people, you actually learn and you develop other skills: empathy, patience, you learn how to listen and understand people problems and difficulties.

I have cases of dementia with close relatives and I know how much that affects everybody. It is sad to see their health deteriorating and in the end, they will not even remember who you are or who they are.

I was born with physical disabilities. I understand the importance of having a good diet and practice exercises. And those are the keys to prevent dementia. I am also a Table Tennis player and Table Tennis is considered one of the best sports in terms of brain exercise and motor coordination.

I am a member of Mensa which is the society for high IQ people. I love memory games, puzzles and mathematics exercises. With a mixture of proper diet, physical and mental activities, we can reduce the risks of having dementia and give a better life quality for those in early-stage of the disease.

Many people ask me what intelligence is. The answer is simple: intelligence is not just about how much you know about Mathematics, how many books you have read or how fast you can solve an algorithm. It’s about being able to approach a problem, acknowledge it and solve it. Then use the knowledge you gained to solve more complex problems. Don’t be afraid to innovate or to do differently. If you have good solutions, teach others, help people and use your skills to make the world a better place. That is the kind of intelligence that is valuable and it should be encouraged.

We will have a potential of 500 thousand people with dementia in the next years. Why wait the future comes if we can start doing things to avoid dementia now? The books and researchers were done and they are real. We just need to follow their recommendations.

I want to use my passion to teach people, knowledge about puzzles and my ability to learn things and become a “Brain Trainer”. I want to teach Memorization and Speed Reading techniques and resolve puzzles together. I want to put table tennis table in every clinic and demonstrate how it can really provide a good brain and body workout. I want to provide everybody with a healthier brain (including mine) and together we can not just reduce the number of people with dementia but give a better quality of life for those in the early stage of it.

``A busy mind to keep dementia at bay.``

Your brain is a powerful machine. Take care of it.

Have a healthy lifestyle

There are some recommendations you can use to not just keep your brain working properly avoiding brain diseases like dementia but also increase the capability of it.

Staying physically and mentally active, eating well, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol may protect you from dementia later in life and also avoid other problems related to obesity.
Be open to new experiences, information and activities. When you do that, you create new synaptic connections with every new activity you engage in, increasing the neural activity.
Socialize is a good way to keep your brain active. When you express yourself, you use different areas of the brain: you convert emotions and memories into words.
There are different brain exercises you can practice: puzzles, memory games, reading and writing. Try always do things the hard way and don’t be used to patterns.
Yes, you read correctly. The concentration and coordination involved to play, improve blood flow to the brain stimulating areas responsible for memory and concentration.
Studies showed that people who have a purpose in life have an Alzheimer’s risk 2.5 times lower than those with a sad and dissatisfied view.

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