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What Takes Priority? Protecting your Brain From Aging and Staving Off Dementia

Dementia is incredibly frightening. The Christian faith teaches us to honor our parents and take care of the elderly. More than any screaming monster clown or shark that can jump atop boats and fly in tornadoes, dementia is a real horror. Nearly a third of all Britons think that a dementia diagnosis means life is over, according to a recent Alzheimer’s Society report. What this means is incredible. Many people equate dementia with death- in a way, it very much is. But there are ways to keep your brain young and postpone dimentia, as taught by Leigh Richardson in Dallas.

So staving off aging and dementia has become an extremely high priority for many. The onset of that is a massive industry that often focuses in the wrong areas. Where can Britons place their attention to slow down aging in reasonable ways, and actually dramatically deter the possible onset of dementia?

Food Over Cosmetics

Cosmetic products promise to reduce aging, but a lot of this is speculative. If anything, it can prey on a willingness to be more attractive without actually having any legitimate anti-aging properties. This does not apply to all cosmetic products, but it is enough to warrant note. More importantly, food is the greatest contributing factor to reducing aging. Organic food, non-GMO products, and other types of food are becoming increasingly pivotal as more and more studies surface. More people should be knowledgeable about what they put in their body. It is inherently tied to all aspects of health, including aging.

Physical Exercise Over Video Game Exercise

To be in a state of actively protecting your brain f rom aging, exercise is necessary. Really, only in the last decade have studies shown the immediate and momentous value of exercise. It helps in all areas of health. It helps fight off depression. It alleviates stress, it regulates hormones, etc. Some people find exercise to be the ultimate tool against nearly all ailments and it is hard to find a scenario where exercise would not help, in some regard, at least.

Interestingly, video games have been touted as reliable ways to stave off aging by supplying the brain with puzzles and interactions. Nintendo has developed a franchise around this concept. It is called “Brain Age,” and three titles are out now with sales in the millions. PositScience is another source that promises anti-aging through what are dubbed brain exercises. These brain exercises involve numbers, letters, and shapes to invigorate the brain to think in new ways. It is a wonderful thought experience. Yet, as of now, there are very few legitimate studies that substantiate anti-aging through video games of this kind. There are even less official explorations of adventure or shooting games that substantiate the same argument. In all, it is a valid (and sensible) argument with not a lot of concrete evidence.

Video games are likely effective sources in minimizing aging through brain stimulation. Yet, like anything, it can be easily overdone. Can they help in a brain injury? What are the long-term benefits for anti-aging? Video games may help coordination and keep the mind occupied, but their results on anti-aging are more precarious.

Knowledge Over Blatant Media Sensations

It has been stated that dementia is an incredibly concerning ailment and disease. When people are extra sensitive to something, they can often take this to the extreme. Furthermore, the media knows this and may exploit it for clicks and ratings. The web is a big problem here. Many people pursue clicks over real studies.

Experts suggest being discerning about where knowledge on a topic is coming from. This takes a bit of patience, but it can really cause people to slow down and absorb what they are hearing and from what source. A study is, in itself, not proof of anything. It always depends on the source of the study and how it has been performed. In this day and age of fast information expansion, a bad fact or poor study can cultivate a larger story that goes off the rails. Some common thoughts now have originated from bad studies that have been debunked years ago.

Be cautious of the source. Find reputable resources to gain knowledge from. Build a repertoire of reliable physicians and scientists who are trusted and minimize media sensations with a suspicious eye. Not all information is accurate. In a field so dire and so in need of answers, bad information can run awry.