1. Eat Your Brain Food
A diet of junk food can junk up your brain, as things like trans fats and saturated fats, common in heavily processed foods, can negatively affect the brain’s synapses. Synapses connect the brains neurons and are important to learning and memory. On the other hand, a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids — found in salmon, walnuts and kiwi fruit — can give the synapses a boost and help fight against mental disorders.
2. Hit the Gym
Giving the rest of your body a workout can also improve your memory, make you think more clearly and decrease the risk of developing cognitive diseases. Half an hour every other day will do it, experts say. And don’t forget to stretch: Stretching can help reduce stress, which can impact the memory centers of your brain.
3. Mind Benders
Give your brain a workout, too, with brainteasers, crossword puzzles and memory games — studies have shown that using these tools to stay mentally active can reduce the risks of developing dementia by building and maintaining a reserve of stimulation in your brain.
4. Memory tricks
Keeping information stored in your memory banks and retaining that memory with age may also be a simple matter of mind control.
5. Give it a Rest
Sleep gives your brain a chance to replay the memories of the day and consolidate them for long-term storage. One study suggested that the brain can do its reviewing much faster when you’re asleep than when you’re wide awake.