Good evening, folks.
Today, I’ve got something a little different for you…
A short POP QUIZ!
Okay, here we go…
Do the following equations
8 + 4 = ?
8 x 4 = ?
Good. Short and sweet.
Now, here’s what I want you to do:
Ask yourself if you found it difficult going immediately from addition to multiplication.
If it took you more than about a second to make that switch from “8 + 4 = 12” to “8 x 4 = 32,” it’s a sign you might be having trouble retrieving relevant memories.
Your BRAIN is CLUTTERED—and that’s an early warning sign of mental decline.
Don’t worry; stick with me and I’ll show you how you can get your brain back in TIP-TOP SHAPE in a few moments…
But first, you’ll want to take a look at a new study that highlights this exact issue.
The brain test
It asked 34 young adults (18-30) and 34 older adults (65-85) to answer math-related problems while undergoing an MRI.
The questions were in “True or False” format. They had to decide if 8 + 4 = 32 and 8 x 4 = 12… and other similar questions.
What they noticed is the younger participants didn’t have as much of a delay switching between tasks compared to senior participants.
The researchers also saw physical differences in the brain; areas in the frontal brain were lighting up for seniors when the younger adults didn’t have the same result.
Now, there’s an important distinction here…
The study didn’t show seniors had difficulty remembering how to do math.
Instead, it revealed a difference in executive memory, or working memory. And the more information that gets in the way of finding the memory you’re trying to pull up, the worse your cognitive decline is.
This often leads to problems with:
- Processing, storing, and retrieving information
As I’m sure you can imagine, these signs aren’t usually obvious. That’s why mental decline can be difficult to diagnose since it tends to happen over a long period of time.
So take this chance and work on a few key areas…
How to UNCLUTTER your mind
Mental performance has long been tied to physical exercise.
For example, a University of Illinois study that tested nearly 300 breast cancer survivors and patients found:
- Those who exercised were able to sleep better.
- Those who pushed themselves even harder—undergoing moderate to vigorous exercise—showed even better results.
- When put to cognitive tests, those who exercised hardest did FAR better on tasks involving executive memory.
The good news is you don’t have to do much to see immediate results. You only need to keep a brisk walking pace of 10 minutes a day.
However, as the results showed, more exercise is better at saving your brain!
So if you want to PROTECT your brain, make regular exercise part of your routine. Do something (or several things) you love: swimming, biking, hiking, circuit training with weights…you name it.
And to do even MORE, make sure you eat your blueberries.
That’s right; just 24 grams of freeze-dried blueberries every day, or 1 cup of fresh berries, has been shown to lower repeated errors during cognitive tests.