Do we really lose brain cells as we age?

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Am I really losing brain cells as I age?

It seems like everything you read about aging these days has to do with dementia, the risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurological problems. When we are young- between 20-25, our brains reached peak performance. In our 30’s memory starts to slip, our 40’s & 50’s our reasoning skills slow down. By our 60’s the brain has actually begin to shrink! Like any other muscle, we can at least stave off deterioration with a good workout- here are some tips!

  1. Break a sweat! Exercise pumps blood to the brain and encourages growth of new brain cells
  2. Listen to music: A study in the journal Neuron showed that listening to music may sharpen the brain’s ability to anticipate events and stay focused
  3. Eat wisely: Certain foods like brightly colored vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants- these counteract disease causing free radicals in your brain!

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