We’re normally all about protecting and caring for your skin, but hey, your brain is pretty important too, right? Here are a few tips for taking care of your brain as you get older.

Eat a rainbow

Eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables throughout your life is an excellent way to keep your brain functioning well. Doing this will ensure your brain will get all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it could ever need.

Fish oil

Oily fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is a fantastic way to protect your brain and help it to keep functioning well. If you don’t like fish, try capsules, or take a vegetarian friendly omega-3 supplement instead. This is one of the best long-term things you can ever do for your brain, because not only do omega-3s protect your brain from memory loss, they’re also thought to help prevent depression, and they’re great for your skin!

Learn a new skill

Whether it’s a language, a sport, a dance style, a game like chess or a craft like knitting – keeping your brain active helps it to stay young. Not only will your new hobby help to keep your brain working, it’ll reduce stress too!

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Brain games

It’s not just Sudoku and crosswords anymore – although they are still great options. The app store on your phone has a huge variety of games designed to keep your brain supple. Download one today and start working out your brain.

Get active

Exercise has a number of benefits for the brain – it stimulates the circulation to keep brain cells well fed, it reduces your risk of vascular illnesses, and it increases the secretion of serotonin, to keep your brain literally happy!

Stay hydrated

Oh yes – we will never stop talking about the importance of staying hydrated! We’re all familiar with the sensation of a foggy brain in hot weather, or getting tired halfway through the day, or the dreaded dehydration headache. Our brains cannot function without plenty of water. Do your brain (and your skin) a favour and get at least two litres a day.

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