LONDON: Mental and psychiatric illnesses are on the rise around the world, with experts saying diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia are on the rise. In this context, psychiatrists have provided some medical tips that we can follow to keep our brains bright and energetic.
Stop sitting and be active
Annie Kelly, a psychiatrist at Trinity College Dublin, says that 85% of the time after waking up, do something and keep yourself active. There are three immediate benefits to living an active life in this way: first, memory is good, second, blood vessels are healthy, and third, the body’s immune system is in good condition.
As we get older, our memory fades. Exercise not only increases brain volume but also slows it down if it is declining. This has been confirmed by MRI and other medical procedures.
The brain needs blood. It accounts for two to three percent of the body’s weight and 15 percent of the body’s blood supply. Exercise reduces fat in the blood vessels and improves blood flow. In this way the brain functions in an orderly manner and the memory stays strong.
The third benefit is that the body’s natural defense system improves with exercise and thus we can avoid many diseases.
Useful effects of gardening
If you are aging, your lawn can be turned into a gardening area to make it a quiet hospital. Growing and caring for flowers and plants has a profound effect on the heart and mind.
Patients with dementia in particular can benefit greatly from what is called horticultural therapy. Some studies have shown that positive results begin to appear in just ten weeks.
Stay away from pollution
There has been considerable research on air pollution and brain effects. Therefore, it is necessary to take up residence in the air. Much has been written before about the negative effects of air pollution on pregnant women and children.
Control blood pressure and diabetes
Two diseases that can seriously damage mental health are blood pressure and diabetes. Diabetes and blood pressure affect the blood vessels and can severely affect the brain. Therefore, it is important to stay away from these two diseases.