However, some of us age more gracefully than others.
A key to graceful aging is keeping your mind sharp.
Here at Jiva Spa Toronto, we have anti-aging treatments for body and mind to help keep you looking and feeling your best.
Here are 9 ways to keep your mind and body fresh as ever.
1. Eat A Healthy Diet
A properly fed body leads to a healthy mind, so making the right food choices is important.
Eating your fruits and veggies is a good start, but also try to include complex carbohydrates like oats since they are low-glycemic, which means your blood sugar won’t spike like with other carbs.
Also cook foods that have mono- or polyunsaturated fats, like olive oil, as they can raise your levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol that can aid in protecting brain cells.
For more on nutrition, speak to a qualified healthcare practitioner, like a dietitian or a naturopathic doctor.
2. Don’t Smoke
While the risks of smoking are well-known, many people may not know that smoking can speed up the brain’s natural aging process.
It also contributes to the formation of plaques that have been shown to lead to dementia.
Keeping your smoke intake minimal is key to staying sharp.
3. Enjoy Some Music
The periodical Neuron published a study linking music listening to the brain’s ability to stay focused and anticipate events.
People’s brains were MRI’d while they were listening to symphony music, and again when they weren’t.
The areas of the brain responsible for making predictions, paying attention, and accessing memories lit up when music was playing, and did not when it was silent.
The next time you’re feeling a little dull, toss on your favourite record and let the music sharpen your mind.
4. Enjoy Some Mentally Stimulating Activities
Research shows that activities that are mentally stimulating can help prevent and even reverse cognitive decay.
Keeping your brain active works the same way as keeping your body active: regular exercise will keep you in good shape.
Make time for your favourite mental tasks such as puzzles, writing, and reading.
5. Shield Your Brain
Just like your momma always told you, put on a helmet and wear your seatbelt.
Serious brain injury is believed to be linked to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, especially when the trauma is repetitive or results in loss of consciousness.
So if you’re doing an activity that’s potentially risky, make sure you take the right safety precautions.
6. Drink Alcohol (In Moderation!)
While drinking alcohol may be generally seen as a negative in terms of health, multiple studies link moderate consumption (two drinks a day for men, one for women) to reduced dementia.
However, be careful: alcohol abuse is linked to an increase in cognitive problems, including dementia, aside from the regular physical health risks.
7. Sweat It Out
Just as exercising your mind is good for your body, exercising your body is good for your mind.
Increased blood flow to the brain and new brain cell growth are both benefits of even short exercise routines: a mere 30 minutes a day of elevated heart level can keep your brain in tip top shape.
8. Nurture Your Relationships
While also the key to a happy life, staying close with your friends and loved ones has benefits for your brain as well.
Social interaction causes your brain to activate the centres related to attention and memory, which are crucial to daily function and processing.
So don’t neglect your pals.
Have more coffee dates, days in the park, or whatever you find to be fun.
9. Book A Spa Treatment
A relaxing facial is a great way to help relieve stress and anxiety, which are major contributors to premature aging and mental deterioration.
Our team of aestheticians will work with you and come up with a treatment plan tailored to fit your exact needs.
Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for, or you’re new to the spa world and need some guidance, we’re here for you.
Contact Jiva Spa Toronto to book a consultation with one of our aestheticians to find out what type of spa treatment will work best for you.
390 Bloor St W,
Toronto, ON M5S 1X4
Jiva Spa is a health and beauty spa, conveniently located in the heart of The Annex in Toronto. Specialising in anti-aging, acne, facials, aesthetics, and medi-spa services. Contact Jiva Spa.