June is Brain Health Awareness month and we’re sharing 10 ways you can support your brain health for optimal function. Being proactive about your brain health is the best way to start. From nutrition to exercise, there are many important factors that affect your brain’s longevity and function.

Start now. It’s never too early or late to incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle.

Break a Sweat: Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates heart rate and increases blood flow. Studies have found that physical activity reduces risk of cognitive decline.

Hit the Books: Formal education will help reduce risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Take a class at a local college, community center or online.

Butt Out: Smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.

Follow Your Heart: Risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health.

Heads Up: Brain injury can raise risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seatbelt and use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike.

Fuel Up Right: Eat a balanced diet that is higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Catch Some Zzzzs: Sleep is a foundation to help improve cardiovascular health, elevate mood, improve focus and concentration, increase metabolism for weight loss, and increase energy for exercise.

Take Care of Your Mental Health: Some studies link depression with cognitive decline, so seek treatment if you have depression, anxiety or stress.

Buddy Up: Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Find ways to be part of your local community or share activities with friends and family.

Stump Yourself: Challenge your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Play games of strategy, like bridge.

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting these key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Any questions or want to connect with a specialist? The physicians of Newport Neurospecialists have come together to bring patients the most comprehensive neurosciences program in Orange County and can help ensure that your brain gets the expert care it needs. Meet our team>>