Essential Daily Habits to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

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Are you having memory lapses and are worried about what this might mean for your brain long-term?

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Suzanne tells The Doctors she is forgetting things more and more. She's worried her memory lapses could mean something more serious when she is older and wants to find out what she can do to keep her brain in its best shape as she ages. Dr. Ian Smith notes women have double the risk of developing dementia as men, but says there are some daily habits that may keep your brain functioning at its best.

“The Genius Life” author Max Lugavere -- whose mom was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia --  says brain health can be broken down into 3 categories: the food you eat, the amount of sleep you get each night, and managing chronic illness.

The foods Max says need to be in constant rotation in your diet: Wild fatty fish, dark leafy greens, 72 percent cacao dark chocolate (and not "Dutch-processed" or processed with alkali chocolate), cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts or broccoli, berries, extra-virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, nuts, and eggs.

Why proper sleep is so vital: He says sleep can help cleanse your body of toxic proteins and says sleep is like a car wash for the brain. To ensure you are sleeping enough Max says to be active every day, which can help you fall asleep easier.

Why chronic illness may increase someone's dementia risk: He explains health issues like being overweight and diabetes can contribute to brain health issues and he says people's metabolic health issues are a "ticking time bomb" that needs to be addressed. Oftentimes, these issues can benefit from eating more of the above-mentioned foods. 

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He also notes at breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you pick whole foods over processed items your brain will thank you today and possibly for years to come.

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