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National Farm Safety and Health Week – Brain Health

Brain Health

The brain is the most vital organ in your body. Because of this, it is essential to take steps in life to protect and promote the health of your brain. Protecting your brain can be looked at in two ways, both physically and mentally. Taking steps to protect and promote your brain health should be considered a necessity in everyday life. Below are some tips to help keep your brain healthy.

Physically protect your brain.
Before riding on ATVs, UTVs, or any other type of vehicle where the rider is subject to falling off, it is important to wear a helmet. A helmet helps protect the brain from trauma if the rider falls off. This can reduce the risk of concussions and trauma to the brain.

Exercise regularly.
Exercising regularly promotes blood flow to the brain and helps keep your brain healthy as well as your body. With increased blood flow to the brain, you are less likely to experience mental decline as you age.

Get plenty of sleep.
Getting a good night’s rest helps promote your memory and your brain health. It is recommended to get 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep not only helps with brain health, but it also helps with stress management and overall body health. While getting a good night’s rest may not be easy, strive to have a set bedtime and rise time to promote overall bodily health.

Remain mentally active throughout your life.
Your brain is just like your biceps… If you stop using your biceps, you will become weaker. If you stop exercising your brain, you will lose your mental capacity. This can be as simple as staying social or doing daily word puzzles. Just remember to challenge your brain every day.

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