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HuffPost: 6 Seemingly ‘Harmless’ Habits That Are Prematurely Aging Your Brain

HuffPost recently interviewed Zaldy Tan, MD, MPH, medical director of the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders at Cedars-Sinai, about how to correct common behaviors that could be accelerating brain aging.

Tan told HuffPost that maintaining social activities is among the most important ways to keep the brain healthy.

“It’s so common in our culture to slowly lose our social network as we go through life,” said Tan, also Cedars-Sinai’s Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology. “We need to have some kind of social network that we can turn to whenever we need it—or even if we don’t think we need it. Every time we meet someone new … we make a new connection within our brain between brain cells.”

Tan told HuffPost that too much fast food also can harm the brain and that a nutritious diet is vital to slowing aging of the brain.

Although many people rely on microwaveable meals or fast food when life gets busy, those ultra-processed foods aren’t the healthiest choice.

“In the long term, that may not really be the best for our brains,” Tan said.

He added that incorporating daily physical activity also is key.

“Whether it be … gardening or … taking a hike, there are some things we could incorporate into our daily lives that in the long run are probably more sustainable and beneficial than spending an hour in the gym once a week,” Tan told HuffPost.

Other healthy brain habits include learning new skills, addressing chronic stress and getting enough quality sleep.

Click here to read the complete article in HuffPost.