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As you age, it’s very important to keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy. Science points to a combination of social factors and healthy habits that can help keep it healthy and preserve its functions over time. While experts used to think that brain development peaked in late adolescence and it was all downhill from there, now we know that the brain can grow new cells and form new neural connections. Here are some tips on how to help your own brain do this:

  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is good for all your body, and this includes your brain. As little as 30 minutes per day, physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which increases cognitive function.

  • Watch what you consume: It has been found that high blood sugar can increase your risk for dementia, even without diabetes. Also, if you smoke, quit, as tobacco harms all your organs, including your brain.

  • Keep your mind stimulated: Just like our muscles and other body parts, the brain can rebuild itself through repeated use and exercise. Some exercises for the brain include puzzles and games, but also learning a new language, social activities that keep you independent and engaged with friends and family and trying out new hobbies maintain a healthy brain.

  • Sleep Well: Bad sleepers are linked to slower thinking and risk of dementia, so make sure you get from seven to nine hours of sleep - preferably at night. Also, try not to take any medication to sleep, as they can make cognitive problems worse.

What other good habits do you practice or perhaps you can think of trying out for the first time to keep your brain going strong?

You’ve probably read about these or have seen them on TV: from Tokyo to all corners of the world, capsule hotels are an innovative idea that brings many benefits to its users and to the city. Capsule hotels are fancy hostels where, instead of sleeping in bunk beds, guests sleep in small, individual capsules in a hall with 20-40 others. In these hotels, bathrooms are shared but there are usually individual shower rooms to keep guests as comfortable as possible. They also usually separate men from women, a tradition that comes from its Japanese concept.

Originally designed for businessmen who worked late and needed a place to crash, capsule hotels are also a good idea because: they’re cheap: Since hotel prices in Tokyo can be extremely high, capsule hotels are a cheap alternative, charging around half their price - while still being located in the same areas as any fancy hotel. They also deal very well with large amounts of guests, as they can host hundreds of guests at a time in a much smaller area than most hotels.

Also if you lost your luggage while traveling, make sure to check in on one of these hotels, as they provide you with the regular clean towels, slippers, soap, as well as comfy pajamas, umbrellas, a toothbrush and toothpaste and other items to help you go through that first night in the city. Capsule hotels are also very quiet, as they have a “keep quiet” policy in all rooms, meaning there are no loud noises from outside or even from your neighbors in other pods or capsules.

So, if you’re planning a cool adventure (hopefully in the not so distant future), how about giving a capsule hotel a try? It’s never too late for trying out something new!

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No need to wait for the next pandemic, it’s always a good idea to keep your immune system in top shape in order to withstand the yearly bouts of influenza and colds. Your diet goes a long way in strengthening your body’s immune system, so we have collected a list of natural sources of vitamins and minerals that are essential for a well-functioning immune system.


Vitamin C

This vitamin is an antioxidant and helps fight free radicals that put a stress on the immune system. Add these foods to your diet:

  • Citrus fruits and juices (oranges, limes, grapefruit)
  • Kiwi
  • Red and green peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries


Vitamin E

Another powerful and useful antioxidant that you can find in these foods:

  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanut butter (preferably with no sugar added)

Zinc

This is an essential mineral in the production of immune system cells, so be sure you get enough of it in your diet. Zinc-rich foods include:

  • Oysters
  • Cashews
  • Chickpeas
  • Crab and lobster
  • Baked beans

Carotenoids (Vitamin A)

Carotenoids are a class of natural pigments found in plants that when consumed, they are converted into Vitamin A. Get your carotenoid boost from these foods:

  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Apricots
  • Papaya
  • Mango

Omega-3

Omega-3 is a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation in the body and keep the immune system in balance. Consume these foods rich in Omega-3:

  • Oily Fish (mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines)
  • Flaxseed
  • Walnuts

(Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment or diagnosing a health issue. Consult your physician or nutritionist prior to making drastic changes to your diet.)

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