How can you maintain your brain health while getting older? You know already the answer: through lifestyle. A healthy diet, limited alcohol intake, moderate exercise, no smoking, good quality sleep, and stress-reducing practices will keep your body in balance, reducing risk factors for brain disorders, including Alzheimer.
According to a recent study, there is one more important lifestyle aspect, spiritual fitness, that can keep your brain away from Alzheimer’s. To practice spiritual fitness the researchers proposed Kirtan Kriya, a 12-minute singing meditation that involves 4 sounds, breathing, and repetitive finger movements. This simple meditation seems to improve sleep, decrease depression, mitigate the effects of chronic stress on cognition, reverse memory loss, and increase overall wellbeing.
A neuroimaging study of Kirtan Kriya showed that long-term practitioners had an increased blood flow to areas of the brain involved in cognition and emotional regulation; an increased gray matter volume; and decreased size of spaces between the communicating cavities within the brain. All of them contribute in slow brain aging.
The key of achieving these results is making a commitment to the meditation, but also to other brain longevity lifestyle aspects to prevent Alzheimer’s disease while getting older.
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