Everyone knows that a newly steeped hot cup of tea, enjoyed with someone you care about, can be incredibly enjoyable. But did you know it it may help you maintain your cognitive function later into life? A study in the 2016 “Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging” showed that drinking tea frequently is associated with a lower risk of dementia, especially for people who are genetically predisposed to the disease.
The reasons for this are not completely clear and may include other factors associated with tea drinking such as avoidance of other unhealthy activities. The findings suggest that the brain protecting affects of tea drinking could stem from bio-active compounds in tea leaves, such as flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential, and L-theanine, which regulates neurotransmitter and brain activities.
Healthier eating habits tend to be present in tea drinkers. This includes the consumption of more leafy green vegetables, the darker the better, as well as non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Fish and meats higher in omega-3 fatty acids make up foods that along with tea drinking can help fight dementia.
Cold showers are also getting more attention lately, and not for the reason you may think. Finishing your shower with 30 seconds of cold water may provide significant potential health benefits and help prolong your physical and cognitive health. These benefits include accelerating your immune system, and improving circulation as well as the health of your skin. The cold water causes your body to increase blood flow to warm your core and protect vital organs. This increase in blood flow is a good thing for your overall health.
As I’ve also written many times, to slow the cognitive and physical effects of aging, exercise is key. This includes both resistance exercises as well as aerobic exercises. Exercise is well known to help improve our mobility and ability to perform work. Exercise also stimulates the production and repair of components of our cells and genes that can help to offset aging.
There is much we can do to slow our biological aging by adjusting diet and lifestyle factors. So sit back and enjoy a cup of tea.