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Strength Training Can Boost Your Long-Term Memory and Lower Your Risk of Dementia

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  • A healthy lifestyle will support your brain health, and can even encourage your brain to grow new neurons—a process known as neurogenesis or neuroplasticity
  • Diet, sleep, and exercise are three lifestyle factors that can significantly influence your brain health and memory
  • Exercise prompts nerve cells to release brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which triggers other chemicals that promote neural health, and directly benefits cognitive functions, including learning
  • Recent research found that a 20-minute weight training session could improve memory in the participants
  • A number of previous studies show that exercise can promote growth of new brain cells, enlarge your memory center, improve IQ scores, and help prevent brain deterioration associated with aging

By Dr. Mercola

The fear of losing cognitive ability tends to overshadow the fear of physical disability; 60 percent of American adults say they are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" about memory loss.


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