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5 rituals that will help your brain stay young

Thanks to improvements in medicine, more of us are living longer. That means we have a heightened investment in making sure our brains stay in shape as we age, too. While an increased life expectancy will not necessarily lead to  a higher incidence of cognitive disorders , Alzheimer’s alone is expected to affect  over seven million American seniors  by 2025. Lucky for us, advanced technologies have enabled researchers to understand how the brain works, what it responds to, and even how to retrain it. For instance, we know our brains prefer foods with high levels of antioxidants, including blueberries, kale, and nuts. We know that  a Mediterranean diet , which is largely plant-based and rich in whole grain, fish, fruits, and red wine, can lead to higher brain functions. And we know that  smiling can retrain our brains  to look for positive possibilities rather than negative ones. Source: World Alzheimers Report 2015 Whether you’re 25 or 65, consider adopti