MAY 14, 2016 8:33 PM PDT

How to Achieve Long-Term Brain Health

WRITTEN BY: Julianne Chiaet

Thousands of studies have shown how pivotal the brain is to our physical health.

A 2011 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin found that people recover faster when they believe a given treatment will work. Other studies have found that social connectedness is the largest predictor of health and how long you will live. Humans are a social species, and those who live with other people actually live longer than those who live alone.

People respond differently to stress, but it's important not to have too much of it. There are ways to alleviate stress even when your job relates to it. Ways to alleviate stress include: reducing cigarettes, alcohol and caffeine; getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, petting animals, writing positive thoughts, and exercising.

It's important to understand what works for you and to put conscious effort into keeping your brain healthy.
About the Author
Julianne (@JuliChiaet) covers health and medicine for LabRoots. Her work has been published in The Daily Beast, Scientific American, and MailOnline. While primarily a science journalist, she has also covered culture and Japanese organized crime. She is the New York Board Representative for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). • To read more of her writing, or to send her a message, go to Jchiaet.com
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