A Neuroscientist Says to Do This One Thing Every Day to Keep Your Brain Healthy

Health and wellness have a much broader definition than they did in the past. Nowadays, it goes beyond the simple topics of diet and exercise to incorporate all realms of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In other words, running a seven-minute mile is great, but we're aiming to reach other goals ahead of that—namely, feeling an internal sense of wellness and balance. To us, a big part of that is brain health. We want to know that we're doing everything in our power to support the speed, accuracy, and longevity of our cognitive function. Because however sad it may be, the truth is that our brain ages along with the rest of our bodies. 

The good news is this: Staving off cognitive decline is easier than you think. And no, it doesn't involve intricate brain games or puzzles. That's according to Jessica Langbaum, a specialist in Alzheimer's prevention who just opened up to NPR about the steps you can take to keep your brain in tip-top shape. Keep scrolling to see the easy (and totally free) secret to maintaining a healthy brain.