High-intensity exercise may have protective effects on brain health, according to new research. Image credit: Karen N M Caetano Karen/EyeEm/Getty Images Past studies have shown that intermittent fasting and living a physically active lifestyle may be able to slow age-related cognitive decline, which is a natural part of aging.
New research has found that exercise, particularly short bursts of high intensity exercise can increase the amount of neuroprotective brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the body.
The study found that high intensity exercise is a more efficient way to increase the level of DBNF than fasting alone.
Aging is associated with lower levels of cognitive performance. Research has shown that cognitive ability is at its peak around the age of 30 .
Common symptoms associated with age-related cognitive decline include: a slow down in reasoning and problem-solving skills
decreased in verbal and numeric ability
a decline in memory Some level of cognitive decline is unavoidable, but research suggests access to sufficient nutrition and exercise can help keep the body but the mind healthy.“There is a substantial amount of evidence demonstrating that exercise possesses a significant ability to reduce the risk of cognitive decline […] “preventative lifestyle medicine”, […] is more about percentage risk reduction, which is likely greater alongside more than one lifestyle change,” explained Dr. Ryan Glatt , senior brain health coach and director of the FitBrain Program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica. Intermittent fasting (IF) and exercise have both been shown to slow down […]