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7 Smart Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp for Decades

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Some of the same habits that keep your body fit can also help keep your mind in tip-top shape: According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, being in better cardiovascular shape as a young adult may help preserve your memory and brain power 25 years later. Rack up some cardio, then keep reading to find out what else you can do right now to stay on top of your mental game as you age.

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Eat More Healthy Fats

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Research showed that people who consumed the most fat had a 35 percent decreased risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia when compared to the people who consumed the least fat. To up your intake, check out these foods that are high in good-for-you fats.

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...And More Berries

Another recent study found that rats fed a diet rich in berries were less likely to show signs of cognitive decline. Learn about some of the other (many) health benefits of berries

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Limit Your Intake of Sugar and White Flour

Clearly, there's lots of evidence about which foods and nutrients can help ward off mental trouble down the road—but there's also plenty of research on what you should avoid to keep your brain sharp. You'll want to limit your intake of simple sugars, refined carbohydrates, and saturated fats—diets high in these components may mess with insulin levels in the brain, wreaking havoc on your memory, say experts.

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Do Something Mentally Taxing

You always hear that your brain is like a muscle—if you don't use it, you'll lose it. One study published in Neurology in 2013 suggests that may be true: It found that regularly doing brain-stimulating activities such as reading and writing could keep your mind sharp as you age. Need some new book suggestions? Peruse our previous 60-second book club picks.

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Hang Out with Friends

One large study found that the more socially active you are, the less likely you are to suffer from memory loss. Sounds like a pretty great excuse to schedule a girls' night to us!

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Follow a Regular Sleep Schedule

In a recent study, mice who slept for only short periods of time lost 25 percent of the neurons in their locus coeruleus, the section of their brain associated with alertness and cognitive function. What’s more, napping later didn't mitigate this effect. Pretty terrifying, huh? Learn the reality about these 10 sleep myths to get more shuteye ASAP.

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Cook Food at Lower Temperatures

Toxic chemicals that can lead to mental decline and eventually Alzheimer's are released in greater amounts when food is cooked at higher temperatures, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To keep your food safe, avoid eating excessive amounts of grilled or deep-fried foods (particularly meat).

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