Read has no contraindications. So good it is lost in the pages of a book that our brain note… and is not a metaphor. Reading stimulates brain activity, strengthens the neural connections and increases the cognitive reserve of the brain, a factor that has been shown to be protective against neurodegenerative diseases.
Our brain needs that keep it active, exercise itSo says the Sociedad Española de Neurología (SEN), on the occasion of the international book day, reminding you to enjoying good health our brain needs that keep it active, who exercise it.
However, as points out, the doctor Guillermo Garcia Ribas, Coordinator of the study group behavior and dementia of the SEN, “while is one of the most important organs of our body, we do not always spend enough time to take care of it”.
Various studies show that an active brain not only better performs its functions, but that increases the speed of response, since while reading, undertakes to the brain to think, to organize ideas, concepts interrelate, to exercise memory and to imagine, which allows to improve the intellectual capacity by stimulating our neurons.
Cognitive reserve to deal with dementia
Reading is one of the most beneficial health activities, “since has shown that stimulates brain activity and strengthens the neural connections”, in addition, in recent years, there have been many studies that have linked the level of reading and writing with an increase of the cognitive reserve.
Found that reading slows and prevents memory lossScience has seen the direct relationship between the cognitive reserve and the proper functioning of our brain aging. Also has been shown that it is a protective factor against the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases. Found that the more cognitive reserve has an individual, more capacity has his brain to compensate for the brain damage generated by certain pathologies”, says Garcia Ribas.
Dementias, in neurological diseases, are that most have been linked to the concept of cognitive reserve. Characterized by a persistent and progressive of the higher brain functions decline: memory, language, orientation, calculation or spatial perception, etc, most prevalent form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which is between 60% and 80% of cases of dementia.
Due to progressive aging of the population, over the next few years, the number of people affected by these diseases will increase exponentially. “Carry out preventive activities, as for example to promote reading, since it found that reading slows and prevents memory loss, would allow delay the onset of these diseases and, therefore, reduce the number of cases,” says.
More social relationships and less stress
According to SEN, reading also generate conversation topics, which facilitates the interaction and social relations, another key aspect to keep our brain exercised. Promote reading also has other advantages for our health, and reduce the level of stressor, before bedtime, develop good sleep hygiene routines.
Even though the reading is good at any age, children and adults are the two groups that should insist more on the promotion of reading. In children, because it is the best time to inculcate this habit and, in addition, your brain and its capabilities are still developing; and in the elderly, so that they can keep your brain active while your activity is lowest, daily reading is a stimulus for your brain.