Wednesday, October 23, 2013



While researching my material for Aging Gracefully with Dignity, Integrity and Spunk Intact: Aging Defiantly, what started out as a journey to find out how to keep the mind young, I ran smack into the complexities of the human mind – an amazing puzzle that scientists are still unraveling.

Many of us think we’re living healthy but are we?  Are you taking care of your brain? 

Do you know that your brain is in charge of everything from your weight to your sex life?  It’s very important to take care of your Personal Retrieval System so it can take care of you! 

Every day, make sure you’re keeping your stress levels low, getting enough sleep, (8 hours), eating healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar up, getting enough vitamin D, looking at complex images/patterns and learning something new.

You can also slow down your brain tissue from deteriorating by getting your heart rate up so that you increase blood flow to your brain.  Invest in walking 3 times a week for a half an hour to improve your memory.  According to a study done at the University of Illinois by Arthur Kramer, Ph.D., (professor of cognitive neuroscience), "We examined brain structure before and after fitness training and we found increases of brain volume in a number of areas," says Dr. Kramer.

Another thing you can do to help your brain health is to help your back health.  Back pain can slow down your decision making, according to Dr. A. Vania Apkarian.  Check out the Mayo Clinic’s website for back exercises or for back exercises and more.

Of course being overweight doesn’t help your brain health, either.  Why?  Because fat cells hold on to toxins that can be harmful to your brain.  And free radicals can actually kill brain cells.  Check with your doctor about where your BMI, (Body Mass Index), should be.  The average is below 25.  (Suggested BMI for 75+ is 27.)  Remember to drink plenty of water and to eat plenty of foods that are rich in antioxidants to help right those free radicals out of your body.  (Green apples have a lot of pectin to help more those pesky fat cells around.  Plus, apples have the antioxidant quercetin in them to fight those nasty free radicals.)

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