Archive for the ‘Brain’ Category

Get Healthy Brain Habits

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

With the technology we have today we can see what our brain looks like and see how healthy or unhealthy it is.

Dr. Daniel Amen is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and with his brain imaging SPECT studies show how we can improve our brains so that they look younger and function better to help ward off dementia and other problems.

You only have one brain so use it to your advantage and remain or become sharp again.

I would suggest looking into Dr. Daniel Amen’s books and clinics.

The Brain

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

It has only been recently that there have been studies of how the brain functions and how it is improved or diminished.

One of the leading doctors in the field of the brain and how it works is Dr. Daniel G. Amen.

Our brain is only a small part of the total body but it NEVER sleeps. The brain is always working and uses 20-30 percent of the calories we consume. According to Dr. Amen is also consumes 20 percent of the oxygen and blood flow in the body. Because of this high metabolic rate, it produces a high level of free radicals, which can damage your brain. So if you brain is low with it’s antioxidant capacity the brain is damaged. Dr. Amen points out that your brain is the most expensive piece of real estate in your body.

Your brain is very soft like soft butter encased in a hard shell with lots of sharp ridges.

Unfortunately we are just learning about this with all the brain injuries among athletes. So when your head is knocked around the brain is damaged.

Learn to take care of your brain and you can learn to live a long happy life.

Longevity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Recent research shows that only about 30 percent of longevity is determined by genetics, the other 70 percent is up to you.

Your habits determine how old your brain is, and then how long you will live and how well you will live.

Change your brain to change you age.

First Do No Harm

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

This is the oldest rule for medicine, “First do no harm”. Unfortunately our dietary suppliers don’t follow this rule.

The chief villains are processed fats. Finally we are getting rid of trans fats, formed when liquid oils are transformed into solid fats by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. But some 20 years ago manufacturers started added trans fats to their processed foods to prolong shelf life and stabilize flavor. Thanks to trans fats, crackers, cookies, and snack foods will stay fresh for years.

Then when you eat these hydrogenated fats they clog your arteries in both the brain and heart. This in turn leads to decreased memory and heart attacks.

So you want to avoid foods that are labeled “hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated”. You also want to avoid most fried foods. I know they taste good but would you rather have a functioning brain are a wasted individual? We have a choice and we can make a difference. The food manufacturers are finally getting away from trans fats – so can you.

Care and Feeding of the Brain

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Veerendra K. Madala Halaggappa, of the National Institute on Aging, says: “Our findings show that fast-food diets impair memory in mice and make their brains more vulnerable to toxins. . . .If such diets have similar effects in humans, then reducing the amount of fat and empty calories may improve one’s memory and increase resistance to age- and stress- related cognitive impairment.”

Where would you be health wise if you took this seriously?

We have two arms, two legs, two eyes, but only one brain and we can do better if we took care of our brain.

Employ Your Brain

Monday, April 19th, 2010

For many years scientists thought our brains lost as much as 30 percent of their neurons as we grew older. Hence the saying you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

Now research shows that we keep most of our brain cells and that we can continue to grow neurons until we die.

Nutrients help, take those food supplements, but check out to see that you are actually getting what is on the label and that your body can absorb them. AbsorptionĀ is very important and sometimes a supplement needs to have a booster for best results.

At the present time exercise is considered the most important to put your brain to work. The brain, like the heart, needs oxygen and blood flow, which in turn promotes the creation of new brain cells, even as we age. This means we have to challenge ourselves to new ventures, a new look at the world, or our ideas about the universe for example. Going in new directions actually helps our brain to grow.

So let’s start exercising.