New Year Resolutions

It’s a new year…and that usually means a new list of resolutions. For many, the list may include losing weight, eating healthier, saving money, spending more time with family and friends, quitting smoking or drinking, and learning or doing something new. Perhaps instead of resolutions, we should consider commitments for the new year…commitments to a healthier lifestyle.

You are already familiar with the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention™, which include diet and supplements, exercise, and stress management. Make a commitment to eat healthier. Just like your body, your brain needs proper nutrition, blood flow, energy, and care to operate effectively. There is growing evidence that links brain health to heart health. Many of the conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes, appear to increase the risk of developing vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. Eating a heart-healthy diet rich in cold-water fish, lean protein, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables can help protect against these conditions. Additionally, antioxidants found in foods and supplements, such as Vitamins A, C and E, help protect against free radicals, which are highly-reactive forms of oxygen that create chemical reactions that damage brain cells. Foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, kale, citrus, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, wheat germ, and seeds, are great sources of antioxidants. Read the rest of this entry »

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ACTIVATE IT!

You have a brain, is that true?  From that brain comes your mind:  thoughts, ideas, and actions that create your life, fulfill your destiny and leave your legacy.

What we’re learning more and more is that a certain particular part of your brain is very important.  It’s called the frontal brain or frontal lobes and most importantly, the prefrontal cortex (PFC).  You better hope yours is in great shape or you’re going to find aging more and more difficult.  When your PFC works well, it helps you pay attention and not be distracted.  Know anybody who is chronically late?  Poor frontal lobes. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s only Rock n’ Roll But It Grows New Brain Cells

As Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones sang awhile ago:

 “Oh no, it’s only rock n’ roll and I like it. I like it. Yes I do!”

 I like it, too.  My personal special form of mental exercise or “brain aerobics” as it’s called, is writing and playing music.

 My interest in music and my musical career actually goes back to the 7th grade when my mother, a former semi-professional violinist, signed me up for band class and suggested I play the French horn. I liked the horn right away and although I had a brief foray into playing the trumpet, I stuck to the horn all through High School, playing in the band and concert orchestra. Beyond that, every summer I went to the University of Miami Summer Music Camp and, in fact, I was seriously considering music as a career. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise and Alzheimer’s Prevention

The second law of brain longevity reads, “What works for the heart works for the head.” That means that there are lifestyle measures which you can do to help your heart and memory as well.

At this moment in time, there is a lot of stress in our world and stress also affects negatively our general health, mind, mood, and memory. Stress can hurt your heart, causing high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes and, moreover, stress may also lead to memory loss.

Stress may cause a total disruption in your hormonal system, thus affecting your brain’s control center, the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and your adrenal glands. This leads to fatigue, immune system weakness, obesity, and diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »

Holistic Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Strategies You Can Start Today

For Alzheimer’s, prevention is the best medicine. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet to cure this dreaded disease.

That’s why a holistic Alzheimer’s disease prevention strategy involving mind, body, nutrition, and stress — one that prevents cognitive decline and actually enhances mental capacity — is an excellent option. Read the rest of this entry »

Aging Memory Loss – How to use Brain Aerobics to Build a Better Memory

Aging and memory loss – two things most of us think go hand-in-hand. But science tells us they do not. Memory loss is not a normal part of aging. In fact, actually there are ways to improve your memory as you age.

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Why Stem Cell Research May Be Irrelevant

Creating new brain cells was previously thought to be impossible in humans, but not any more. And you don’t need to have an injection of stem cells into your brain to do it, either.

As you may know, stem cells are your body’s basic building blocks, used for repair and growth. And when it comes to your brain, stem cells turn into new neurons or brain cells. These brainy stem cells then produce a chemical that protects other brain cells, even damaged ones, from deteriorating. Read the rest of this entry »