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 »

Love May Start in the Brain

It seems that there is always research being done on the brain, helping us to learn more about the brain and brain longevity. 

In New York, some unusual research was done by Bianca Acevedo, a New York neuroscientist.  Her research concluded that love is in the head and not the heart!

Acevedo is part of a new field in science that seeks to biologically explain love, and so far they have found that love is mostly understood through hormones, genetics, and brain images, according to a report from the Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

FACEBOOK-A NEW “WAVE” TO KEEPING YOUR BRAIN YOUNG

Seniors might stave off memory loss by frequenting Facebook, a new study suggests.

Who would have thought that 40 years after the first email was successfully sent that we would be creating virtual spaces to connect with our friends, family and community via “the net!”  Not only has it become a modern phenomenon but it is a way of life.  I’m talking about Facebook.  Yes, the noun, the verb and the adverb– Facebook. 

Something that started as a way to rate chicks on college campuses in the early 2000s has essentially become THE hub to reconnect, invite, like, friend and chat with folks from all over the world.  And it doesn’t just stop there – social media tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Skype have also joined the ranks. Read the rest of this entry »

Master Stress in Only 12 Minutes a Day

As I write this article, the stock market has been going up but the economy is still slow to recover and we still have two wars going on and a time of stress, anxiety, and tension in our world.

This is scientifically proven to be taking a big toll on our health, especially among women who seem to bearing the brunt of it.

Yes, it’s true: Money and the economy continue to top the list of stressors for all Americans. Finances now overshadow the more usual daily stressors of work and relationships, with others worrying about providing for their family’s basic needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »