Keeping Your Brain Young and Healthy…Did you know today is National Forget Me Not Day?
I love Forget Me Nots! They’re so cheerful with that gorgeous shade of blue. They like some yards better than others though, and unfortunately, mine is not one of the ones they love. My father-in-law’s back yard was covered with them! When they were in bloom, it was just a sea of blue, and I can tell you it was spectacular! He had very sandy soil, so maybe that’s the trick. I remember the view in the spring when they would come into bloom… and remembering is what I want to transition to…keeping your brain young and healthy and your memory intact!
It’s a challenge as we get older to keep our brains young. Some of us get lazy, spend too much time in front of the TV, don’t read, and get into a rut. There are a few things you can do to help keep your brain younger longer…that is, you can create new brain cells, which is called neurogenesis, and we’ll discuss three of them here.
First of all…get off the couch and get some exercise! That’s right! Exercise has been shown to be a significant way to generate new brain cells. This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon though. Take a walk, go for a jog, join a gym and just remind your muscles they’re there for starters. You’ll be less apt to hurt yourself and give up if you take it slowly, and trust me, this is a case of do as I say, not as I do!
Next, don’t stop learning! This is so very important. When you learn to do something new, it stimulates your brain. You can actually create new brain cells by learning a new language or taking up an instrument like guitar or piano, for instance. The process of learning stretches and exercises your brain, if you will…so, don’t give up on learning! It should be a lifelong pursuit.
Third on the list is to reduce inflammation. Inflammation has been shown to be probably the number one contributor to chronic disease and premature aging according to recent scientific studies. How do you reduce your inflammation you may ask? Well, the answer isn’t that difficult. You can go a long way toward reducing inflammation in your body if you just cut back or cut out sugar and processed foods.
I have a supplement to share with you that I’ve recently started taking. I learned about it while studying how to reduce and reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s called Centrophenoxine, and I’ve just reordered it for myself. Its benefit is that it flushes the toxins from our brain cells which accumulate as we get older. I’m all for flushing my brain cells, and I take it every morning!
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant