Anti-Aging Wisdom by Sharon Floyd

by Jessica on February 20, 2013

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Did You Know?
It is not normal for the human brain to deteriorate with age.

Good News
The brain is part of the body and, therefore, is nourished by the foods that you eat. Not only is it possible to have a flexible and strong body in your later years, it is also possible for your mind to remain as sharp as a tack! Eating healthily and learning to manage stress effectively is top priority. Need a jumpstart into a healthy lifestyle? Balance is hosting a Healthy Eating Challenge kicking off this Sunday, February 24th.

Remember! Forgetfulness does not equal memory loss.
It seems increasingly common for us to panic when we have moments of forgetfulness in our older years, but signs of dementia are different from mild forgetfulness. Noticing dementia can be startling with its signs that often begin with spatial memory loss. For example, an adult with onset Alzheimer’s will have difficulty grocery shopping and be confused simply by the layout of the store. In contrast, being 50 or 60 years old and temporarily losing your car keys is perfectly normal, especially if that’s something you’ve always done.

Use it or lose it.
We all know that this adage applies to muscles and the brain is no exception. Challenging yourself with brain-flexing exercises and focusing your awareness on one task at a time enhances memory and creativity well into late adulthood. This is why it’s so important to never stop learning!

Breathe deeply.
The brain uses 20% of the oxygen that you take in–which is why breathing exercises (like pranayama, or “yogic breathing”) nourish and calm the mind, allowing it to function properly for the rest of your days.

Your brain doesn’t live in isolation from the rest of your body, so learning how to eat properly, de-stress, and make your overall health top priority is essential to keeping it healthy for life–from beginning to end.

Sharon delivers fresh, soulful content in her classes at Balance and on her site devoted to healthy living, SharonFloyd.com

Want to learn more about the Ayurvedic approach to aging? Visit SharonFloyd.com for more information and to schedule a consultation with Sharon.

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