Anti-Aging Wisdom by Sharon Floyd

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? Just follow Medicare Advantage Plans and a Healthy Eating Challenge kicking off this Sunday, February 24th. Healthy body, healthy brain? Well, apparently so. Studies have shown a direct correlation between keeping your body healthy and the health of your brain. And, while a healthy brain may not necessarily prolong life, it’s certain that keeping your brain healthy ensures a better quality of life. If brain health is important to you, here are some tips to help you keep your brain in tip top condition. Many people lose brain function after retirement because they fail to engage their brains on a regular basis. Puzzles, quizzes and regular reading are all good ways to ensure brain fitness. Even listening to music can stimulate brain activity. And, don’t despair if you believe that your brain function has already slipped. Some brain function can actually be regained by regular exercise of A Mind For All Seasons – what is cognitive support. A regular social life is another great way to keep the brain stimulated and healthy. Conversation, debate and even telling jokes are all good for your brain. These activities will improve your overall mood, too, making you less likely to feel depressed. As we age, we are often put in the position of relinquishing control of certain life aspects to others. And, while this may be necessary in certain instances, the more control you can maintain over your own life and your life choices, the healthier you’ll be in both mind and body. Continue to challenge yourself to do as much as possible, even as you age. Aging and brain fitness can go hand in hand. It is true that people are affected and influenced by the kind of people they stay or mingle with. You must see that the people you are mixing with have a sound mental condition. For instance, depression is a contagious disease, and if the people around you are depressed then it is likely that you will get depressed too. To optimize brain power, the brain must be healthy. Your brain is the hardware of your whole being: it plays a pivotal role in your personality, feelings, and behavior. As the seat of your perceptions and experiences, your brain directly and indirectly affects your self-healing process. A healthy brain makes a healthy body for recuperation and regeneration. Brain health is fundamental to natural healing, which begins with the mind first, not the body. Some of the strongest evidence linking brain health to heart health is that your heart pumps about 20 percent of your blood to your brain, where billions of brain cells are nourished by oxygen and nutrients from your blood. Consequently, if your heart is not pumping well, or if your brain’s blood vessels are clogged or damaged, your brain cells may have trouble getting all the nutrients and oxygen they need. In addition, your breathing also affects your brain health because it supplies oxygen to your heart as well as to your brain cells. Therefore, any condition that damages your heart or blood vessels can adversely affect your brain’s blood supply, and hence nutrients to your brain. A healthy heart contributes to a healthy brain. As a matter of fact, a long-term study of 1,500 adults found that those who were obese in middle age were twice as likely to develop dementia in later life, and those who also had high cholesterol and high blood pressure had six times the risk for dementia.

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. Medical Sраѕ are ѕuрроѕеd tо have a Phуѕісіаn рrеѕеnt to provide mеdісаl-grаdе рrоduсtѕ and procedures. Unfоrtunаtеlу, thе Doctor іѕ оftеn nоwhеrе tо bе fоund. All too оftеn, a Dосtоr whоѕе рrіmаrу аrеа of іntеrеѕt and income mау bе ѕоmеthіng other than Mеdісаl Aеѕthеtісѕ ѕіgnѕ a соntrасt tо bе thе “Mеdісаl Dіrесtоr” оf a Mеdісаl Sра. You can go to this web-site for more information about Lasting Impression Medical Aesthetics in Fair Lawn.

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

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