The Fabulous Five to Keep Your Brain Young!
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Written By South Centre Chiropractic Clinic & Summerside Chiropractic on December 19, 2016
Combining research articles from the American Journal of Neuroradiology, British Medical Journal and the Journal of Alzeimers Disease I have come up with the five best ways to preserve memory and cognition.
#1. Mediterranean diet (see below)
#2. Get rid of chronic pain. Even if it's just a little nagging pain it is harmful to your brain. Any loss of function whether it causes conscious pain or unconscious pain that is below your level of perception causes a loss of positive input to a part of your brain called the Vermis. The Vermis is like the rechargeable batteries in your brain and they get recharged from perceiving movement even if the movement perceived is not conscious (such as most spinal movement). Most movement perception is from the spine and is unconscious so you can't feel it like you can feel if your leg is up or down. That's why it's so important to have the function checked by a chiropractor regularly. Also, poor function has an energy draining effect on the Vermis. Optimize function to keep your battery charged!
#3. Keep Active. Goes hand in hand with #2. Perceiving movement gives the Vermis a burst of positive input. There is also a flood of positive hormones and blood flow. Four days per week is the minimum, thirty minutes each time at a level that makes it possible - but difficult to carry a conversation.
#4. Learn something new! Be that gal who plays the guitar by the fire or take up the piano. Learning a new language is another way to flex your brain. Puzzles, cards, chess are other ways to stimulate your brain to stay young.
#5. Be social. It's more difficult when you retire because one loses the workplace interaction. There are great books on retiring well if retiring is a priority for you. If you can, do some part time work instead that involves positive interaction. Volunteering is great way to do this, helping other people will help you too!
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