Brain Health

Brain Facts:

1. The brain has 100 billion nerve cells.

2. There are more connections in your brain than there are stars in the universe.

3. Information travels at over 260 mph in your brain. That speed drastically reduces when the brain has been impaired or injured.

4. The brain is 2%  of the body’s weight, yet uses 20-30% of your total calories.

5. We lose an average of 8200 cells /day. These cells never regenerate.

6. A healthy brain stimulates innovation and creativity while a damaged brain decelerates innovation and creativity, while accelerating aging.

What Hurts The Brain?

1. Brain injury ( traumatic brain injury, concussions, collisional sports).

2. Drugs and alcohol.

3. Obesity ( as weight goes up, function and size go down). A smaller brain is a less functional brain. SIZE MATTERS!!

4. High blood pressure.

5. Diabetes.

6. Standard American diet – processed carbohydrates, GMO’s, refined sugars, trans fats, hormone and anti-biotic laden foods.

7. Environmental toxins – pollutants, chemicals, allergens and pesticides.

8. Lack of exercise – reduces blood flow and oxygen to brain.

9. ANTS ( automatic negative thoughts) – negative thinking effects brain chemistry and neurological function. They are the seeds of depression and anxiety disorders.

Enhances Brain Function:

1. Positive social connections – surrounding yourself with positive people helps to build and enhance healthy habits. Social isolation yields a a sense of disconnection and reduces longevity.

2. New learning – creates new connections and pathways in the brain. When you stop learning the brain disconnects. Pick up a new language, hobby, sport or a new  creative challenge.

3. Healthy diet – food is real medicine or poison. A diet rich in omega 3’s has been touted as a way to enhance and maintain brain health, delaying cognitive aging and dementia.

4. Sleep – need a minimum of 7 hours each night. Less than 7 hours, research suggests that there is a reduced level of blood flow to the brain. Quality of sleep also matters and is impacted by: your nutrition, regularity of exercise, stress and anxiety levels, self-esteem, social connections, intake of alcohol, caffeine, drugs ( prescription or recreational).

5. Exercise – make it regular, challenging, and vary the type and intensity of aerobic and strength training.

6. Mindfulness – yoga, Qigong and  meditation ( activates the frontal part of the brain).

7. Gratitude – best anti-depressant, creating a positive mind set activates brain- boosting chemicals.

8. The best way to prevent Alzheimer’s is to reduce the incidence or onset of heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes. If the body starts to break down the brain will soon follow.  AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A TON OF CURE!!

Healthy Brain:

– Happier,  Healthier, Wealthier, Wiser,  More Creative and  More Innovative.

Unhealthy Brain:

– Sadder, Sicker, Poorer, Not As Smart, Rigid and  Inflexible