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Here's to Your (Brain's) Health

by: TMFC

The latest research shows that we can do alot to strengthen our minds, not just for now, but for the future as well. Anything we do today to get our brain in shape will benefit us not only tomorrow but for years to come.

The surest way to safeguard against alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss in general is to strengthen your mind. We have to be PROACTIVE, however, and not PASSIVE. Don't make the mistake of thinking, "I'll get around to reading more....", or "I'll start eating better in a few weeks..." - start right now! If there's one thing the experts all agree upon, it's that you're never too young to start strengthening your mind and you're never too old to stop benefiting from the efforts.

What follows is a list of "diet and exercise" recommendations for your mind's health. Odd that we put so much time, energy and effort into caring for our bodies and so little into our minds. If we keep this up, one day we'll all look fabulous but be unable to spell it! Doesn't our brain deserve at least as much attention as our bodies? If our brain isn't functioning properly in our later years, other important matters such as our heart, blood pressure, BMI, and cholesterol will lose some of their importance. Let's make it "Life Goal #1" to get our mind and body in great shape.

Keep your mind active. Learn something new! Choose an individual who interests you, such as Harriet Tubman or Abraham Lincon and learn about their life. When you know more about them than they knew about them, move on to your next "research". Or, consider learning a foreign language, a musical instrument, or html - there are many (free) tutorials online. Simply Google "HTML tutorial" and you'll have a wealth of information right at the end of your nose.

Working word puzzles, playing Scrabble, and listening to Classical Music are all said to benefit the mind as well. It's all about challenging and pushing yourself a little bit further each day.

Get that body moving! Do something physical for at least 30 minutes every day. You could either walk for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 in the evening, or for 10 minutes three times daily, if 30 at once seems too much. Yard work and housework also count toward activity, but you have to keep moving and do so at a pretty good pace. Personally, I'd recommend walking in addition to your regular activities. Just pick a safe place and make it a habit. Don't allow two days to pass in a row without walking, as good habits always break faster than bad ones. (Isn't that an unfair fact of life?!)

Feed your mind. Vow, today, to start eating more vegetables, nuts, salmon and fruits. Your heart will thank you as well as your mind. Also, start substituting at least one soda a day with fruit or vegetable juice. Watching what you eat is one of the secrets to a sound mind and healthy body.

Get a handle on your bad habits. Whether it's smoking or excessive drinking, take a good long hard look at what you're doing to yourself. Not only are these things harmful to one's physical health, they're murder on brain cells. Put down the bad habits and replace them with good ones. You'll reap more benfits and gain more strength than you can imagine.

Do you realize how incredibly healthy we'd all be if we lived by the rules outlined above? Diabetes, heart disease, alzheimer's, obesity...they'd all be on the run.

Okay, now the cards have been dealt. Your holding them in your hand. How are you going to play them?! (c)2008, The Mental Fitness Center.

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