Did you hear about the elderly woman who was pulled over for speeding? She said to the young officer, “I had to hurry up before I forgot where I was going”
Memory lapses like these can produce some amusing situations. We can laugh knowing that “seniors moments” are often fairly harmless. However, mild memory problems can also have consequences that negatively affect our lives The Brain Health Guide is a tool to help keep your brain as sharp as possible so that any memory lapses that do occur are the laughable kind.
Here’s to good brain health!
The human brain is arguably the most fascinating part of the human body: in fact, it is the most fascinating part of being human. It is the center of our experience during our short years on this planet, and it is where you are you! Which path do I take? What should I do? We ask these questions, wishing only that we knew the way forward for ourselves and for our loved one’s facing the frightening realities of a brain that is no longer working as it should, no longer working as we wish it would.
It’s been said the human brain, comprised of 100 billion neurons, is our final frontier to discover, Exploration and learning are expanding at an accelerating pace. It is with hope that this guidebook can assist all who are seeking greater health, from head to toe, by distilling much of the information that has been recently learned, to help you a better you!
There is good news and bad news when it comes to brain health. The good news is that people are living longer than any other time in history. Major nutritional and medical advancements have been made to help keep the body physically healthy. The bad news is that we are seeing an unprecedented number of mild brain-health affecting our families and our friends.
When life spans were shorter, people simply were not living long enough to see the effects of natural brain aging that are common today. The problems with mild memory concerns in the United States are mainly due to the aging of our society. In the year 1900, the average life expectancy was 47 years. In the year 2012, life expectancy rose to nearly 80 years. While this increase reflects positive improvements in health care, it has lead to an increase in the wear and tear of our bodies, including our brains. Scientists estimate we lose 85,000 brain cells per day; that is one per second, more than 31 million brain cells every year! A recent study, by the National Marketing Institute, ranked healthy mental function as the number-one health concern among those over 60 years old. As we age, mild memory problems result in more difficulty in remembering. The health of the brain is arguably the most important part of overall health because the brain controls all organ systems in the body.
Caring for the brain requires an understanding of its needs. The brain is a demanding organ. Despite comprising just two percent of the average adult body weight, the brain requires 20 percent of the body’s energy and up to 25 percent of the heart’s blood flow. In each of the 100 billion neurons in the brain are energy factories known as the mitochondria; these neuronal mitochondria turn glucose into chemical energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate. Feeding your brain the right nutrients becomes more important as we age.
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