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Critical to Keep Your Brain Healthy

The human brain is the world’s most advanced computer and controls every organ, every gland, literally every cell in the body.  The brain also intercommunicates every cell with all the other cells, thus maintaining a very complex system in perfect balance and good health.

So, what can we do to keep the brain itself healthy?  In addition to good nutrition and adequate sleep, according to research, exercise is the most important component.

An article in the most recent AARP Bulletin, September 2013, “Get Moving for a Healthy Brain”, covered this topic quite well.  I will summarize some of the more important points.

“Rarely do neuroscientists, psychologists and physicians agree unequivocally on anything.  But they agree on this: Exercise is the best thing you can do for your brain”

The latest research shows that regular aerobic exercise significantly reduces the level of brain loss from aging and keeps cognitive abilities strong as we age, according to the University of Washington School of Medicine.  “It also slashes your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s in half and your risk of general dementia by 60 percent.”

The optimum level of exercise is 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week.  Walking is the best, and it doesn’t have to be overly strenuous.  Unfortunately, though stretching and toning exercises are very important, they show no beneficial effect on the brain at all.  The exercise needs to be aerobic.

To read the entire article, please click on this link.

http://pubs.aarp.org/aarpbulletin/201309_DC?folio=12#pg12

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