If Your Brain Could Talk…
You’re probably thinking that I’m a bit crazy because you talk all the time and it’s your brain that allows you to do so.
But that’s not what I’m referring to. When you become ill or get hurt, your body tells you there’s a problem. You start sneezing and coughing and you have pain in the area that’s infected. Your body tells you that there’s a problem; and if you’re smart, you get more rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take any recommended medicine. You listen to your body because you want to recover quickly and get back to your normal self again.
Do you behave the same way with your brain? Do you listen to it when you’re depressed, anxious, or confused? Do you think about its health when you use toxic chemicals or ingest unhealthy food or alcohol?
I just finished a book, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, by Daniel G. Amen, M.D, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist and brain imaging expert who has spent years helping people manage their brain health. What I found interesting is that his findings are not just for people who’ve had brain injuries. They’re for people with ADHD, PTSD, depression, and other emotional issues. In addition, they’re for people who want to maintain the health of their brain, to work towards avoiding Alzheimer’s and dementia, and to live a long and healthy life.
What he’s discovered is that so many of the choices we make on a daily basis affect the health of our brains negatively. These include:
- Being overweight
- Eating high-fat, sugary foods
- Using toxic cleaning supplies, makeup, etc.
- Getting less than 6 to 8 hours of sleep
- Experiencing chronic stress
- Smoking or secondhand smoke
- Drinking soda products
My mother died of Alzheimer’s disease. It was an extremely painful experience to watch my mother slowly fade away from the inside out…until she didn’t even recognize me anymore. I don’t want that to happen to me, to my family, and to anyone else who may be reading this article. I’ve discovered that there are many positive and easy changes you can make that can help ensure that your brain and your body live a long and happy life. The question is, “Will you actually listen to it and take care of it the way you should?”
For more information on Dr. Amen and to assess your own brain health online, go to www.mybrainfitlife.com. For brain healthy recipes, go to www.tanaamen.com/recipes/. For recipes on how to make non-toxic cleaning supplies, go to www.gocreateyou.com/go-clean.