Monday, April 2, 2012
Brain Maintenance 101
I’ve recently read a good article by Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains fame about the importance of starting brain maintenance earlier rather than later.
Mr. Fernandez goes on to state that “In my view, not enough young and middle-aged people are benefiting from this emerging research, since it has been perceived as something ‘for seniors.’ Granted, there are still many unknowns in the world of brain fitness and cognitive training, we need more research, better assessments and tools. But, this does not mean we cannot start caring for our brains today.
OK, so what how best care for our brains?
His list is pretty straight-forward: “Focus on four pillars of brain health: physical exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and brain exercise. Stress management is important since stress has been shown to actually kill neurons and reduce the rate of creation of new ones. Brain exercises range from low tech (i.e. meditation, mastering new complex skills, lifelong learning and engagement) to high-tech (i.e. using the growing number of brain fitness software programs).”
Here’s a link to the full article: http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/01/11/it-is-not-only-cars-that-deserve-good-maintenance-brain-care-101/