Brain health and function is important at every stage of life. Conventional medicine and wisdom have said that as we age, the brain shrinks, our processing speed slows, multitasking abilities suffer, and memory goes. Who hasn’t heard the adage “memory is the first thing to go!”?
Even at our most youthful, the brain can benefit from extra care. Whether the brain is subjected to poor nutrition, not enough sleep, lack of oxygen, neurological insufficiencies, traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, or general aging, there are steps that can be taken to have a better brain.
Harvard Medical School suggests 12 ways to keep your brain young:
- Get mental stimulation (read, take classes, do logic puzzles and math problems, learn something new)
- Get physical exercise (exercise lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, helps blood sugar balance and reduces mental stress, all of which can help your brain as well as your heart)
- Improve your diet (people that eat a Mediterranean style diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils (olive oil) and plant sources of proteins are less likely to develop cognitive impairment and dementia.)
- Improve your blood pressure (High blood pressure in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age)
- Improve your blood sugar (Diabetes is an important risk factor for dementia)
- Improve your cholesterol (High levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol are associated with an increased the risk of dementia)
- Consider low-dose aspirin (observational studies suggest that low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk of dementia, especially vascular dementia)
- Avoid tobacco (nicotine increases brain shrinkage and increases risk of dementia)
- Don’t abuse alcohol (excessive drinking is a major risk factor for brain atrophy and dementia)
- Care for your emotions (People who are anxious, depressed, sleep-deprived, or exhausted tend to score poorly on cognitive function tests.)
- Protect your head (Moderate to severe head injuries, even without diagnosed concussions, increase the risk of cognitive impairment.)
- Build social networks (Strong social ties have been associated with a lower risk of dementia, as well as lower blood pressure and longer life expectancy)
At The Avenu Wellness Center we offer a variety of ways that compliment Harvard’s suggestions to help build a better brain. We utilize Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy which aids in helping memory, general cognitive function, improves circulation, helps anxiety and depression, and can help improve the brain even years after concussion/stroke/TBI.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) has been shown to help improve sleep, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. It is also effective in reducing inflammation and stress, as well as encouraging cell rejuvenation.
The RF INNER Cleanse can contribute to a healthier brain/body overall. By increasing core body temperature 1 degree, immunity is boosted by 5-6 times. Radio Frequency (RF) and heat entering the body through the feet increases circulation, detoxifies, and with consistent use has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The Victory Protocol uses audiovisual entrainment (AVE), cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), and binaural beats to help retrain the brain to help control anxiety/stress, fear, insomnia, memory enhancement, general cognition, neurological problems (stroke, concussion, TBI, dementia), and addictions (sugar, alcohol, drugs).
Call The Avenu Wellness Center at (614) 319-3354 or schedule a free assessment online to get started on a better brain…at any age!