Your Healthy-Mind, Ten Ways to Protect It 

Your healthy-mind is the powerful conductor of your orchestra. The body follows its lead and tempo. A miscue by your brain (conductor) will have negative results on the quality of your life and retirement. Your brain monitors and regulates the body's actions and reactions including the autonomic processes such as breathing and heart rate that are independent of conscious brain functions.

Your healthy-mind is your persona, the essence of you. It is who you are.

The brain provides for thinking, learning, and memory and the body's balance, posture, and the coordination of movement. And, I believe, the brain and the heart is the center of spirituality and love. Your brain is essential for both life and quality of life.

Did you know that:

  • The average brain loses about 50 percent of its 15 billion brain cells between the ages of twenty and ninety-five?
  • The brain like muscle, shrinks as we age?
  • Mental ability declines by an average of 20 percent between the ages forty and seventy?
  • Almost 360,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease are reported each year in the United States?

It was once thought that the brain had a finite number of brain cells that could not be replaced or repaired when they deteriorated. New research has shown that the brain can regenerate vital new cells through neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is a non-specific neuroscience term referring to the ability of the healthy-mind and nervous system to change structurally and functionally as a result of input from the environment. Neural networks in the brain have the capacity to change their connections and behavior in response to damage, or dysfunction. Our brain is incredibly adaptive even into old age.

The brain has about one fourth of all the cholesterol in our body.  High cholesterol is important to the maintenance of neural communication and other brain functions.

Your healthy-mind is protected by the thick bones of the skull. It is isolated from the bloodstream by the blood-brain barrier but is susceptible to many types of damage and disease. Blunt trauma or closed head injuries are among the most common forms of physical damage to the brain. Stroke resulting from high blood pressure is also a threat to the health of our brain as are a variety of excitotoxins.

Infection of the brain, though serious, is rare due to the biological barriers which protect it. The human brain is susceptible to degenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

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Ten ways to Protect our healthy-mind from the negative effects of aging:

  1. Manage the stress in your life. Stress increases the death rate of specific brain cells, especially those concerned with memory and orientation. Stress management techniques including meditation are very effective in helping to protect our brain and emotional health.
  2. Avoid anxiety as anxiety contributes to stress, which can have a negative impact on both brain and heart health.
  3. Avoid exposure to or the intake of toxic substances. Avoid toxic food additives such as aspartame and MSG. Be a label reader. If you don't understand the label don't buy, apply or eat the product.
  4. The food we eat has a huge impact on aging and the health of our brain. Avoid processed foods and foods containing preservatives and nitrates. The brain, like the heart, never rests. It needs a constant supply of sufficient nutrients, especially vitamins and mineralsIndividuals do not need to remain tired, stressed, plagued with financial woes and worries about the future. There is a better way to live and Wakaya Perfection’s unique business system can be the catalyst to change your life!. B vitamins are essential for a healthy mind but are most effective taken as a complex. Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any nutritional supplementation program. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.
  5. Retirement travel is a great way to build a network of friends to increase socialization and enhance mental health.
  6. Fill your brain with positive uplifting thoughts. Meditation on scripture or other good things is an excellent method to keep your focus upbeat.
  7. Lack of use in muscles leads to muscle loss, the same is true with the brain. Exercise your brain with activities like crossword puzzles, reading books, a new challenging career and lifelong learning. Try something entirely new like learning a new language or develop a stimulating hobby.
  8. Stay physically fit because senior fitness resulting from a good sustained exercise program will improve the quality of your life by helping to manage blood pressure and help to keep your brain healthy.
  9. Become a volunteer and/or join a service club to keep your mind and body active and stimulated. Service to others is the core value of Christianity.
  10. Read and study books and periodicals on general and brain health issues. My recommendation is to start with the references and suggested reading listed below.

Disclaimer and goal

References and suggested reading:

  • "neuroplasticity." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011.
  • Human brain-Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Russell L Blaylock, M.D., Health and Nutrition Secrets that can save your life, Health Press.
  • William Sears, M.D., Prime Time Health, Little, Brown & Company.
  • Retirement resources.

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Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. Deut. 34:7

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