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Healthy Mind

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The brain and the mind are the source of all health and the master controller of aging. It's most basic function is to control movement of the body. Without it, we would quickly go down the path of disease and death. The brain is one of the first organs to suffer if our daily movement is impeded. If we don't protect the brain, we may lose our memory and the ability to think.

Keeping the brain and mind healthy involves:

  • Brain exercise (including physical exercise)

  • Stress reduction

  • Healthy nutrition (brain food)

Statics support the saying "What's good for the heart is good for the head". Healthy movement and exercise helps to support a healthy brain, stimulates nerve growth factor, and reduces stress. Chronic stress leads to anxiety, poor work performance, depressing, and feelings of helplessness and lack of meaning.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, delivering nutrients and oxygen and flushing out waste and necrotic debris. It can increase neurotransmitters, like norepinephrine and dopamine, boosts endorphins and decreases damaging cortisol. And you thought you were exercising to improve your body!

Stress reduction through relaxation helps the brain to manage stress before it gets out of control. It puts the brakes on our normal ways of thinking, slowing us down so that we actually begin to experience pauses in our thoughts, slowed heart rate and breathing patterns. Spend a few minutes a day in a relaxed, meditative state. Simply taking deep breaths or even prayer can help calm the mind.

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