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Best 3 ways to de-clutter your mind!

Jan. 29, 2016|2072 views
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Keeping a sharp mind as you get older may depend on how well you take care of the rest of your body, to an extent not previously appreciated. We’ve known for some time that older folks who engage in regular physical activity are less likely to succumb to memory problems and cognitive decline.

Memories are largely consolidated for long-term storage in a brain structure called the hippocampus. This same structure is also the scene of some of the worst damage that occurs due to the memory-robbing disease, Alzheimer’s. Exercise evidently encourages the formation of new connections in the hippocampus, and even encourages the growth and development of new nerve cells. Together these events comprise neuroplasticity; a fancy term for the ability of the brain to continue learning and adapting to new information.

We also know that the converse is true: People who are sedentary as they age are more likely to develop early signs of cognitive decline. Now there’s evidence that obesity is also linked to declining function in the hippocampus and other important structures involved in memory and learning. In essence, obesity causes certain genes in the hippocampus to be switched on or off, with the result that memory-forming functions are curtailed.

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers showed recently that obesity is linked to these sorts of “epigenetic changes”. According to study author, J. David Sweatt, Ph.D., the new data, “provide the first evidence that high-fat-diet-induced obesity leads to the time-dependent development of aberrant epigenetic modifications within the hippocampus, as well as corresponding reduction in the expression of various memory-related genes.”

"We feel this is a very exciting finding that identifies a new linkage between diet, epigenetics and cognitive function, especially in light of the burgeoning obesity epidemic in the U.S. and elsewhere,” Sweatt added. This research shows a mechanism by which obesity affects the ability to form new memories. It dovetails with findings indicating the scope of the problem. For example, a 2005 study concluded that people ages 40-45 who were obese had a 74 percent increased risk of dementia 21 years later, and those who were overweight had a 35 percent greater risk. In short, obesity in middle age increases the risk of future dementia.

If that’s not enough to scare you slim, nothing will be. That is, provided you can remember that you read this warning against becoming obese.

Best ways to de-clutter your mind:

1) Walking is on of the best excerise for your for your brain

2) Spend time in nature

3) Quality time with friends and family

 Whitmer RA1, Gunderson EP, et al. Obesity in middle age and future risk of dementia: a 27 year longitudinal population based study. BMJ. 2005 Jun 11;330(7504):1360. Epub 2005 Apr 29.

 University of Alabama at Birmingham. "How obesity makes memory go bad." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 January 2016. .


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