Weekly Gems from Ronda Gates.
Have you ever walked into a room and wondered why you are there? Have you ever faced someone you've known for years and couldn't remember his/her name? How many times have you forgotten where you parked your car?
These scenarios happen to almost everyone. It doesn't mean you are developing Alzheimer's or some other memory-robbing disease. Chances are your brain is having a lazy spell.
Researchers use PET (Positron Emission Tomorgraphy) scans to study the differences between the metabolism of younger and older brains. Although there were variations more often in older people studied, some men in their eighties had exactly the same brain metabolism as much younger men, while some younger men showed the changes usually observed in older brains.
You have probably heard that we use only a fraction of our brain's capacity. That is hard to believe when we're standing in the middle of the mall garage looking to the left and right with no clue of which way to go.
The good news is that just as you can change your exercise and diet habits to get your body in shape you can also do much to restore and maintain your mental fitness and memory. After you've had your thorough medical checkup, visit your pharmacy with a list of all the medications you take. It's surprising how many over the counter medications and prescription drugs can affect cognition. Common offenders include drugs to treat high blood pressure, ulcers, colds, allergies, insomnia and allergies. Beyond that, here are my five favorite strategies to build brain cells:
Summing it up, your brain is like your muscles. Use it or lose it!
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