When did health advice become such a NAG???
Everything you hear… everything you read… everything THEY tell you to do is always such a bummer.
Well, my friend, I’m here to say the key to good health isn’t in depriving yourself of life’s great joys.
In fact, most of the NAG stuff is flat-out wrong!
You CAN lose weight without starving yourself…
You CAN get fit without painful exercise…
And you certainly DON’T have to fear the onset of cognitive decline as an inevitable part of aging.
The latest research reveals how saving your brain could be a whole lot simpler than ANYONE believes.
Because this action is in many ways almost no action at all!
What your LEISURE TIME says about your COGNITIVE health
We can call it relaxation… leisure… fun… or just plain downtime.
Whatever you want to call it, it’s just as important as your “active” time, especially when it comes to brain health.
Now, to be clear, this form of leisure ISN’T vegging out in front of the TV with a bowl of chips in one hand and the remote in the other.
It’s mentally active stuff – like reading a book, playing a game, chatting with friends. Or, in non-pandemic times, going out with the gang for dinner and movie, taking classes or joining a club… and all the interactions and conversations you have along the way.
Higher levels of these activities at and beyond the age of 66 cuts the risk of dementia by about 18 percent over 8 years, although the benefit decreases a little over longer periods of time.
Don’t rush out and join a club, sign up for classes or pick up a new book just yet.
There’s a catch.
Isn’t there always?
It’s CLEAR these things are helpful when it comes to brainpower and cognition, and they’re certainly important when it comes to overall quality of life.
But there’s a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg argument going on here, too.
On the one hand, it could be that these activities give your brain enough of a mental “workout” to keep healthy.
Or it could be the other way around: People in the earliest stages of decline… before it’s even diagnosed… may begin to withdraw from those activities.
There’s a pretty big debate going on over that.
I tend to believe it could be a bit of both.
You can protect yourself in either scenario with two easy steps:
- Engage and challenge yourself: Whether it’s chatting with friends, reading a book, or doing some puzzles, give your brain a “leisure” workout each day.
- Watch your habits: If you find yourself losing interest in things… if puzzles and clubs and conversations feel like work rather than fun… it COULD be a warning sign.
If you recognize it EARLY, that gives you the most important weapon of all in the battle against dementia: TIME.
There’s no single solution for cognitive struggles because there’s no single cause. If you’re healthy, keep it that way with a brain-friendly diet with minimal sugars and gluten and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
If you’re starting to struggle, work with a physician who can test for, diagnose and TREAT the possible causes, especially the three MAIN triggers: toxins (heavy metals in particular)… hidden infection… and leaky gut syndrome.
These simple tests – readily available to ANY doctor, by the way, not just integrative physicians – could make all the difference in the world.