DID YOU KNOW?
Western medicine has made a practice of telling us to abstain from things that are bad for us in extreme quantities, when in fact those same are very good for us when consumed wisely and in moderation. In the case of sunshine, our UV paranoia is contributing to a silent epidemic: Vitamin D deficiency. It’s silent because most people don’t know they are deficient. And it’s deadly, because this deficiency can lead to cancer and a multitude of other diseases. But we’ve been brainwashed into believing that even small amounts of sunshine will harm us.
Some of the most exciting scientific research of late is on the associative value of exercise and brain activity. We’ve known that there is a beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that it’s not just a relationship; it’s THE relationship.
The best evidence comes from several new studies of lab animals. Until recently, there was little research done to isolate the one particular thing that mattered most as it related to increasing the brainpower of mice.
DID YOU KNOW
Plasticity, is believed to underlie the brain’s capacity to control behavior, including learning and memory. Plasticity occurs when neurons are stimulated by events, or information, from the environment. However, sleep and sleep loss modify the expression of several genes and gene products that may be important for synaptic plasticity. Certain forms of long-term potentiation, a neural process associated with the laying down of learning and memory, can be elicited in sleep, suggesting synaptic connections are strengthened while you sleep.
If you’ve been keeping up at all with the latest studies and discoveries concerning exercise and the brain, you’re aware that there is a strong connection. Scientists know that the hippocampus inevitably begins to shrink as we age, leading to impaired memory and an increased risk of dementia.
In a recent study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, Rice University and Ohio State University recruited 120 sedentary older people without dementia.
In a recent study, four hundred scientists set out to discover simple easy to accomplish things that could make a profound difference in one’s personal wellbeing. These actions, they say, are so simple that everyone should aim to do them every day. As I considered the millions of books that have been written on promoting and improving one’s mental health and emotional health, I found this study very fascinating. Because what they discovered was not incredible deep hidden secrets of the universe, but rather very simple ordinary things, things that I think were more naturally evident in my life when I was a child.
Here now is the conclusion of the study… (click on sound bar to listen)