Brain Health | The Mind Matters

Have you ever taken the time to consider the importance of brain health?  It has been clinically proven that smoking is damaging to the heart and lungs and that the excessive drinking of alcohol is ruthless to the liver.  Why is brain health so important to both the youthful and elderly alike? The brain happens to be the most important and essential part of the human anatomy.  The brain speaks to all parts of the body, directing each part how to function properly.  The brain works Brain Health The Mind Mattersin a system with the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, but the brain is the chief commander of the body system.

The brain has risk of disease/injury just as the other parts of the body.  The most common dangers to the brain in the elderly are: malnutrition, stroke (due to high blood pressure), poor circulation, and the main risk, being Alzheimer’s.

* Malnutrition is the result of a destabilized diet.  Nutrition is an adequate balance of protein and calories.  When one is malnourished, either there is lavishness of vital nutrients or a less than satisfactory amount.

* A stroke (brain attack) when one or multiple blood clots breaks down, disturbing the blood flow to the brain.  This lack of adequate blood supply causes brain cells to die and leads to brain damage.  When brain cells die, the abilities controlled by the brain are lessened or completely absent all together.

* Poor circulation (Cerebral circulation) involves having a cell metabolism (the sum of chemical reaction which occur in brain cells) dependent on the instantaneous accessibility of oxygen.

* Alzheimer’s is a brain disease marked by the loss of perceptive ability over a period of ten to fifteen years, and it is linked with the arise of abnormal tissues and proteins deposits in the cerebral cortex.

How to implement brain health

1. Visit your physician often to have overall body physicals and follow his/hers medical advice.  The job of a physician is to work (aid with health) with you and your individual needs to cater to your health.  No two persons have identical health needs.  Those that care for the elderly often have the job of transporting their patients to and from physician’s offices.  At times, the health of a patient is administered by licensed personnel at the home of the patient.  It is very important to keep a written record of the time and day of appointments, as well as any test results that may have been ordered by the physician.  Physicians explain to us how to care for our medical needs, and it is up to us individually or to those you may give care to,  to follow through with the suggestions of the physician.

2. Exercise on a regular basis.  An exercise regimen consists of routine exercises that the patient’s body is able to perform at set times of the day and for set amounts.  Exercising, mainly walking or jogging, aids the blood veins in circulation blood (lifeline) to our body parts in order to function properly.  With every heartbeat, 25% of the body’s blood travels to the brain.  Exercising stimulates the heart by raising the beats per minute, sending the correct amount of blood to the brain.

3. Smoking is detrimental to the function of the body.  Smoking add to the carbon monoxide levels in the body, which after long term use, lessens blood flow to the brain, depriving it of oxygen.  Without oxygen, the brain basically starves.  Oxygen travels in the blood throughout the body.  Encourage the elderly that you give care to, to stop smoking.

4. It is important to the brain that we socialize with others and participate in group activities.  Laughing and interacting with other keep the brain from becoming dormant.  When we interact with others, we learn from them and new information basically “jumpstarts” the brain, keeping it lively.  The old saying, “use it or lose it” holds true.

5. Challenge yourself.  Repetitive behavior produces activity in the brain, but it does not accelerate brain activity.  Encourage the elderly that you care for to try something different, whether it be reading a book or taking a walk in an area of different scenery that they are used to.

Studies have shown that eating healthy, exercising, interacting, staying engaged, and proper physical checkups with a physician help to prevent Alzheimer’s.  Brain health is crucial to the overall function of the body.  Help those that you care for to choose to keep their brain and body healthy.  An unhealthy brain is and unhealthy body.

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