Heal Your Brain — Heal Your Body and Your
Liz Jelinek, PhD
The brain is the center of all things that take place in the body. A healthy brain is necessary for longevity, and for mental and physical health—everything starts with the brain. Until very recently, medical doctors were taught that as a person ages, so does the brain, and once the brain is damaged by trauma, poor diet, bad sleep habits, alcohol, drugs, or excessive stress, the brain cannot be regenerated. But, the latest research shows that this is no longer true—a damaged brain can be “fixed” by changes in lifestyle. New neuronal pathways that increase the brain’s capacity can be created in a variety of different ways that include meditation, exercise and a healthy diet. The major cause of a “sick” brain is severe head injuries, but the next culprit is Artificial Sweeteners of any kind! Early brain research shows that the use of artificial sweeteners cause the brain to shrink—and with it, the ability to think clearly, and to maintain a healthy body.
To function well and be healthy—free from anxiety, depression, and other physiological and psychological stress responses, leading to physical and mental disorders, everyone should be encouraged to look in the mirror each morning, and ask if you like what you see! “Am I getting enough sleep–at least 6 hours/night? Am I using artificial sweeteners—ever? Am I exercising enough—at least 15-30 minutes every other day? How is my diet—lots of protein, veggies and fruit?
One of the early brain researchers, Dr Daniel Amen, suggests that sex is great for brain health and cell growth! Psychologist Dr Ernest Rossi found that “Peak Experiences” grow new neuronal pathways—causing the brain to grow! So climb Mount Everest, ride the huge new roller coaster at Cedar Point and then share intimate moments with the person you love. By enjoying your life, you are creating a healthy brain Bad habits cause sick brains. To protect the brain, avoid fast food, diet drinks, too little sleep, too much work, drinking too much alcohol, or using drugs [legal or otherwise]. Just because the doctor wrote a script for Oxycodone or Vicodan following an accident or surgery, does not mean they won’t hurt the brain—so get off them as quickly as possible—and avoid illegal drugs as well!
In addition to “bad” lifestyle choices that keep the brain sick, head traumas of any kind do the most damage. The past cannot be changed, but Amen, who studied NFL football players, each of whom had suffered one or more serious brain injuries while playing professional football. The brains of these football players were in the stage of advanced deterioration. Undaunted, he created a regimen for these men that included exercise, a healthy diet, proper sleep habits, and the avoidance of any substances that would contribute to further brain function loss.
Amen scanned the brains of each player before beginning the research protocols. After the trials were finished and the players had followed Amen’s procedures, he scanned each player’s brain again. The enormous differences were staggering. Significant function was restored in the previously very sick and damaged brains—the players healed their brains!
Liz Jelinek, PhD
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