Health of the most complex organ in the human body
By Kim Salisbury
For most of us our satisfaction with our health and fitness usually originates from the numbers on the scale or the size of the jeans that we can or cannot fit into. We obsess over the image in the mirror and the tightness in the nether region of our pants that didn’t seem to be there the week before. We tirelessly run the amount of calories on our Fitbit and the number of steps we have logged. Yet, there are some serious facts that should draw our attention when it comes to healthy living. Like the rise of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, even Alzheimer’s. Or the importance of good health in relation to the number one organ, the brain. The brain is 2% of our body weight or 3lbs, but uses 25% of calories consumed. It is the busiest of organs in the body and its vitality is paramount.
We all know that the fat in our body is not our friend. Through research we are aware that being overweight effects our brain. As our weight increases the size and function of our brain decreases, damaging brain function and the ability to think and reason. Nine–time New York Times bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel Amen MD, is passionate about what our brains look like. Dr. Amen holds the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior. Take a look at some of his scans and you will understand the need of gentle care to the brain. Dr. Amen says, “The health of the brain is vital. As we age the brain gets less and less activity over time. From poor health habits it begins to develop holes and dents and shrivels like a raisin.” The good news is that the damage we do to our brains, do to our choices, can be reversed. But we need to develop healthy BRAIN ENVY!
How to Develop Brain Envy and Heal and Revitalize Your Most Important Organ:
1. Want to get well, get the food right~ healthy whole food nutrition, throw out refined sugar and processed everything.
2. Sleep~ 8 hours a night! Sleep Apnea is a huge contributor to an unhealthy brain
3. Exercise~ the stronger you are the less likely you are to get Alzheimer’s or other brain related sickness
4. Stay away from caffeine
5. Smoking~ really? Do we even need to bring this one up?
6. Turn off your devices~ give your brain a rest from over stimulation
7. Check your hormone levels with your doctor
8. Clean environment free of toxins
9. Stimulate your brain with new learning and knowledge
10. Omega 3’s
11. Green tea
12. Live a gratitude filled life
13. Manage your stress levels
Most of you know that I have embarked on another amazing 10 month certification on Psychotherapeutics of the Brain and Yoga, with Lifeworks Group, Dallas, TX. I am fascinated with this amazing organ and just beginning to learn its importance with our overall health. I hope to be effective in the treatment of PTSD, stress, anxiety and depression, trauma, disease and much more. I understand the absolute necessity to treat our complete body with the respect that it deserves by approaching it as the divine temple that take us through the adventures of this amazing life. Get BRAIN ENVY and heal the effects of unhealthy living on your brain.
“The peculiar fascination of the brain lies in the fact that there is probably no other object of scientific enquiry about which we know at once so much and yet understand so little.” ~Gerd Sommerhoff
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Kim is a passionate fitness junkie that is certified in Personal Training, Pilates & Yoga. She thrives on introducing you to your healthy, fit, joyful and amazing self through fitness, life and nutritional counseling.