HOUNDLOVER1 posted a blog today with this link to an article by Chris Kresser on aging well, and it's such an important article that I'm spreading the word too.
The message? We've only got one brain; we have the maximum number of brain cells at birth; but "senior's moments and "brain fog" and cognitive decline are not inevitable if we take care of our brains.
In other words, we can use our brains to make our life work. As long as possible. And as optimally as possible.
Few of us would choose to spend the last 10 years of our lives in a diaper in a wheelchair. But, to a degree at least, we do have that choice.
And here are the early warning signals that we are making the diapers and wheelchair choice:
1, Quick fatigue from "brain activity";
How to reverse the trend? In time? In a nutshell?
1. Staying mentally active. That's why conventional retirement doesn't appeal to me much most days. Engaging in some kind of a workplace, paid or voluntary, also helps stave off the social isolation which contributes to depression. Although employment is not the only way of staying mentally active, it might be one of the best ones.
2. Avoiding food toxins. We know what they are: sugar, transfats. And what we need: micronutrients, good fatty acids. And I've gotta remind myself of this and continue to ignore the siren call of the potato chip!
3. Increasing blood flow to the brain. Yup, exercise.
Sure, the article has more. Those are just the highlights.
And sure , the good choices required if we're going to use our brains to make our lives work cost some time and probably some money. Gym memberships and fresh raspberries aren't cheap. On the other hand, most employment does generate some money . . .
And: continuing to think, eating right, and exercising are more effective than many superficial "treatments" we may already spend money on to extend the delusion of youthfulness.
Hair dye. Botox. Face lifts.
Funny, isn't it, that these common cosmetic strategies all focus on the external appearance of the head? Instead of what's inside it?
The brain. Where neurodegeneration will escalate, unabated. If we don't use our brains to make our lives work.
A sobering reminder which is getting me up off my rear end and heading to the gym. Now!!