How Not To Spend the Last Years Of Your Life In A Diaper On the Memory Ward
Updated: Nov 22, 2018
The current anti-aging movement is mostly about exterior appearance: botox, nips and tucks, tanning machines and hormone creams. But that's not anti-aging. What counts is how you feel and how well your systems are working on the inside. And if you are lucky enough to come across a teacher or guide who can lead you to tap into that timeless quality of centeredness, gratitude, acceptance and joy, a type of age-defying contentness and confidence will radiate from deep within. Call me old-fashioned, but somehow that seems more valuable than figuring out how to look like Barbie or Ken. Here's how to start with the easy things:
Avoid food toxins. Industrial seed oils (corn, soy, canola, etc), excess sugar, cereal grains and processed soy (basically all GMO wheat, corn, soy since it'll be drenched in glyphosate)
Ensure adequate micronutrient status. Especially those nutrients involved in oxygen delivery: B12, iron (although you also want to make sure you don't have too much iron, especially men) folate (B9)
Improve fatty acid balance (omega 6:omega 3 ratio). 60% of the brain is phospholipid, and DHA has been shown to enhance plasticity and brain function while reducing inflammation and neurodegenerative conditions.
How to test for this: Included in Genova's NutraEval above.
Fix the gut. There’s a saying in functional medicine, “Fire in the gut = fire in the brain”. Inflammation in the gut will cause activation of the microglial cells (immune cells) of the brain.
How to test for this: Industry standard is Cyrex Labs (Array 2) screen for intestinal permeability.
Stay mentally active. Neurons need constant stimulation or they will atrophy and die. This is why elderly people that stay active and mentally engaged in something age better than those that view retirement as an opportunity to watch golf on TV for 6 hours a day.
Tips for getting and staying community connected: Stay tuned
Increase blood flow to the brain. Exercise is one of the best ways to do this. Acupuncture and stress management are also important.
If exercise per se is not your thing, alternative activities to keep moving: Stay tuned
Sleep long-- 7, 8, 9 hours-- and well. Not getting enough sleep-- or good quality sleep- can sabotage brain health in just about every conceivable way.
Cool ways to monitor your sleep: Stay tuned