Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy the Herbalife Way!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

     Our brain, like the rest of our body, needs to be checked regularly. When I say check, it's like evaluating if one or all of the key components of mind health is present like strong memory, ability to think and reason, steady mood, and agreeable personality. With the recent events and the uncertainties happening, our mental health may not be in good shape. I presume that some of you have experienced signs of stress, anxiety attacks, and sleep disturbances because of our current situation. 

     It is very timely that Dr. Small, who is a member of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, talked about “Healthy Aging: Brain Fitness for Healthy Adults” at the most recent Virtual Wellness Tour hosted by Herbalife Nutrition Philippines. As part of the discussion, he shared his views on effective ways to improve memory and help maintain cognitive functions. He also provided relevant information on how balanced nutrition, sustained physical activity, and sound lifestyle practices will safeguard our ability to perform mental processes. Sharing the highlights of this online event below :)

Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy the Herbalife Way!

     Did you know that when we talk about the aging brain and memory, there is a steady decline in brain function (especially memory that begins at about age 30? The brain is made of nerves that send out branches called axons. Axons are like wires that conduct electricity and they are coated with a fat called myelin. Axon length shortens 10% per decade throughout adulthood. Prolonged immune response, declining cellular function and other factors contribute to brain aging.

     According to Dr. Gary Small, Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and Behavioral Health Physician in Chief for Hackensack Meridian Health, there are lifestyle habits that can protect the brain and it's important to look at potential non-genetic factors because genetics only account for only part of what contributes to brain health. Nutrition, physical and mental exercise, stress management, social engagement, and adequate sleep are some of the non-genetic factors. Reading, playing word games, or learning a new skill are just some of the ways you can keep your brain healthy as you age.

Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy the Herbalife Way!

     He linked the brain to the muscle, “which performs better when it gets regular exercise.” “Mental stimulation has been shown to activate neural circuits and is associated with lower Alzheimer’s risk Educational achievements, bilingualism, or doing puzzles have all been shown to lower the risk of dementia. Memory training can also improve memory recall and help you maintain higher cognitive performance for five or more years,” Dr. Small said.

The Role Exercise and Balanced Nutrition in Brain Health

     Apart from engaging in mentally stimulating activities, being active and healthy also helps with brain health. According to him, pairing exercise with a balanced diet supports both brain health and cardiovascular health. “A healthy brain diet consists of eating foods rich in Omega-3 fats like fish and nuts; antioxidant-dense fruits and vegetables like blueberries and artichokes; and avoiding processed food,” Dr. Small said.

Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy the Herbalife Way!

     He, however, reminded that nutrition and exercise alone don’t prevent the onset of disease or reverse the effects of aging.

More Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy

     Talking to your doctor about managing your wellness and the medicines you take is also important to in keeping your brain healthy. Likewise, creating a healthy environment by limiting your exposure to smoke, smog, mold, and other toxins as well as avoiding information overload, TV addiction, and clutter is also good for your brain health. Having a positive outlook, getting adequate sleep, and nurturing a strong community that you can rely on can also help in keeping your brain healthy as you age.

Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy the Herbalife Way!
Dr. Gary Small, Member, Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board

     Dr. Small is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and Behavioral Health Physician in Chief for Hackensack Meridian Health. He was a Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA where he also directed the university’s Longevity Center. He has studied and developed lifestyle and memory training programs for improving cognition and healthy aging, which have made available throughout the U.S. and abroad in senior centers, hospitals, and other community sites.

     He has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology.

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  1. thanks for sharing how we could our brain healthy as we age..

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