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Often we think of brain fitness tips as being activities like memory games, brain teasers and logic puzzles. All those things do work our brain muscle, but other aspects of our health also affect the efficiency and strength of our brain.
Soccer is the world's most popular sport and for good reason: lots of action, passionate players, and fancy footwork. Great soccer moves also include heading the ball, which new research is showing can be dangerous. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have looked at repetitive heading of a soccer ball and observed similar effects as concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries.
Many people believe your brain is either hard-wired to do math, or it isn’t and you have to live with it. This just isn’t true. With all that we now know in the field of neuroplasticity, it is clear that our brain can change and nothing is hard-wired in. With proper experiences and training, the way our brain works can be altered.
First, let’s be clear: these are explanations, not excuses. No one’s condoning your son’s tendency to drive 20 miles over the speed limit or your daughter’s ability to shapeshift from angel to imp in 10 seconds flat. But if nothing else, understanding the physical developments (or lack thereof) behind that “thick skull of theirs” may help you realize that your teen’s crazy behavior isn’t necessarily due to bad parenting.
So often in life as well as in science, things would just be easier if they were this or that, black or white, nature or nurture. But like life things just aren't so simple. Right up on the top of the list of non-simple things is our brain. With about 100 billion neurons, that each have between 1 and 1,000 connections to other neurons, our brain is extremely complex.
We are all familiar with IRA's and other retirement accounts and their purpose: to keep our financial livelihood stable as we age. Financial planners always recommend for us to save a little for our future and always have a emergency reserve account, just in case something catastrophic were to happen.
In some ways, your brain is fragile – prone to damage by even a slight bump against your skull or an untreated infection.
Have you ever had a child come down with a sudden "stomach ache" on the day of a big math test? Although we often brush off these events as mere excuses, a new study has shown that anxiety brought about by math can actually trigger physical pain.
Consider this: the Alzheimer’s Association cites that about 14 million (approximately 18%) of the 79 million American baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s (or some form of dementia) in their lifetime. And if no cure is found, the U.S. will be faced with nearly a million new cases a year by the middle of the century.
Kids don’t need sports psychologists, personal athletic trainers or controversial Speedos to get a confidence boost and mental edge similar to that of an Olympic athlete. High-quality mental training comes from a lot of different places – you just need to know where to look.
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability of children in this country. Surprised? If so, it may be because the old stereotype of a dyslexic is still pervasive – a struggling child, usually a boy, who can’t read because he mixes up similar letters like d’s and b’s.
Media coverage of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has increased dramatically over the last several years as news of war veterans to football players with this diagnosis are speaking up about the struggles and medical needs to treat their symptoms. LearningRx brain training can help anyone get smarter, at any age, by building up weak cognitive skills, and this definitely includes those with TBI. A drastic drop in cognitive ability is a common result of brain injuries. By building those mental skills back up, many people with brain injuries can regain much of their pre-injury abilities.
We get our eyes checked, our hearts checked, our teeth checked, but what about our brain? Just like the rest of our body, our brain should get a check-up to monitor how well it is processing, remembering, and using information.
As I move into middle age and look at my parents who are now considered elderly (not in their minds of course!), I am always looking at ways to improve how my brain functions as I get older.
Do you want more energy? Lose weight faster? Clear skin? There is a common answer to so many health related problems—sleep! Our body and brain need sleep to rest and renew to keep us healthy. And it seems that everywhere you turn, you find another health article that lists “getting more sleep” as one cure to whatever ails you.
Have you lost your car keys lately? Or forgotten the name of your daughter’s soccer coach again? If so, you probably chalked it up to, “I’ve always had a bad memory” or “I guess it’s just part of getting older.” Wrong! There’s no reason you – or anyone else in your family – should feel “stuck” with a memory that fails you.
Nutrition always seems to get an extra spotlight the first few months of the year when everyone is making and trying to keep their resolutions. Usually people think about nutrition in relation to their weight, cardiac health, or overall well being, but more and more research is showing what we eat can change the neural pathways in our brain.