Scientists have long believed that by the time we turn 21 our brains stop growing. Recent discoveries have proven this is not so. Every day and for our entire lives, our brains are evolving in response to our experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Exercises like these can help keep your brain sharp and neurons firing.
1-Look at the World Upside Down
Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and author of 'My Stroke of Insight', suggests hanging a familiar item upside down. It makes the brain work differently to get the information it is looking for. Try inverting your calendar, family photos, a map, or even a clock.
2-Turn On Your Ears
Paula Oleska, founder of Natural Intelligence Systems, uses this exercise to help people stimulate the left hemisphere of the brain. Ears are very important sensory organs, but they "switch off" with excessive noise, diminishing the amount of information being received. This exercise turns the ears back on, improving clarity of hearing and overall alertness.
Firmly take hold of the tops of your ears and unroll the crease, pulling toward the back of your head. Repeat this movement, going systematically down through the whole ear. Repeat three or four times.
Paula Oleska, founder of Natural Intelligence Systems, suggests the cross crawl exercise to increase energy and stimulate memory and recall. By crossing the midline of the body, you activate the connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
While standing, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand. Then change to the right knee and left hand. Repeat for a few minutes.
Is it a vase or is it a face? Lynda Greenberg, a student of Dr. Betty Edwards, author of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain', suggests trying this classic right-brain, left-brain exercise. Click on the picutre below and follow the instructions exactly and watch where you get caught up. Do you find it challenging? You can read about what's going on in your brain when you try it through the same link.
Source: Omega Institute
In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better, happier and longer lives. In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.
After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity and happiness. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared specific characteristics. To read more about this fascinating work visit their website.
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ESSENTIAL OILS have been credited throughout history for being chemical-free alternatives to treat problems from digestion to concentration, insomnia and acne.
Peppermint oil for example is used to soothe nausea and other stomach issues, it helps stop itching, and cools overworked muscles; Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a bowl of hot water and breathe in the steam to fight congestion, or rub diluted oil into sore muscles (it is an all-natural alternative to VapoRub). Rubbing a few diluted drops on your forehead will quieten headaches, and it’s often credited with increasing concentration. A few years back, my son was attending a nursery whose owner had a very holistic approach to teaching. Every morning when we entered the doors, I would notice a wonderful peppermint smell that had a genuine ‘feel good’ factor and left me feeling great. When I asked her about it, she showed me a little electric oil diffuser she had placed on top of a closet that would diffuse peppermint oil every morning to awaken the children and switch their brains on. Very cool!
Another staple oil is Lavender. It is a go-to oil for almost any situation: Not only is it one of the few oils that is gentle enough to use undiluted, it’s a virtual first aid kit in a bottle. The antibacterial qualities allow it to fight germs and, like peppermint, it’s often credited with aiding digestion and helping fight headaches. It can help calm the nervous system, improve sleep quality, combat joint pain and help with acne.
One thing to remember when buying essential oil is to make sure they are 100% pure. You’d be surprised how many of them are diluted and have artificial fragrances in them. When using them, please remember that almost no essential oil should be applied undiluted to the skin. A few drops of the essential oil should be added to a carrier oil such as sunflower oil or almond oil before being rubbed into the skin. They can also be added in unscented creams, inhaled through a bowl of steaming hot water to clear sinuses and lungs (keep your eyes closed), diffused through electric or traditional oil burners, added to your bath, and can even be added to the water you clean your house with (use Lemon and Tea Tree which are germicidal oils). I recently purchased ILA candles from Balance Spa in Oasis center that are 100%organic and made with pure essential oils that are diffused as you burn the candle.
Essential Oils really do work, give them a try!
Exercise stops your brain’s deterioration… Did you know that exercise literally prevents the physical deterioration of the brain? Our brains become less dense and lose volume as we age, and with that shrinkage comes mental decline and illness. Recent studies have shown that exercise expands the brain, allowing the neurons to better communicate and reducing your risk of developing Dementia and Alzheimer. Researchers at the university of Illinois, using MRI scanning on elderly patients, found that those who were more physically active had the densest brains. All you need is 30mns of brisk walking a day, so get your tennis shoes on and get moving!
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