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Be Active for Brain Defense

By Tom Herrin

Protecting the body is the responsibility of everyone.  Doing whatever is possible to avoid illness, staying physically fit, and protecting the brain are great things for anyone to focus on.  Everyone knows that eating right and being active may be able to help deter some health problems.  Many don't really know exactly what to do to build defenses for the brain and some of the problems that can arise with it.  Believe it or not, some exercise may help the brain as well as the rest of the body.  Understanding just how may provide a little more incentive to get out there are get active.

Exercise May Help Deter Dementia

Many people deal with stress each day.  Too often, it can become part of everyday life.  When it does, it can drain them physically and mentally.  Stress can change attitudes and interfere with good decision making.  Those who experience higher levels of stress also have a greater risk of developing dementia.  Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress.  It can help the body to release chemicals that make people feel good.  Exercise may be the best thing to include in a daily routine to protect against the dread of dementia.

Exercise May Help the Memory

It really is a little difficult to believe that exercise has anything to do with memory.  Studies have shown that exercise may help to increase the size of parts of the hippocampus.  While it may not come up in daily conversation, the hippocampus has a role in memory.  This increase in size can affect parts that have to do with spatial memory.  This is what helps in recognition of where things happen and location in general.  

Include Exercise in Life Planning

We all need to do whatever we can for the benefit of our overall health.  I try to stay as active as possible for my physical health.  I know exercise can help the heart and circulatory system.  I also try to boost my mental health.  I have seen too many people who have lost much of their mental function due to dementia.  It is a sad thing to see.  As a result, I try to be on the lookout for things that can help to avoid that.  I know that staying mentally active is one thing that can help.  Another is for me to continue to exercise.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Land, Tex.

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