New activities, new back packs, new classes, and new teachers are a few of the factors that contribute to an increased stress load for parents and children this time of the year. All of these factors significantly contribute to poor health outcomes whether symptoms are present or not. Every one of these stressors interacts with the nervous system, yet one of the most overlooked areas of health assessment and maintenance is the spine.
A recent study showed that almost 80% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 claim they carry their cell phones for over 90% of their waking day. The stress of constantly looking down at a phone leads to a host of problems stemming from what doctors in professional journals diagnose as Text Neck.
Whether you are looking to increase your cognitive function, help improve your memory, boost your mood, prevent mental decline or simply want to stay alert and sharp you are going to want to read this. There is a relatively new discovery that is still somewhat unknown to most people. Its called BDNF. BDNF stands for Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor. There are numerous studies on it and all of them lead to the same conclusion: BDNF is like Miracle-gro for the brain! So, here are just a few ways that BDNF can help you have a better brain.
Inflammation has certainly gotten a lot of attention in the last 10 years since it graced the cover of Time magazine back in 2004, with a headline that read, "The Secret Killer." A natural body process designed to aid in immune function and healing, unfortunately chronic inflammation has also been associated with increased risk of Alzheimer's, heart attacks, auto-immune issues, diabetes, hormonal imbalance and cancer - just to name a few. The risk from inflammation is associated with chronic as opposed to acute or transitory types of inflammation. In essence you want for inflammation to get in and get out, and not for it to linger.
Who or what is your number one asset? With almost one month down on this new year, have you stopped to consider the answer to that question? It's easy for us to make resolutions, list goals and create targets, however it's as easy to let them slip by and fade into a distant memory, especially if we start to feel guilty for not sticking to a personal commitment. It's much easier to push it under the rug - only to attempt to set another set of goals, resolutions and targets the following year, but replay the same pattern and see those personal commitments drift away. It's easy to eventually get to a point where maybe apathy sets in and we no longer set goals, resolutions and targets for a new year - or at all. This is where status quo becomes acceptable. This is where growth stops. This is where health declines - with the acceptance of the status quo.