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.
Anterior head carriage, forward head posture, text neck - are just a few of the descriptions of what is leading to a major health crisis. Believe it or not, our screen time is creating major problems! To be fair, it's not just the screen time on phones, but sitting as well. I'm sure you've either read or heard the statement, "...Sitting is the new smoking..." Sitting for extended amounts of time can create some bad habits and damage to your body, including leading to forward head posture. FHP can lead to breathing and digestive problems (just to name a few- see below...) but also creates multiple faulty movement patterns which can affect your neck range of motion, shoulder and hip function. If those areas aren’t moving as easy as you’d like, or if you’ve been experiencing neck, shoulder, hip or back pain (or want to prevent any of the above)-