You know how I’m always encouraging you to get up and move.
I’m always talking about things you can do for your brain. Like meditating, getting enough shut-eye, and minimizing your stress. And of course, being your fearless leader in all things culinary. I continue to guide you towards what foods are best for the health of your brain.
Last week, The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association published a study conducted by neurologist Richard Isaacson, founder of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical Center. The data demonstrates that one can improve cognitive functioning by making specific lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
This past weekend I participated in Move for Minds. Many thanks to the generosity of those who donated to the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement on my behalf. You know who you are, and again, I thank you!
I had a blast getting informed, inspired, and moving while making a difference. As promised, I did sweat it out taking a “BUTT TO BRAIN” exercise routine (I kid you not, that’s what it was called!) on the rooftop of Equinox with 75 other women and a handful of supportive men. I wasn’t able to get a photo of me making wide lunges, but I did grab one with one of the superwomen I admire.
Wendy Suzuki in addition to being a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at NYU, she loves to exercise as much as I do.
The more you move your body, the bigger and better the part of your brain called the hippocampus becomes. If you think of your hippocampus as a muscle, you’d want this muscle to be working at full force.
One thing you can do is shake your booty every day.
Exercise gives immediate, long-term protection for your brain health. It is that simple.
Doing the bare minimum, which is to break a sweat at least 3-4 times a week. Getting your heart rate up for 30 minutes will enhance your cognitive functions.
I also talked with another one of my superwoman power crushes, Lisa Mosconi. As a researcher, Dr. Mosconi has degrees in neuroscience, nuclear medicine, and nutrition. She wrote one of my favorite books, titled Brain Foods. This book was vital in my transition from a vegetarian diet to eating for brain health.
Turns out, Lisa is a foodie too. We even exchanged recipes, and later on, I’ll let you in on some of her cooking tips.
It is known that lifestyle – not genetics – is the primary factor in our health outcomes. Even if a condition runs in your family, you can break the pattern. Your choices make all the difference.
The good news is we can keep our brains healthy by eating right. Cutting-edge research shows that exceptional nutrition, mental, social, and physical activities all benefit brain health more than any other single action.
In the coming weeks, I’ll continue to share with you more about what foods are best for you to eat. As well as lifestyle changes that can make a difference in the health of your brain.
Here’s to your best health…