Mechanicsville, Virginia — Most people have read or heard lists of things to do to exercise your brain. You know, crossword puzzles, memory games, get active, learn a musical instrument, and so on. Everyone of them is great. Just knowing we can exercise our brain is helpful. As a matter of fact, the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences published research revealing that people who are physically inactive increase their risk of Alzheimer’s by 250%! Wow.
At Stover Chiropractic, P.C., we want your nervous system to work well. As well as it can in fact! Every treatment you get helps in that sense. But there are things each person can do to help outside of our office. Below I’m going to list eight ways to exercise your brain. But I need to say there are three things that are foundational and therefore not included, but must be done. The first is: see your chiropractor so you can be adjusted as needed. The brain and nervous system can not work optimally with subluxations and it has been shown that adjustments increase brain function. The second is: sleep. Sleep deprivation will disrupt normal neural functioning. The third is: eating the proper nutrients for your brain. There is not space in this blog to cover all the recommendations for nursing your brain, but it must be done.
Now to the list. This comes from a book titled: How God Changes Your Brain, by Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman. The title is deceiving, but it did get my attention. Which is what it is supposed to do right? The book is about how religious activity (broadly speaking) impacts neural function. Then it goes on many interesting tangents, most are helpful. Do not read the book if you are looking for some spiritual insight on your relationship to the Christian God or the other monotheistic religions.
Here they are (in descending order):
7. Stay Intellectually active
6. Consciously relax
3. Aerobic exercise
2. Dialogue with others
1. Trust (faith) – The book lists it as faith.
Some obvious ones and maybe not so obvious right? We’ll look at them closer in the following posts.