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Resveratrol could enhance exercise performance


Resveratrol was first isolated from Senna quin...

Resveratrol was first isolated from Senna quinquangulata (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More good news about the potential health benefits of resveratrol from a study just published in the Journal of Physiology.

Resveratrol could enhance exercise performance.

Spring Brain Cleaning and Anagrams


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Spring has sprung and is here in full force! Allergies, pollen, blossoms, and maybe even the spring cleaning bug. How about a spring cleaning for your brain? Get rid of those cobwebs that crowded your brain during your winter hibernation and return to the business of forming new brain pathways while building a cognitive reserve  through neuroplasticity or brain plasticity. Let’s build a buff brain! Challenge yourself with something new or just do something differently or change the order of things in your daily, morning or evening rituals. Yes, it can actually be that simple-anything that causes or forces us to think differently is beneficial! It doesn’t matter if you are a senior, a baby boomer, a gen X or Y, approaching 50, 40, or even 30. We all need to embrace the concept of lifelong learning.  It’s as simple as ABC-Always Brain Challenging-that is what we believe at BrainMasters!

Equally important to exercising the brain is the caring for the brain. This includes physical exercise and eating healthy brain foods. By engaging in physical exercise and consuming healthy foods we become active participants in the anti-aging, longevity, and anti-Alzheimer’s Disease campaign.  I know everyone is busy-we all are. Surely, we all can allocate 30 minutes each day to exercise whether it is a walk, yoga, biking, or playing Wii Fit-just get moving! If you have a dog, then walk it; after all pets need exercise too!

Now that you are armed with this powerful new knowledge, it is time to exercise your brain and form new pathways! Here are some spring themed anagrams. Form as many new words as possible, and let us know how you do!

ALLERGIES

DOGWOODS

FESTIVALS

BLOOMING

GRILLING

FLOWERS

FLORAL

BLOSSOMS

NATURE

OUTDOORS

Want a Healthy Brain For Life?


If you are reading this, then you are committed to your brain health!  As you know, we must not take our brain health for granted. Just like our bodies, we must properly care for and nurture our brains. This includes physical exercise, proper brain nutrition, social interactions, and of course brain exercises.

You do not have to be an athlete or have a health club membership to exercise. Walking is free and requires no special skills or equipment.  Studies have shown some significant brain benefits  just by walking 3x/week for 35 minutes! Individuals actually experienced an increase in the size of the hippocampus. You may ask, “What is a hippocampus?”  The hippocampus is the area of your brain responsible for memory. That’s pretty important, don’t you agree? After all, who of us isn’t interested in improving our memory skills? So, get some exercise!

Eating a healthy diet is also crucial for good brain health. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables-berries, apples, green leafy veggies, omega 3 fatty foods like salmon, nuts-walnuts and almonds, lean meats, green tea. Try to avoid sugar! Sugar just doesn’t have any health benefits.  Several new studies are actually suggesting that  Alzheimer’s is diabetes of the brain. Do yourself and your brain a favor and get rid of the sugar!

Social connections are an integral part of maintaining brain health. Do you actively participate in social groups? How about starting a book, movie, investment, or cooking club? Do you have any hobbies? How do you spend your time when not at work? What fun activities have you done lately? Be involved with people and remember that humans are social creatures.

The last crucial component necessary to maintain a healthy brain throughout your lifetime involves brain exercises. By engaging in new and challenging mental activities, you are able to form new neural pathways. Forming new pathways in the brain, helps improve our overall cognitive skills. So, if you are an expert at crossword puzzles or sudoku , it’s time for something new. Ever considered learning a new language or learning to play bridge? Both are excellent ways to exercise your brain. Of course, you can always enroll in a BrainMasters class where we will most assuredly exercise your brain!

Do You Know Your Family Health History?


Do you know your family health history?  If not, I suggest you research and record your family health historyduring Thanksgiving.

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Since we gather together with our families during the holiday season, it’s an excellent time to get your family health history. Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, heart disease, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, thyroid disease,  or any other chronic disease? Did you  know that with any of these diseases you have an increased risk for developing memory problems and other cognitive deficits?

By doing a little research into your genes, you have the ability to map out a more healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to make positive lifestyle choices whether you’re a senior, a baby boomer, in your 40’s or 30’s, or in college. Find out the age of  your oldest living blood relative. By the way, mine was 114, 115, or 116. I find that truly amazing!  Try to brainstorm as a family what this relative did to achieve such healthy aging and longevity.  Don’t be surprised to discover that these people probably have some things in common. They were active and kept moving, stayed engaged and connected with people, and consumed a healthy diet. No junk food or fast food on a regular basis.  Strive for that  kind of lifestyle to achieve optimal  health.  Don’t forget to include  regular exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle!  Why not take advantage of every possibility to lessen your chances of developing memory loss or suffering a cognitive decline? Remember, memory loss does not have to be a part of the normal aging process! Be in command of your health and your life!

So, take charge of your health! Engage your brain with challenging and fun brain fitness activities. Let’s build your cognitive reserve through some mentally stimulating activities. Learn a new game,  learn a new language, participate in a social group, and EXERCISE!  Try our Brain Boosters! One of the secrets to longevity is to achieve a healthy balance between a healthy mind, body, and spirit!

Let us know the age of your oldest relative, too! Happy Thanksgiving!  Now is the time for YOU commit to your health!

Brain Boosters-October Anagrams


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Wow, we are almost at the mid point of October and Halloween is just around the corner! As we enter the holiday season, remember how important it is to take care of your health and your brain! Speaking of the brain it’s time to exercise your brain, form new brain pathways, build your cognitive reserve, challenge yourself,  engage in new learning!  Become a lifelong learner, and take advantage of your brain and neuroplasticity skills through new learning.  We are never too old for new learning or too young to begin building our cognitive reserves!  Let’s try some anagrams today. Create as many new words as you can from the following words.

First, go grab a healthy snack-blueberries, strawberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, veggie sticks, dark chocolate, paired with a healthy beverage-green tea, water, red wine. I just had some walnuts and iced green tea. Ready? Here are your words.

HALLOWEEN

COSTUMES

CANDIES

GOBLINS

PUMPKINS

DECORATIONS

 

Remember to exercise your body as well! Physical exercise helps pump blood throughout your body-including your brain. Studies have shown that by walking just 35 minutes a day at least 3 days/week it’s possible to increase the size of your hippocampus, which may correlate to improved memory skills! So, get up, leash that dog and take a walk!

Upcoming Events at BrainMasters


Here are some exciting and upcoming October events for BrainMasters. We challenge you to exercise your brain! Will you accept the challenge? Remember, we are never too old to engage in new learning. Contact us to schedule your classes at your convenience. See you soon!

Thursday, October 13, 2011  @ Huntcliff Summit 2:30-3:30

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 @ Parc Alpharetta 10:45-11:45

Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ Huntcliff Summit 2:30-3:30

Feed Your Mind!

Brain Boosters-September Anagrams-Back to School


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Well, it’s hard to believe it’s already September! Summer is essentially gone, and now we’re all back to school. Some of you may even be  planning your family holiday vacations.

Remember to always schedule time for your health, both physical and mental exercise. Speaking of exercise, it’s  time to exercise your brain, form new brain pathways, build your cognitive reserve, challenge yourself,  engage in new learning!  Become a lifelong learner, and take advantage of your brain or neuroplasticity skills through new learning.  We are never too old for new learning or too young to begin building our cognitive reserves!  Let’s try some anagrams today. Create as many new words as you can from the following words.

Go grab a healthy snack-blueberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, veggie sticks, dark chocolate, paired with a healthy beverage-green tea, water, red wine. I just had some walnuts and peach green tea. Ready?

READING

WRITING

ARITHMETIC

TEACHER

PRINCIPAL

CARPOOL

CRAYONS

HOMEWORK

Remember to exercise your body as well! Physical exercise helps pump blood throughout your body-including your brain. Studies have shown that by walking just 35 minutes a day at least 3 days/week it’s possible to increase the size of your hippocampus, which may correlate to improved memory skills! So, get up, leash that dog and take a walk! Be sure to drink plenty of water, too! Your brain and body need water for optimal function. Here’s to your health!

BrainMasters Memory Game


Enjoy a brief clip from a BrainMasters class at the Parc Alpharetta. Watch as we engage our participants in a Brain Booster designed to address immediate and short term memory skills. What could be better than strengthening your memory skills while having fun?

BrainMasters at the Parc Alpharetta


Enjoy a brief clip from a BrainMasters class at the Parc Alpharetta.  These participants definitely had fun while exercising their brains! This Brain Booster addresses thought organization, problem solving, and thought flexibility skills.

BrainMasters ABC Memory Game


Enjoy a brief clip from a BrainMasters class at the Parc Alpharetta. We love to exercise the brain while having fun! These participants definitely had fun while giving their brains a workout!

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