Friday, September 23, 2011

SharpBrains book

SharpBrains is a conference and a company.  They held their conference and now have a book out summarizing the conference on maximizing the health and longevity of our aging brains.  I downloaded it for my computer and my Kindle (and those of other family members sharing our account) this morning for $7.96.  Regardless of whether you have a Kindle or not, you can download the book and read it on your computer for the same price.  (You do have to load the Kindle software onto your PC or Mac or smartphone first.)

The book seems to be a good one for an up-to-date look at the subject through the eyes of scientists devoted to find the best, most helpful, least invasive and least expensive ways to keep our minds and brains sharp.  I have read the first and 2nd chapters.  The 2nd chapter lays out four main pillars of maximum brain health:
      1. Balanced nutrition
      2. Physical exercise
      3. Stress management
      4. Mental stimulation

Fernandez, Alvaro; Goldberg, Elkhonon; Cavanaugh, Gloria (2009). The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews (Kindle Location 717). SharpBrains, Inc. Kindle Edition.

So, check out your diet and eating habits and shape them up, if needed.  Get some physical exercise daily, whatever you can manage without too much time or pain.  Meditate daily for 8-10 minutes, as I have been telling you for three years.  And do those online games or sudoku or crossword puzzles, or write a daily blog.

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