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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Brain,Obesity and Food: Part 3

"It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear."– Edward Henry Harriman

Consider a few of the tips listed and perhaps they can assist in dealing with this food- weight connection. To illustrate:  stress often lowers brain dopamine and precipitates comfort food seeking behavior. As a result, stress management, and/or a cognitive-based therapy program is often very beneficial at controlling food cravings and binging behavior. If you’re addicted to sugar or fat than gradually reduce your intake by eating smaller portions or switching to similar foods with lower sugar/fat intake. For example replace high-fat ice cream with low-fat frozen yogurt. Also, eat a healthy balanced diet and be sure to eat plenty of fiber. And last, if cravings persist, seek help from a qualified dietitian, physician, or psychologist. We know that certain drugs increase dopamine (Meridia) and block opiates at the CBI receptor (Accomplia) and curb food cravings.

 Don’t forget about the sleep- weight connection either. 1. Recent evidence has uncovered brain circuits common to both sleeping and eating. 2. Northwestern University researchers have found that mice with the mutation in the gene involved with circadian rhythms, the so-called clock gene, have disrupted sleep patterns and are prone to considerable weight gain. 3. Partial sleep deprivation alters circulating levels of the hormones that regulate hunger. This leads to increased appetite and a preference for high calorie high-fat/sugar foods. 4. Research participants who slept only four hours a night for two nights showed an 18% increase in appetite along with a marked increases in Ghrelin, marked decreases in Leptin, and a preference for candies, cookies, chips, nuts, breads, and pasta.  5. For the past 40 years the amount of sleep American adult’s average each night has dropped by two hours. In 1960 Americans averaged 8.5 hours of sleep per night. By 2002 the number had fallen to less than seven hours per night. 6. Young adult Americans have shown a similar decrease in hours of sleep per night. As of 2004, only 23.5% are getting eight hours of sleep per night.
Remember, we are what we eat .No one ever claimed that controlling this problem was easy. Take control of your life. Do not allow it to control you.
Yesterday, Alpha and I ran in the cold rain and we didn’t melt .Yes, it was cold and it snowed in the afternoon. The motto remains: keep moving and running is good for your life.  Oscar,the Blade Runner  did what?
To be continued:


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