Cerebral Steamer Gets Your Brain Cleaner!

“Cerebral Steamer gets your brain cleaner!”

Your neurons work hard and at the end of a long day, they deserve a break and so do you. Neurons can be messy, building connections with a large protein and leaving bits of leftover A-beta protein lying around. Don’t stress the clutter. Hire Cerebral Steamer today!

Simply leave your A-beta protein bits where they lie and let our crew of professionals do what we do best: scrub your brain sparkling clean.

brain comparisonOur patented cerebrospinal fluid will flood your brain while you sleep, carrying away those pesky sticky A-beta proteins. Pesky proteins can build up over time, hardening into plaque and blocking communication between neurons. When you sleep, the spaces between brain cells widen by 60%, allowing our patented fluid to clean every nook and cranny of your precious cranial organ.

Don’t be among the 1/3 of U.S. adults who are sleep deprived and allow their brain’s neurons to become a plaque infested mess. Plaques in the brain are commonly found in brains with Alzheimer’s and dirty unrested brains have a 68% higher risk of damage leading to dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive problems. Even one night without our brain scrubbing crew can allow protein build up. Don’t delay, call Cerebral Steamer today!

Haven’t had regular cleanings in years? It’s never too late to start. Close your eyes and let our crew clean behind them. Do your brain right: sleep tonight!

*Nightly cleaning is best and highly recommended.

**For maximum results, our crew needs a minimum of 7 hours to completely clean your brain and remove all plaque-forming A-beta proteins. When you call, be sure to set aside a full 7 hours or more for our crew. Interrupted cleanings are not guaranteed.

“Cerebral Steamer gets your brain cleaner!” Call 1-800-My-Brain today!

 

References: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sleep-brain-alzheimers-plaques-protein. Image is from this article.

 

Today’s joke: Why didn’t the brain want to take a bath? It didn’t want to be brainwashed!

 

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

 

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Dementia Marionette

My favorite brain joke so far: When exploring the brain, go up the spinal cord, take the first left, dendrite.

We humans like to have control over what happens to us. When there’s a problem, we like to be able to DO something, to take action. It’s why we smother our friends with comfort food during a crisis.

dementia puppetThis desire for control applies to our health as well. There are many things we can do to keep ourselves in good health like sex, soup, and two fisted eating to name a few fun ones. (Click on the link if you’re new to the blog.)  But some diseases make us feel like marionettes with strings attached for genetics and age and the circumstances of life. Those strings pull us in scary directions like heart disease, cancer, and dementia.

Over the years, studies have revealed things we can do to prevent heart disease and cancer to a certain extent, like exercising or not smoking. These actions turn taut strings into bungee cords, allowing us to regain some measure of control. We can’t cut the strings but we can resist their pull. Up until now, Alzheimers and dementia were taut strings with give, no way for us to fight back.

But elastic has finally arrived! A new study has show evidence for one thing we can do to help prevent or delay dementia: control our blood pressure. There IS something you can do. It’s scary to see dementia coming your way. You can’t take flight because of the strings of genetics and age, but you can fight.

heart bp1When you consider what we learned about blood pressure and the heart, it becomes obvious why blood pressure affects the brain. If blood pressure is too high for too long, blood vessels become damaged. Damaged blood vessels don’t deliver oxygen and nutrients so cells suffer and die. If those dead cells are in the brain, it affects the way we think, respond, and remember. The brain is only 2% of the body’s weight, but it receives 20% of the body’s blood. That’s nearly 1 liter per minute.

We may not have ultimate control over our health, but with healthy habits we can give ourselves a fighting chance.

Click on the links to learn how high blood pressure causes damage and how to lower and/or control your blood pressure.

Where are neurons put in jail when they commit a crime? A nerve cell.

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”  Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:6-8

 

Reference: time.com August 2018

Brain Health: Move it or Lose it

brain33My brain works out several times a week. It seems to enjoy it—especially the surge of endorphins—and man, when it feels stressed, it can’t wait to get moving. I wish I’d taken a before and after picture so you could see how much my brain has bulked up since it started working out.

How does my brain work out? Easy. It tells my limbs to move: my legs to walk or dance, my arms to lift weights or push me up, and sometimes it gets all four limbs flailing in unison in the pool. The limbs get my heart pumping and the extra blood feeds and cleans my brain. My brain is getting more fit every day.

“(The brain) is an adaptable organ that can be molded by input in much the same way as a muscle can be sculpted by lifting barbells. The more you use it, the stronger and more flexible it becomes” (Spark). We usually think about exercise’s benefits to our muscles and lungs, but studies are proving over and over again that our brains benefit greatly from exercise as well.

move-it-or-lose-itLet’s take learning, for example. A few schools in Texas increased recess for their kindergarten and first grade students. With an hour of recess per day, those students’ grades and behavior improved. When Naperville Central High School near Chicago beefed up their physical education classes, their students not only became physically fit, but they finished first in the world on an international science exam.

How does this brain-exercise connection happen? Dr. Ratey explains it well and thoroughly in his book Spark, but I’m going to sum it up in three words: exercise births neurons. Your brain makes new neurons all the time, but when you exercise, your brain puts the neuron factory in overdrive. Your brain is then swimming in neurons looking to make a connection and you are primed to learn, process, and remember. Add to that the extra blood flow bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the brain and what you get is a cocktail of neurological growth serum.

Learning is not limited to school scenarios: exercise helps the brain battle depression and addiction because the brain is primed to learn a new reaction to old situations. Exercise also boosts the production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, three neurotransmitters that help regulate thoughts and emotions and keeps us flying level. Studies have shown exercise to be as effective as medication in treating depression and that exercise reduces the risk of depression. I’m not saying “cure” and I’m not telling you to dump your pills if you take them. I’m saying give your brain a workout because your brain is capable of amazing things and regular exercise is proven to help.

sparkWhen my brain works out, it’s even protecting itself against the natural effects of aging. As your brain ages, the production of new neurons slows down and the cells it has die more easily than when you’re young. The brain can actually shrivel and shrink over time. Exercise is one of the few ways to combat this trend because it boosts neuron production and makes your cells harder to kill. It’s like car maintenance: if you drive your car all the time, you’re going to maintain it. The older the car gets, the more prone it is to breaking down, but if you keep it well maintained, the car will last a long time. Exercise equals driving the car: the body is forced to maintain the cells because you’re using them. If you stop using your cells, they rust away and die. “If your brain isn’t actively growing, then it’s dying” (Spark).

Working out makes my brain work better, feel better, learn better and react better. We are ‘use it or lose it’ creatures, so get your body moving so you don’t lose your mind!

 

 

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)

 

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061219122200.htm Exercise Appears To Improve Brain Function Among Younger People

 http://www.today.com/parents/want-kids-listen-more-fidget-less-try-more-recess-school-t65536 Want Kids to Listen More and Fidget Less?

Spark, John J. Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman. Little, Brown and Company, New York 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1aNERoMndU Kim Bevill TED talk

Images courtesy of Dr. Odd (Brain), 

MIND if I Get Healthy?

brain scientist magazineA healthy brain is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of weight loss. Our goal in losing weight is usually to make our body look better and feel better and a healthy brain is pink, plump, and wrinkly, kind of like a naked mole rat. Not exactly the sexy image we’re shooting for.

But let’s face it: our brain is very important and keeping it healthy is a good goal. Ready for the great news? The healthy habits of sex, soup, and two fisted eating are just as good for your brain as they are for your waistline.

captain obvious imgflipI’ve invited Captain Obvious here today to talk explain why.

Captain Obvious, why does our overall health affect our brain?

Are you axon me?

Yes, Captain. Yes, I am.

Don’t mind if I do! The brain is an organ and is connected to your body via blood vessels, nerves and hormones. There’s no filter between the brain and the rest of your body so any healthiness or unhealthiness in your body passes to the brain. I’m glad you had the nerve to ask me that.

Wow, Captain, you’re really into bad puns.

Obviously.

Well, thank you, Captain Obvious. I hope you join us again in the future.

brain connectOver the next few weeks we will study the connection between the brain and sleep, exercise, water, vegetables, and portion control. And tell brain jokes. Lots of brain jokes. And I’ll probably use a losing your marbles metaphor. It’s obviously the best way to proceed.

 

Where are neurons put in jail when they commit a crime?

A nerve cell.

 

At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” Acts 26:24

 

Images courtesy of: brain (scientist magazine), Captain Obvious (imgflip), connected brain (Daily Mail)

 

 

Warning: May Cause Movement

When I walked into a training session for working with disabled students last week, I didn’t expect it to inspire a blog post. What do wheel chairs have to do with weight loss? But here I am, inspired and blogging.

MOVEWe were trained to get students up and moving, no matter how disabled they are. The training covered techniques, equipment, and research projects that have been done with students who need help to sit, to stand, and/or to take steps. What blew me away was what happened when students who are used to being sedentary all day every day began to get up and move.

It didn’t surprise me that the students gained muscle strength and stamina.

It didn’t surprise me that their caregivers found it easier to care for their physical needs because they could stand with assistance instead of being lifted, and so forth.

What surprised me were the side effects:

Students began to interact more socially.

Their behavior improved.

They were less anxious.

Their bowel movements became more regular and they were able to successfully use a toilet. (I admit my own particular job does not involve diapers, but I was excited for my fellow trainees who spend part of each day toileting students.)

move chairWe know exercise benefits our health but we often think of exercise as something we do at a gym or at least with prolonged effort while wearing sneakers. Let’s not overlook the benefits of movement, even if it’s standing or stretching for a while instead of sitting.

Perhaps sitting less can give us beneficial side effects too. Improve our behavior. Reduce our anxiety. And yes, even regulate our colon.

 

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then … I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27

 

Images courtesy of: moveinternational.org (girl), Maximized Living (chair)

Salmon Salad Recipe

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As warm weather lingers and dill grows tall, sometimes you want a fast, easy, cold meal. This salmon salad is heart healthy (if you don’t use the egg yolks) and delicious.

Ingredients:

1 can salmon

2 Tb onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

3 hardboiled eggs (or whites only)

2 Tb mayonnaise

2-3 Tb lemon juice

2 Tb fresh dill, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Drain salmon and remove backbone. Mash hardboiled eggs.

Mix all ingredients.

Spread on a roll or top a bed of spinach.

Batman Fights Cancer (Exercise and Cancer Prevention)

You know Batman fights the Joker, Penguin, and Cat Woman, but did you know Batman fights Cancer as well?

A major study confirmed a link between exercise and cancer risk: namely, that the more you exercise, the lower your risk of cancer. The three cancers with the clearest connection (perhaps because they were the most studied) were breast, colon, and endometrial (lining of the uterus) cancers. This major study was an analyzed conglomerate of smaller studies. To be fair, one of the smaller studies did not find that exercise lowers your risk of getting cancer. It did, however, find that exercise lowers your risk of dying if you get cancer. Holy statistics, Batman, that’s still a good reason to take a walk.

batman cancer 1How does Batman the Exerciser lower cancer risk? There are three theories:

  1. Catwoman: Exercise regulates hormones, especially estrogen and insulin, which have been linked to certain types of cancers. When the hormones are out of whack, they allow cancer to thrive. Holy hormones, Batman, your iconic deep voice tells me your estrogen levels are very low.
  2. The Joker (Because colon jokes are always funny): Exercise keeps food—and any carcinogens you ingest— moving through the colon. That’s right, Batman, the more often you poop, the less likely you are to get colon cancer. The more you move your body, the more you move your bowels. Holy porcelain, Batman, we’re going to need more toilet paper!
  3. The Penguin: Exercise decreases body fat. Body fat is “an active organ” that produces hormones which lead back to Catwoman. Body fat also makes it harder for your organs to function and for blood to flow. For example, your liver’s main job is to remove toxins; fat slows down that process and creates the kind of toxic environment The Penguin loves. If blood doesn’t flow well, strong, and often, cells don’t get as much oxygen as they need and cellular trash isn’t removed efficiently which leads to less healthy cells. Holy waddling bird themed bad guy, Batman, let’s go swim to slim!

batman cancer 2So what came first? The Fat or the out of whack Hormones? The sluggish colon or the sluggish human? We’ll leave that to the chickens and the eggs because we know the solution: Batman the Exerciser!

Do you have to spend hours a day doing pull ups in a bat cave in order to decrease your cancer risk? Nope. One study showed you can shuffle along like the Penguin and still reap the benefits. Holy sneakers, Batman, just going for a walk can save my life! The study defined their “most active” subjects as exercising 7 hours a week and their “least active” subjects as exercising just 20 minutes a week. That’s a range as wide as Joker’s smile, but the study showed that all exercise helps reduce cancer risk: the more active the person, the lower the risk. Holy cancer prevention, Batman, let’s get moving!

 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

 

Resources:

National Cancer Institute, Physical Activity and Cancer, 2017

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/physical-activity-fact-sheet

American Institute for Cancer Research, More Evidence of Exercise for Cancer Prevention, 2016

http://www.aicr.org/cancer-research-update/2016/05_18/cru-More-Evidence-of-Exercise-for-Cancer-Prevention.html