How To Manage Your Brain Health

Posted on June 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Your brain really is amazing. It controls the functioning of nearly every other part of your body and its systems. But so often we seem to invest more time in our bodies than we do in our brain and nervous system.

This may be in part because our knowledge of the brain’s functioning is relatively new and still expanding. It takes time for research to be widely accepted and shared in a way that a broad audience can understand and act upon it. As science advances, the facts are becoming clear. We really can benefit from actively tending to our brain’s health.

Until relatively recently, neurobiologists believed that our brain was completely formed in our early years and that it altered little, if at all, when we were fully grown. We now know that the brain is an amazingly pliable organ, changing all the time in response to our activities, our experience and the stimuli in the world around us.

The brain has a wonderful plasticity, continually creating new connections and pathways in the maze of neurons that bundled together create our ability to think, reason, remember and react to new challenges, information and experiences. Most of these changes occur naturally, beneath the level of our conscious mind, at the subconscious and unconscious level.

A substantial body of research has revealed that we can indeed influence and improve the way our brains function on many levels. Several factors contribute to how the brain alters and adapts as we age. We can encourage positive changes by using some of the same strategies we depend on for our physical health, while adding on activities designed for brain health. Here are just a couple of tips to help you treat your brain – and yourself – in the best possible way.

Eat Right: A healthy diet is as essential for our brain as it is for our body. Many of the nutrients needed for physical health also support brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, are known for their heart health benefits. Recent research shows that they additionally play an important role in the brain’s structure, and also in balanced cognitive functioning. Similarly, vitamin D supports bone strength, but also appears to be linked to mental health. Medical experts now believe that many people diagnosed with depression have a deficiency of vitamin D. Brain and body really are inseparable. What you put into one you put into the other. Research shows that eating a wide variety of different foods, and focusing on a largely plant-based, whole foods menu, is one of the very best ways to ensure both brain and body health.

Exercise Regularly: Aerobic activity sends more oxygen-rich blood to the brain, which aids its ability to process information and improves memory functioning. Research has also demonstrated that exercise of almost any kind affects brain chemistry, improving mood and alleviating negative mental states such as anxiety. If you’re already exercising, then keep it up. If it’s not, work it in. It needn’t cost money. Go for a walk, chase the kids around the yard, or take a bike ride. The research is conclusive; exercise has an ongoing positive effect on brain and body. And don’t forget to take time to relax. Mediation, or self hypnosis for stress reduction and relaxation is an excellent way of doing this.

Challenge the brain: Just like the body, the brain needs to be kept agile. Just like a muscle, it needs to be used in order to develop and remain healthy. Specifically target your brain health by frequently presenting it with new cognitive challenges. Work a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Memorize a new poem, speech, or passage from a book. Play games that challenge your memory or require problem-solving skills. Research has shown that regular mental challenges produce a healthier brain, and this leads to a slower cognitive decline – even when dementia’s impact on the brain is factored out. Think of things that you do every day without really having to think about what you’re doing – and do them differently. Instead of moving automatically through your routine, work your brain in order to keep it really healthy and to help improve its ability to change to the constantly altering world. The brain we have depends to a large part on what we ask it to do.

Pay attention to your thoughts: You’ve probably heard the saying ‘Fake it ’til you make it.’ In other words, think and behave in ways that make you the person you want to become. Even if it’s uncomfortable at first, it will gradually feel more natural. Repeating positive thought patterns, processes or behaviors can foster new connections in the brain and help solidify them as part of your natural response mechanisms. These connections are known as ‘neural pathways’. In much the same way that a path through a field might be formed by regularly walking it, the brain’s pathways are established and made stronger when you use them repeatedly over time. One really effective way of establishing fresh neural pathways, for relaxation and stress management, for example, is through self hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Meditation is also useful.

We remain in the process of understanding exactly how the brain and nervous system function, and which aspects we can shape and control. It’s an exciting field of research that is giving us new ways to impact on everything from memory loss to mental health to IQ. As our understanding continues to progress, it is certain to offer us many new ways to improve the health of our brain – and our quality of life.

The Rise of Medical Tourism!

Posted on June 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Travelling can have lots of purposes. Some people travel regularly as it is the need of their business or profession while some travels occasionally to enjoy a leisure travel. It is a good idea to save some time from your busy daily routine to enjoy an all entertaining vacation while exploring different parts of the world. Yet, some people travel for a totally different reason. They travel to obtain better health.

Medical tourism is not a new idea. Even in ancient times, people used to travel across the borders to obtain medical help. The Ancient Greeks used to travel to a region that was known as Epidauria, in the Saronic Gulf of the Mediterranean, to obtain healing from the God Asklepios.

In the modern times, medical tourism is gaining popularity because of the many benefits that are attached with it. The major purpose for medical tourism is to obtain high quality of medical assistance and help in a cost convenience manner. Medical tourism also offers a chance to combine the fun of travelling and meeting exotic people and visiting beautiful sites along with obtaining high quality medical treatment.

Many Asian and European countries are becoming hot-spot for medical tourism because of the cheaper, healthier and technologically advanced medical facilities offered by the medical experts and hospitals in these countries. Medical tourism is gaining a status of economically profitable industry in developing countries like India, China and Brazil. European countries like Hungary are developing their base in medical tourism industry while providing specific medical facilities related with cosmetic surgeries and dentistry.

People from western countries prefer to travel long distances to countries like India and China to obtain cheaper medical facilities in a much advanced and sincere manner. Furthermore, the total cost of travelling and medical treatment often comes out to be much lesser than the cost of similar medical treatments in native countries. Some people who suffer from serious diseases like heart, liver or kidney failure prefer to tour India to obtain a replaceable human organ so that they may survive.

Thus, medical tourism do not only offer cheaper and technologically advanced medical facilities, but also works as a great and sure way to save many lives while it is certainly a great way to increase international economic activities along with allowing patients to obtain cheaper medical care.

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Why People With Bipolar Disorder Stop Taking Their Medication

Posted on June 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

For most of us, going about our day to day routine may be a bit boring, but our highs and lows tend to be pretty minor. Someone who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, however, lives a vastly different lifestyle. Depending on the type, and severity, of bipolar disorder they have they may spend days, or even weeks, extremely depressed or extremely hyper. Some people have a more mild form of bipolar disorder and are able to maintain a fairly healthy lifestyle with the help of a therapist. Others, however, have a more severe case and require medication in order to stay on an even keel.

Quite often a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder will take the medication they have been prescribed for some time, but eventually decide to stop taking the medication. To those who have never dealt with a mental illness, the simple fact that a person who has been prescribed medication would stop taking it is often baffling. Those who have never dealt with mental illness often do not understand why someone would stop taking their bipolar medication no matter whether it was with, or against, doctor’s orders. There are actually a number of motives behind dropping the medication, and while there are times that it can be healthy for someone to get away from the regimen, there are also many instances in which removing medication may not be a good idea.

The Many Different Reasons

Dropping the medication happens in several different situations, and one of the first reasons many people stop taking their medications is because they are in denial. Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be very stressful for the person who was diagnosed. Unlike many medical diseases, mental illnesses do not leave many, if any, physical symptoms. This makes it much more difficult for a person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness to believe that they actually have one. Because of this, quite often, those who are newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder will only take the medication for short amount of time and will then stop taking it. Many times they stopped taking it because they do not feel any different after only a few days worth of medications, but as any mental health professional will tell you it can take weeks, even a month or more, for many of these types of medications to work completely, which is why doctors always recommend that you stay on any sort of mental health medication for at least a few months.

Another common reason people stop taking the medication is because they believe they simply do not need it. We live in a society where being diagnosed with a mental illness can often carry with it a stigma, and so, in many cases, people who are newly diagnosed with a mental illness believe that they can handle the condition on their own without the help of any sort of medication. Because of this, they stop taking the medication and wind up worse off than they were before they began taking it.

Those who’ve been on bipolar medication for number of months often feel a great deal better, so much better in fact that they believe that they are cured. It is absolutely normal for someone who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition to feel so much better because of the medication that they believe they have no need for any more. As a result, they stop taking the medication often only to wind up deep in depression soon after they stopped taking it. A mental health disorder is like any other long-term medical condition – you may need to be treated for it for the rest of your life. Treatment may be taking medication, going to a therapist, or a combination of the two.

Many people often worry about the side effects of bipolar medication, specifically the feeling of being in a “fog”. While there are some medications that can initially cause this feeling, the right one won’t. It’s essential that patients stay in contact with their doctors about the medication and side effects at all times.

When it comes to most health conditions, people simply take their medication. Mental health disorders, though, are treated differently by patients and society alike. They shouldn’t be. They’re serious health conditions the body simply can’t handle on its own, and there’s no shame in taking medication to help control the symptoms so it’s possible to reclaim life once again.

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