The Fit Student—Eggheads Don’t Crack

Devils get edgy around eggheads.  Why?  Eggheads don’t crack.  Less Alzheimer’s.  Less dementia.  Less foggy brains.

And devils love reruns of Friends, hate the Fifth Edition of Nonparametric Statistics.  Love Pablo’s Pub, hate Spa Lady.  Love Big Macs, hate organic bananas.

Eight months ago, I ate McDonald’s.  I never hit the gym.  And I had brain fog—so bad I could hardly read.  “In two years, I’m dead,” I said to my doctor.

She replied, “Get fit and eat organic.”

But students can’t afford organic, can they?  Well, one Starbuck’s tea costs more than a week’s worth of organic kale.  One Uncle Burger costs more than a week’s worth of pineapple and organic beets combined.  So, don’t go fast food.  Pack organic instead.

Better still, at my grocers, organic beets cost less than nonorganic.  Yes, less!  And organic beets have richer colors, lusher leaves, and tastier crunch.  So, I buy organic not only to savor, but to save cash.

My grandma should eat organic—and hit the gym.  Why?  Grandma, in her 90s, has come down with Alzheimer’s.  She once told me she dined on canned soups.  If Grandma had ditched Campbell’s, she could’ve beaten Alzheimer’s—beyond her 100th birthday.

Sadly, dementia patients often live in nursing homes—in locked wards.  When I visited nursing homes, loud cries startled me.  “Issue in the dementia unit,” a nurse would alert.

The moral?  Don’t make locked wards your fate.  Stop brain fog—now! 

Dr.  Amen tells how to reverse your age in his book Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day.

  • Proof you can beat Alzheimer’s? “More than half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions” (p. 58).
  • And normal aging does not lead to Alzheimer’s: “Unfortunately, most people accept a decline in cognitive functioning as normal aging” (p. 4).  So, stop brain fog—now!
  • So, how do you get a healthy brain? For one, “avoid … unhealthy friends or a lack of positive support system ….  Limit the amount of time you spend with them and get a new, healthier group if you want to live long” (p.  13).
  • For another, “avoid … chronic stress … negative thinking patterns … lack of meaning and purpose in your life” (p. 16).
  • For yet another, “avoid … toxins … drugs … alcohol … excessive caffeine … pesticides … chemotherapy … cigarettes, trans fats, excessive sun exposure, charred meats, pesticides … obesity …” (p.  13-14).
  • And “avoid … the standard American diet … [especially] sugar …” (p. 16).
  • So, what should you feed your brain? “The best diet is one that is high in nutrients, low in calories … high in omega-3 fatty acids (fish, fish oil, walnuts, and avocados) and antioxidants (vegetables)” (p. 58)
  • And for a healthy brain, get fit: “Get physical exercise and include endurance and strength training” (p. 17).
  • And meditate: “Practice … stress management … such as deep breathing and meditation” (p. 18).
  • Plus, take “supplements to enhance memory, including vinpocetine and ginkgo to enhance blood flow, Huperzine A and acetyl-L-carnitine to enhance the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) which is a super-antioxidant” (pp. 48-49).
  • Lastly, get your brain active through “lifelong learning” (p. 18).  Why?  Risk for Alzheimer’s includes “less than a high school education or job that does not require periodically learning new information” (p.  56).

Yes, prevent Alzheimer’s through diet, lifestyle—and lifelong learning.   A beloved professor of mine praised lifelong learners.  Why?  Eggheads don’t crack.

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