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Exercise and Brain Health

[caption id="attachment_4816" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Amy Fletcher[/caption] As we age maintaining a sharp mind gains increasing priority. We devote a lot of time focusing on optimal nutrition, gut health, immune support, and chronic disease prevention. Over the past several decades, our understanding of the brain and neurocognitive health has dramatically expanded. We are becoming more aware of the key factors that help determine the health of the brain. One of the most important factors for optimal brain health is a compound known as BDNF. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is a primary brain protein or neurotrophin that directly influences brain function as well as peripheral nerve function and mental health. One way to think about BDNF is as a “brain fertilizer”. It helps to optimize how your brain works...

The Importance of Daily Exercise, Especially Right Now

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Get Lean Quick with These Simple Exercises

Get Lean By: Amy Peacock Want to look good in that bathing suit and look better naked? Lifting weights along with your cardio and clean eating is the secret key we can steal from the body building world to sculpt our bodies perfect and lean out. Resistance training is a natural way to change the shape of your body, and counteract that age related muscle atrophy (aka creepy skin and loss of strength) that starts much younger than you imagine. Bonus? The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn…even at rest. Make a commitment to getting back to fit today. Who doesn’t want a strong, lean and healthy body for this life? Try this simple program to get started. You will just do 20 mins of interval training for your...

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Chronic Diseases

Change Your Lifestyle to Prevent Chronic Disease. Chronic disease is preventable through lifestyle changes like diet, exercise and stress reduction. Americans are suffering more and more from chronic diseases. With numbers reaching epidemic proportion 50% of Americans have at least one chronic disease and 25% have more than one 25% of young adults are not healthy enough to join military 30% of children will develop diabetes 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription and 25% take 3 or more 2/3rds of deaths in the US are caused by one or more of 5 top preventable chronic diseases 80% of healthcare costs used towards treating these chronic diseases and it is estimated that healthcare costs will reach $47 billion over the next decade Conventional medicine is focused...