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It's growing darker and darker each afternoon. How do you feel about winter? I like winter with cosy evenings and December and Christmas time, but if winter stretches beyond January and February, then I lose my patience and long for spring like everyone else. Most people here are much younger than me, and they are probably filled with all the energy of the world all through the winter season. I feel already now that I need to gather some energy for the winter period - although the days after winter solstice in December are moving towards spring, then the winter might be long. So I tried to find some good advice from some wise people......
I looked in a magazine from Monday and found something. This was really sensational. "How to be healthy and happy when you get a hundred years old"! I would love that, wouldn't you? Even if you are a young kid who will live forever! 6 experts have delivered good advice. 6 very young experts: A personal trainer, (yes, I know I'm training too little!), a physician ( that's our TV-doctor, he's nice and charming), a food expert (yes, I know I've got a sweet tooth!), a brain-expert (well....maybe a good idea), a beauty-expert (that's really too late) and a physioterapist ( oh yes, my poor back....).
I chose the brain-expert first. I want to be the happy owner of a good brain, when I reach one hundred years.
1. Bring the nerve-impulses into action with brain-food. Especially the essential sebacic acids, like fish-oil, linseed-oil, sunflower-oil. They are important to the myelin of the brain - a substance, which helps to circulate electric impulses in the brain. Myelin damage affects fx the concentration and the memory.
2. Preserve cellular tissue by eating lots of antioxidants, fruit like cranberry and vegetables like broccoli and chili. The more cellular tissue we have, the more brain cells we have left for our old age.
3. Bring the memory in action by jogging. Don't walk, don't run, but jog. This kind of physical activity releases hormones, which help the mood and the brain and makes it easier to remember.
4. Expand the brain's network. Read a book in a foreign language, listen to music, join a course. When you read a book in your own language, you use your left cerebral hemisphere. If you read a book in a foreign language, the right cerebral hemisphere begins to work, and this happens every time you force yourself to do something, which is unfamiliar and challenging. Playing music requires a coordination of your both cerebral hemispheres, which affects your average IQ.
5. Take a "brain-time out". Try to stop thinking about all the things you have to do and remember,or think of something quite else than the daily routines. Women, especially, try constantly to make the brain multitask, and the result is multi-distraction and stress.
This sounds quite simple and easy to follow - and most people know most of it in advance, but the question is, if we remember all this in our daily routine. I don't. Well, sometimes. Not always. Too busy with lots of other things. Maybe she's right about multi-tasking and stress! But the conclusion - if I listen to all those 6 young beautiful people: "Being healthy and happy when you are a hundred years old". Is there a guarantee?
Ann-Elisabet Knudsen, brain scientist, Magazine "Alt for Damerne" 43/2011.