Brains! Are we stuck with what we have?

This entry is part 3 in the series Improve Your Life, Improve Your Mind

Moving on to the next post in the theme:

Improve your Life, Improve your Mind.

B is for Brains which run the world!

That’s according to Daniel Amen, an American celebrity doctor who practices as a psychiatrist and brain disorder specialist. I only discovered him (mainly on Youtube) recently and he’s fascinating to listen to!

He points out that brains run the stock market, the local markets, huge corporations, governments, schools, churches, families . . . and so it goes on.

Yet when did you last think about caring for your brain?

If you’re like most people, you only think about it when it seems to be going wrong. 

What a huge mistake! Because our brains are who we are!

“When your brain works right - you work right. When your brain is troubled, you have trouble in your life.” Daniel Amen Click To Tweet

Dr Amen states that we are not stuck with the brains we have now.

Brain Flow

It seems that a low brain flow is the number one brain imaging predictor of Alzheimer’s disease. It is also responsible for many other brain deficiencies.

The bad news is

if you have a low blood flow and you do nothing to reverse it, you will end up with serious memory loss in the future.

The good news is

it can often be reversed. And that’s where this series comes in.


What amazed (and alarmed) me is that hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the main causes of low brain flow. He points out if you put a water hose under pressure, less water comes out. Interesting.

And scary.

If, like me, you have high blood pressure, you need to take the medication prescribed by your doctor, but aim at keeping it at the optimal range. (Discuss this with your doctor.)

Also any vascular or heart disease is likely to cause low blood flow. So ask your doctor to check your heart and monitor your blood pressure.

So during the next weeks we will be learning about things we are doing that may be harming our blood flow, and I will share with you ways you can improve your life as well as your mind.

Interested? Keep reading, and don’t forget to share anything you try and how it helps. We’re in this together!

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27 comments on “Brains! Are we stuck with what we have?

  1. Seriously an interesting topic. True that we have never thought or given importance to something that does every actions. Is it not the fault of that SAME Brian that it did not inform me to take care of it 🙂

    Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip!

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  6. Interesting! I didn’t know the link between low blood flow and Alzheimer’s. I think it’s true that most of us don’t really think about the health of our brain until it goes wrong.

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  8. It is scary and true. I never want to go back to those days of 2015 when my brain started to misbehave and made my life a hell. I wish I will never experience those days again. Brain – so tender and soft – sometimes turn hard as stone to make our life a disillusion.

  9. Thank you very much for sharing this, although I am skeptical but perhaps I just know exceptions to the rule. I was born with hydrocephalus or fluid on the brain and so I’ve been interested in the intricacies of the brain for some time, especially the brain’s ability to rebuild itself. I agree with you that people need to put more effort into maximising brain health, b ut the frist step is to realize that you can change who you are and be willing to have a go. These things seem to be bigger hurdles than you’d think.
    Best wishes,

    • Thanks so much for the visit and for your input, Rowena. I agree that so much of this thinking is new and so it can be difficult to establish what is true and what is theoretical. My main goal for this series is to put some thoughts out there and get us thinking about the topic. We take so much for granted when there ARE new ideas out there that may just lead to solutions or at least help.

    • LOL! Thanks for your visit, Leanne. I never had any blood-pressure issues until a year back (when my body just seemed to decide it was time it paid me back for all the wrong stuff I’d been feeding it!) Suddenly one evening my blood pressure shot up into stroke-territory and I was rushed to hospital. I am now on medication for life (unless something miraculous happens) and as I look back I really wish I’d known then all I’m learning now. Then maybe this wouldn’t have happened! Still there seems to be lots more to prevent for the future! 🙂

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