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SHIELD to Lower Alzheimer's Risk

SHIELD yourself to lower Alzheimer’s disease risk

from Harvard Health

Besides exercise, research has shown other lifestyle factors are linked with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, a neuroscientist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, designed a guide called SHIELD to address these key areas.

S: Sleeping seven to eight hours. Adequate sleep helps the brain clear out amyloid plaque and other toxins, high amounts of which are linked with Alzheimer’s disease.

H: Handling stress. Stress induces the adrenal glands to produce and release more cortisol, which may have an adverse effect on memory and cognitive function.

I: Interaction with friends and family. Chronic loneliness doubles the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, some studies suggest.

E: Exercise. Regular aerobic activity helps induce neurogenesis.

L: Learning new things. Learning increases synapses (communication channels between neurons) and improves the brain’s resilience.

D: Diet. Plant-based eating patterns like the Mediterranean and MIND diets promote a healthy gut microbiome, which may play an important role in maintaining brain health via the gut-brain axis — the link between how the gut and brain communicate with each other.


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Common Stretching Mistake

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Stretching properly will give you the best benefits and will help you to avoid injury. Here are some common mistakes people do while stretching:

• Bouncing. 

• Not holding the stretch long enough. 

• Stretching too hard/too fast. 

• Stretching without warming up first.

• Not knowing the goal of the stretch.  

• Not honoring your comfort zone. 

• Compromising posture and position. 

• Not using the right stretches for your body, your goals, and your current needs. 

• Not stretching often enough.  

• Not utilizing your breath.  

• Not giving stretching the same focus as the rest of your workout.  

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