Emulate residents of 'Blue Zones' for optimum health
"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." - Buddha
Much has been written about the "Blue Zones," the regions throughout the world where people live longer, healthier lives, with little disease. These are concentrations of areas where many residents reach the age of 100 or more.
How can following the habits of persons who live in these Blue Zones help us live longer, happier and more active lives?
Where are these Blue Zones?
What are the nine keys to longevity in the Blue Zones?
All of these habits are also vital to brain health.
In a recent presentation, we discussed how important it is to have regular health checkups such as mammograms, stress tests and colonoscopies. The brain is the most important of all organs and rarely do people even think about having a memory screening. But we should!
Anyone over the age of 55 should have such a screening at least every few years, or more often if they notice a change in their memory. The good news is Memory Matters does free screenings. All you have to do is make an appointment.
Brain Boosters, our eight-week course that focuses on brain health, will take place in two locations this fall, beginning Sept. 18 at Memory Matters and Sept. 21 at Hampton Lake. For more information call us at 843-842-6688.
Your homework for this week is to start a Healthy Brain Journal. Record what you ate, how often you got up and moved, how much quality quiet time you allowed for yourself. Did you spend time with people that inspire you or make you laugh?
Work on being happy and healthy, my friends. Make every day count.
Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. email@example.com