The brain goes through millions of changes every year, according to Dr. Eric Widhelm, Ardmore chiropractor.
“At the time of birth we have the most neurons (a brain cell) that we will ever have in our life. From that point on they begin to die off. There is good news to this however. You can actually effect how quickly or slowly they die off by the choices you make,” Widhelm said. “The brain requires two things to function and grow - fuel and activation. Fuel primarily comes in the source of glucose and oxygen. Activation comes through body movement, social interaction and challenging mental tasks.”
One of the worst diseases that comes from a rapidly dying brain is Alzheimer’s - most know it as the loss of memory disease. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with it today and the U.S. spends more than $200 billion a year on it.
Here is one of the memory boosting tips Widhelm recommends:
Tease The Memory: Play games or do things that require you to remember lists of words. The more you challenge your memory to work harder the better it will be. Try memorizing phone numbers or tracing a a mad in your head of
driving from point A to point B.