As first responders, our brains and our nerves are under an incredible amount of stress. That stress is causing problems.
Our brains and nerves are wearing out too fast. They’re not performing as well as they could be. And they’re not performing for as long.
But the truth is, it’s not really the job causing the problem. The job just makes the problem worse.
Deaths Up 200-300%
In fact, Americans in general are seeing an unsettling rise in the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's between 1990 and 2010. Parkinson’s deaths have doubled while Alzheimer’s and other dementia deaths tripled.
That’s not what we want for you or those you love.
Fortunately, there’s now solid proof that we have more control over these nasty diseases than we once thought.
Learning From the “Mindspan Elite”
Dr. Preston Estep of Harvard Medical School recently coined the phrase “Mindspan Elite” to talk about how we can not only live longer but live better. In a recent interview he said:
“Lifespan refers only to longevity, while “mindspan” refers to the mind’s length of life plus it’s breadth and height of performance. The pinnacle of living isn’t just a long lifespan, it is a maximum mindspan.”
Dr Estep has identified a group of people he calls “Mindspan Elite.” These people live very long lives and remain alert, active and as independent as people decades younger.
And while genes are a factor, they are not nearly as influential as we once thought. Science now tells us that up to 75% (or more) of longevity is controlled by our environment and not by our genes.
If you’re wondering what all is included in your environment, you’re not alone. In short, it’s virtually everything that’s not your genes. For a more thorough explanation than we have time for check out this article on Forbes.
This is good news! Because this means if we change our environment, we can increase our mindspan and quality of life.
After all, living a long life actually sucks if it’s not a healthy life. So how do you make sure there’s more life in your years?
The first thing you want to do is protect and take care of your brain.
10 Secrets for a Healthier Brain
These 10 tips may sound familiar. It would be easy to dismiss them since you’ve heard them before. Or, maybe it’s time to start taking these into consideration and actually start trying a few out...
Just pick a Couple
It would be tough for anyone to implement all 10 of these suggestions. So keep the list handy and try adding 1-3 per month over the next few months.
When you do you’ll find yourself feeling better, thinking more clearly, and creating a lifestyle that will support you for years to come.
And that, Hero, is what we want for you and those you love.
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