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What are the best strategies to boost our bodies and our brains? It’s difficult to separate the real science from crazy health fads. Faced with immense information overload, we don’t know what to believe. Furthermore, most of the scientific breakthroughs aren’t necessarily applicable to preventing illness or enhancing our health just yet. However, remarkable advances in medicine in the past decade presented us with considerable opportunities and the motivation to raise the bar on our commitment to our health.
The fields of neuroscience and genetics revealed dramatic data: superfoods, dynamic exercise and meditation are not only good for your heart and brain, but they can also alter your entire genome and DNA right down to their very tips. Recently, brain health has become a priority and the demand for methods to promote brain health has never been higher. However, there remains a tremendous gap between what the general public thinks is brain-healthy engagement and what science actually backs.
Neuroplasticity refers to the changes in brain structure and nerve pathways due to our environment, physical activity, behaviors, thinking and emotions. The big implication here is that if our brains change themselves based on our experiences, then by changing our experiences, we can actively reshape our brains. The fact that our brains and genetic materials can heal, repair, recover and renew provides the much needed drive to improve our brain health by implementing these fives strategies into our lives.
Of course, these strategies are easier to read about than to put into practice. No one gains mental stamina and body strength overnight; these are skills we have to learn, implement and, most importantly, sustain over the long term. By turning these strategies into lifelong habits, we can ensure that our brains and bodies stay healthy and continue performing at their best.
Dr. Linda Friedland is a medical doctor, media personality, best-selling author of seven books and sought-after international speaker. She is an authority on executive and corporate health, women’s wellbeing, as well as stress management, resilience, and performance.
With a professional career of more than 20 years in clinical medicine and over a decade of healthcare advisory and consulting, Dr Friedland is a leading authority on health and performance. She is an international advisor to many of Fortune and Forbes' top global companies, and she designs and implementshealth, lifestyle, and disease prevention programs. A highly-rated international speaker for numerous global organizationsand an author of several books, she has spoken in more than 30 countries in the past few years. She travels frequently to deliver keynotes and consult for corporations throughout Asia, North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Linda consults on corporate health andwellbeing as well as women’s health, leadership and performance.
She is also advisory board member for several international healthcare companies including the Shanghai-based JUCCE (Joint US–China Collaboration on Clean Energy) and the China —A New Way to Eatinitiative: a project of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Friedlandresides mostly in Australia and is married to Peter, a surgeon. She is a mother of five.