Do you need to use one of those tools that helps you reach the canned peaches in the back of the tall cabinet? Beware! According to the information in the online article “Your Body’s Ten Weirdest Health Clues,” if you’re not a long-armed lucky, you may be at risk for Alzheimer’s:
“Have a hard time reaching the top of your kitchen cabinets? Women with the shortest arm spans were 1 1/2 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those with longer reaches, found a recent study. (Find yours by spreading your arms parallel to the floor and having someone measure fingertips to fingertips; the shortest spans were less than 60 inches.) Nutritional or other deficits during the critical growing years, possibly responsible for shorter arms, may also predispose a person to cognitive decline later in life, say Tufts University researchers.
Prevent it: Put your appendages to good use with a hobby such as painting or pottery. A five-year study from the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center found that adults who spent the most time engaged in engaging leisure activities were more than two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who spent less time challenging their brains.”
Eden Energy Medicine offers plenty of techniques you can do to support brain functioning as well. Stress can play havoc with our memory, for instance, because when we are “fightin’ it or flightin’ it” our brains are robbed of most of the blood and oxygen that helps us to think clearly, problem solve, take in information and remember things.
Here’s an easy exercise from Eden Energy Medicine that will help improve your memory while reducing the symptoms of stress.
How to Keep Your Memory Sharp
For your memory to stay intact over the years, it is necessary for energies to flow freely through the suture lines in your skull. While these junctures tend to become less flexible with age, a simple procedure that will take about a minute each day can keep oxygen and cerebral-spinal fluids, as well as subtle energies moving through them:
1. Place your left hand over your heart and your right hand on the right side of your head, palm next to your right ear, fingers extended upward over your head.
2. Breathe deeply four times while holding this position – in through the nose, out through the mouth. Raise your body with the in-breath, relax it with the outbreath.
3. Move your right hand to the back of your head, and repeat the breathing.
4. Now place your right hand over the right side of your chest, your left hand by your left ear, and repeat the breathing.
5. Finally, place the palm of your left hand on your forehead with your fingers going up onto the top of your head and again use the same breathing.
Do this daily, perhaps when you first sit down at your desk, computer or TV, or while you are warming up the car, and you will not only be helping to retain your memory, you will be maximizing its effectiveness.
Another exercise that supports the flow of energy across the midline of your brain is the cross crawl. The cross crawl eradicates brain fog, muddle thinking, short-term memory loss, word-finding difficulties, word-reversals and even clumsiness! It’s simpler than pie to do and can give you a burst of energy and clarity during the middle of your day.
You can do it standing or sitting. If you stand, march in place for thirty seconds. If you sit, make sure it’s in a chair with a firm seat to give you adequate support. You can make sure you are doing it right by tapping the opposite knee with the other hand.
Last but not least, the Crown Pull is another way to bring blood flow to the brain (always a plus when you’re trying to think clearly!), open your mind to new ideas and inspiration and rid yourself of a headache.
Begin by placing your fingers in the center of your forehead. Now push in and pull your hands apart from each other towards the temples. Lift your hands away from your head and shake off the stagnant energy. Repeat this “push-in/pull apart” pattern all the way across the crown and down the back of your head and neck, until you can easily rest your hands on your shoulders. Let them hang there for 20-30 seconds. Now drag them across forcefully, given your shoulders a good massage as well. Let your hands drop into your neck. Breathe in deeply and exhale through the mouth.
Alzheimers is a complex issue that may be helped or prevented by these exercises. However, you don’t need to wait for extreme problems such as Alzheimers or dementia. These three exercises are just as useful for the daily struggles we all have with occasional short-term memory loss, concentration, clear thinking and learning. In addition, they can be used to improve dyslexia and menopause-related memory problems.