Ask me anything: brain health and cognition

In terms of complex biology, the brain commands. We asked Sharon Sha, a Stanford neurologist, to understand how the brain controls our movements, behavior, thoughts, and memories — and how things change when things go wrong. For #AskMeAnything, he talked about it. All things neuro – from how you can sharpen your mental acuity to what happens when a memory is lost.

Sha, a specialist in the care of patients with cognitive and neurodegenerative disorders, weigh were involved in numerous questions related to the brain and cognition, as well as a look what it was like to work the actor Chris Hemsworth who played Thor Marvel Studios in several “Avengers” movies) in a docuserie.

Below is a collection of questions and answers hosted on our Instagram account. The following questions and answers have been lightly edited for clarity.

What can be done to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?

Great question! The best way to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is to exercise.

There is a lot of data that shows that exercise helps stimulate the brain (and more will come!). Similar when we get an increase in endorphins Meanwhile by exercising, we can create something that feeds the brain in the body. Some scientists believe that a neurotrophic factor derived from the brain or a protein called BDNF helps the brain and memory center (du hippocampus), in particular.

Other ways to reduce risk include keeping the brain stimulated, eating a Mediterranean heart diet, sleeping well and socializing.

The best advice for sharpening student attention / concentration?

Take a break! There are data that support a 20-minute walk in nature that also helps improve concentration. The thinking behind this is that it puts a constant stimulus on technology a high demand for our attention (emails, text messages, etc.), but disconnecting and paying attention to nature’s sight and sound improves our attention and working memory.

When a memory is lost, is there a way to return it?

Unfortunately, if memory loss is lost as a result of Alzheimer’s disease, there is no return. The best thing yes do everything you can to reduce your risk of dementia with measures like exercise, healthy eating, keeping your brain active, socializing, sleeping well, and feeling good! Someone can use it parts for a brain that works well for solutions, such as keeping lists, using a calendar, maintaining routines, and asking for help.

What it was like to work Thor aka Chris Hemsworth?

Chris was amazing. He is such a professional. He was the producer of a documentary series National Geographic filmed about the potential of the human body so he would give great ideas and suggestions for content. It’s so funny, even though I think I’m having more fun!

Sharon Sha and Chris Hemsworth. Credit: Nutopia

Are there any foods better for your brain?

The Mediterranean A healthy heart diet is best for your brain. We don’t know what’s on the diet that helps our brain, but it’s likely that a lot of muscle protein, vegetables and fruits and few fried. If not your culture MediterraneanI usually suggest no changing your diet completely. On the contrary, I recommend eating healthier versions of your popular foods, increasing vegetables and shrinking fatty foods. Unfortunately, there is no magic food or pill we can take.

If I’m forgetting passwords or forgetting why I went into a room, is this normal or is it a sign of cognitive decline?

We all went into a room and forgot the reason we did. This can be part of normal aging, distraction, or poor sleep! It can also be part of a degenerative disease like dementia. Whether it affects symptom patterns and the ability to function independently can help you understand this symptom to find out if there is a dementia like Alzheimer’s disease.

There they are should I do any exercises or memory activities with my grandmother (short-term memory loss)?

What does your grandmother like to do? Does she enjoy gardening, knitting, talking about old memories / photos, dancing, listening to music? Let their interests guide you and encourage you to talk about them, interact with them, teach them! The things that stimulate him will help him keep his brain as sharp as possible and teach you more about him!

How does music affect the brain?

No one knows how it affects the brain. However, music can have strong connections to emotions that can “tag ”memories very well such like when an old favorite song brings back memories and feelings related to the song. Therefore, I often suggest that patients with Alzheimer’s disease play old and happy songs to inspire and calm us down.

Does playing puzzles or other games help prevent memory loss?

Yes! But it doesn’t have to be puzzles or games. Anything that stimulates your head is good for the brain. Something that is interactive is even better for your brain!

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