Corey Vanderwouw: Lifestyle medicine and brain fitness

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Are you interested in maintaining or excelling with your memory and brain efficiency? Are you recovering from an illness or brain fog and wish to become sharper? Are you a determined individual dedicated to highest level intellectual performance? If so, you may wish to consider an evidence-based practice known as brain fitness.People at all stages of life with all types of lifestyles can benefit from brain fitness activities. Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, author of “Brainy Health and Lifestyle Medicine” teaches that brain fitness can emphasize a brain’s cognitive recovery, preservation and enhancement. A recovery focus includes things like healing from surgery, post concussion, chemotherapy and depression (individualized recommendations are best for these). A preservation focus includes those who want to maintain their status, like people who have memory issues or want to stop a decline in mental efficiency that may be related to aging. An enhancement focus includes anyone who wants to build or excel in their job or other intellectual capacity.It is important to note that brain fitness can be affected by a whole Lifestyle Medicine approach. There are six aspects of health of which we can take control in order to improve our health and …

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