(PhD – Neuroscientist/Neurobiologist)
Nationally noted brain health advocate and research expert, Senior Research Fellow of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, Former Director of Research for The Amen Clinics
(MD – Neurosurgeon/Neuroscientist)
Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
(PhD – Neuroscientist)
Professor Department of Medicine and Neurology at David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA, Director of UCLA’s Alzheimer’s Center/Research Lab, Associate Director for Research at the Geriatric Research and Clinical Center for the US Veterans Administration of Greater Los Angeles
(MD – Neurologist)
Director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology, Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Sports - Neurology Section
(R.H.N. – Nutritionist)
Natural health industry pioneer, author, and media personality, Founder of Naturally Savvy Media, Inc.
(R.D./C.D.E. – Nutritionist)
Nationally recognized expert on the relationship between diet and health, Director of Nutrition for California Health and Longevity Institute
Together, we are your Brain Health Coaches and we’re pleased to welcome you to MyBrainHealthCoaches.com, a site committed to helping you understand the workings of the brain and help you maintain your brain’s health and vitality. Here you will discover the latest news, information, insights and advice involving brain health – from daily stimulation exercises and nutrition to stress reduction techniques and the most current advancements in medical technology.
We have dedicated our professional careers to practicing in the fields of Brain Health, including Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Research, Neurology, Sports Neurology, Nutrition, Stress Management and Holistic Medicine – and we join forces to make MyBrainHealthCoaches.com your most comprehensive resource for brain health available online. Your Brain Health Coaches are leaders in our respective fields, focused on bringing you cutting-edge insights on how the brain is affected by health, nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress.
Brain Health remains at the forefront of national news and is a high-priority issue for consumers, healthcare providers, researchers and governmental officials. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that 35.6 million people worldwide are suffering from declines in cognitive ability and memory – statistics that have encouraged the agency to increase its efforts in expanding brain health education in this area. As your Brain Health Coaches, we look forward to exploring with you critical brain health topics such as Tumors, Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss, Loss of Sharpness, Cognitive Decline, Depression and much more – and to help guide you towards brain health longevity through an extensive array of tips, advice and techniques.
It is our mission to be a constant guide and resource and, as such, we will continue to add informative content in the form of relevant technical neuroscience and medical research. We will translate this into language and coaching counsel that is understandable and hopefully, easy to apply.
Thank you for joining with us here at MyBrainHealthCoaches.com. And please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, suggestions or comments you may have.
Neuroscience & Research
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Keys to Better Brain Health
Read tips and techniques that you can use to optimize brain function and improve the health of your brain.
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Why Brain Health Matters?
Your brain is your body’s most complex organs and its function powers your life.
What you eat, how you sleep, how much you exercise, how well you manage stress are all critically important to your brain health.
Maintaining cognitive function as we age – processing information, making sound judgment and keeping clear perspective – is the key towards achieving a more active and productive life as we grow older.
Your Brain Health Coaches in the Press
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In the Press
Blogs from Your Brain Health Coaches!
Dr. Keith Black
The Risk Factors of Alzheimer’s Disease
Here is Dr. Keith Black, Chairman and Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles and Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at the world-renowned hospital. We are proud to have Dr. Black serve as a member of the My Brain Health Coaches Advisory Board!
Alzheimer disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with cognitive decline and is the most common form of dementia in the elderly. Approximately 13% of people over the age of 65 and 45% over the age of 85 are estimated to have Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association over 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s – and that number is expected to rise to 15 million by 2050.
TOP FIVE MINDFULNESS TIPS FOR BRAIN HEALTH
1) Take time every day to meditate, even if you only have 5 minutes, it will make a HUGE difference in your life. Studies show that meditation has a profound effect on Brain Health. It is one of the most powerful tools there is to help us restore the harmony within and to gain access to our bodies inner intelligence.
2) Be aware of your breath. Most of the time we are shallow breathing in our chest, when optimally you want to be belly breathing. Set a timer on your phone throughout the day reminding you to pay attention to your breath. After some practice it will become second nature and you’ll begin to experience its overall calming effect. Your digestive system will thank you as well.
MEDITATION IN MY LIFE
When I started mediating in college, I wasn’t doing it because I wanted to improve my brain function, quite the opposite, I was trying to get away from my brain, that incessant internal dialogue that was keeping me up at night and not letting me get any sleep. I didn’t want to take any prescribed medication and so I started looking at other modalities and meditation kept coming up as a possible solution that could help alleviate my insomnia. This really resonated with me, so I signed up for a class and my journey into the fascinating field of meditation began, and after six weeks of regular practice, I was sleeping straight through the night, I was beyond hooked. That was twenty years ago, and looking back on my life now, I honestly don’t know how I ever got by without it.
Dr. Kristen Willeumier
Promoting Brain Health
We at My Brain Health Coaches are extremely pleased to welcome renowned Los Angeles-based neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier as our brand ambassador, Dr. Willeumier has devoted her distinguished career towards researching the brain-body connection. A nationally-renowned advocate for brain health, she has a passion for sharing her extensive research on brain function and longevity. She has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Neuroscience, PLOS One Neuromapping and Therapeutics, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Nature Obesity, Minerva Psychiatrica, Brain Imaging and Behavior, the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Advances in Mind Body Medicine, Clinical Neuropsychologist, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Open Neuroimaging Journal, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Nature Translational Psychiatry and The Journal of Systems and Integrated Neuroscience.
Brain Health Tips
Here’s some Brain health tips from My Brain Health Coaches’s very own ambassador D.Kristen Willeumier.
Train your brain with daily exercise: Just as we lose the muscle in our body over time, our brains can diminish as well – and just as weight workouts add lean muscle to the body, performing regular brain exercises can increase the brain’s cognitive reserves. In researching the brain scans of older adults, findings show that physically active people maintain their motor skills better than those who are sedentary, and that physical activity can help build cognitive reserve that serves to protect motor function from age-related brain damage. “The brain thrives on novel learning,” says Dr. Willeumier. “In order to slow down brain aging, you want to continually expose it to new stimuli. Passivity can lead to atrophy – it pays dividends to keep the mind active.”
Stress and Your Brain
Learning to minimize stress can help you to maximize the health of your brain! Here’s CogGegevity’s Ambassador Dr. Kristen Willeumier with a word or on the subject of stress and your brain!
We will always have stress in our lives. However, how we manage chronic stress can have a significant impact on our brain health. Chronic stress and high levels of cortisol create long-lastingbrain changes. Source: Neuroscientists have discovered how chronic stress and cortisol can damage the brain. A new study reconfirms the importance of maintaining healthy brainstructure and connectivity by reducing chronicstress.
Why the Brain Needs Sleep
Kristen Willeumier, PhD
Scientific Advisory Board, Black Brain Health LLC
Insufficient sleep is a public health issue, with an estimated 50-70 million adults in the US having a sleep related disorder.1 According to the CDC’s Vital Health Survey studying the behaviors of 76,669 adults, nearly 30% report sleeping less than 6 hours per day.2 We often think that our brain should function more efficiently with age, but a study performed in 903 cognitively healthy adults as part of a longitudinal aging study found that sleep problems impact executive function, which may impair our ability to make proper decisions, maintain focus and attention, and to stay organized.3 Insufficient sleep not only impacts the operational capacity of our brain but also increases the risk for other health problems including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
THE BEST OF BRAIN HEALTHY ENTREES
Maple mustard salmon with lentils
1 Tbsp. olive oil
½ onion, finely chopped
1 cup yellow or red lentils, rinsed
1 qt. reduced sodium, fat-free, organic, chicken broth
8 oz. kale or spinach, chopped
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 (5 oz.) skinless salmon filets
Improve and protect your brain with food!
Aging bodies, and the brains in them, do go through changes but there is no need to assume that Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are a natural part of aging, because they are not. While there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s, you can certainly utilize good nutrition as a means to help protect yourself from disease and stave off problems as you age.
The latest neuroscience research is emphasizing that one of the most important keys to keeping our brains functioning well, is eating a well-balanced healthy diet. This will ensure that you are getting a variety of beneficial nutrients and help maintain a healthy weight. It is important to note that the foods listed for brain health are the same ones recommended to prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. One can say the bottom line is to simply make wise choices in what you eat to keep your body healthy and mind vital. But exactly what are those wise choices? Which nutrients/foods can really make a difference?