From Daniel Amen, MD:
8. Chronic insomnia/sleep apnea: Research suggests that people who get less than 7 hours of sleep at night have lower overall blood flow to the brain and poorer cognitive functioning.
7. Erectile or sexual dysfunction: When blood flow is good to the sexual organs, it is also good to the brain.
6. Low energy: When people feel physically tired it is often due to low brain function.
5. Overweight or obesity: Being overweight increases your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, depression, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. New research studies have shown that as a person’s weight goes up, the actual physical size of his or her brain goes down!
4. Depression: Depression by itself is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.
3. Short attention span/distractibility: Having a short attention span or being easily distracted is often a sign of brain dysfunction and can wreck havoc in your life!
2. Poor judgement/impulsivity: The quality of the decisions you make is a direct reflection of the health of your brain: and it is the quality of your decisions that determines your success in life.
1. Poor memory: One of the most important questions in diagnosing early dementia is whether or not your memory has deteriorated in the past 10 years. If your memory is worse than it was 10 years ago, you need to be concerned.
Good news! There are several things you can do to help your brain: Doing neurofeedback, eating a better diet, adding supplements to your diet, and physical exercise can help your brain be it’s best!