BDNF BDSM bring healthy heart brain memory

A few years ago, the bestselling 50 Shades of Grey novels unleashed the acceptance of healthy foreplay (using light BDSM) in the bedroom or elsewhere. AARP and other online sources indicated that active foreplay calorie use and improved heart rate, anecdotal from use of a fit-bit.

BDNF(Brain-derived neurotrophic factor) are processes that are are a family of biomolecules – nearly all of which are peptides or small proteins – that support the growth, survival, and differentiation of both developing and mature neurons. Within the brain, BDNF is released by either a nerve cell and binds to a receptor on a nearby nerve cell. The associative process prompts the increased production of proteins associated with nerve cell survival and function. Basically, BDNF is an active neurotrophin that helps build cognition and memory. BDNF production is one theory that helps prevent onset of Alzheimer’s. Is it fully automatic?

According to neurologist and author Dr. David Perlmutter, activity and a ketogenic-type diet may help initiate BDNF activity to improve brain health longevity.

BDNF is like a neuron growth hormone. As a normal progression of aging, many hormone production levels decrease. Studies are exploring the possible roles reduced BDNF might have with developing memory decline. The study’s conclusion was a little unclear of what lifestyle changes might need changing if BDNF regulation is, indeed, a factor of Alzheimer’s Disease development.

Dr. Perlmutter believes that low-carbohydrate diets, in addition to aid BDNF constancy also may reduce body inflammation that might influence heart and brain health. Perlmutter further breaks down what carbohydrates are better than those you’re eating now.

It’s a shared belief between Perlmutter and other neurologists that walking, running, or any aerobic exercise helps release BDNF that helps develop synaptic growth in the mid-brain. The area is the hippocampus that is often associated with moods and memory. One existential psychology theorist had a pretty cute explanation about this area. He believed the hippocampus was a picture book of our memories – what we like or dislike.

Of course, discussing routine, lifestyle dieting and doing it are two different realities.

Of course, one possible way to boost memory is coffee. We love our coffee. The caveat is no sugar or milk. The key ingredient is caffeine. Johns Hopkins study showed that caffeine helped retain long-term memory. There was no correlation whether BDNF was part of the coffee test results. Coffee, as the most consumed beverage, also has been studied to show other benefits.

Doctors and theorists seem to agree that modified ketogenic diets coupled with exercise or any consistent aerobic activity offer many healthy benefits. The BDNF hypothesis is helped along by ketogenic dieting and activity offering a package of body and brain benefits.

Consensual, intimate BDSM (dominant/submissive) might be a physical, calorie burning activity that might promote a good heart rate and possible BDNF through creativity and challenges. It is not deemed normal by many. It’s kinky. Yet it evokes much interest.

In BDSM alternative lifestyle role-play, the leader demands obedience from the following partner. Done well, the challenges might really tax thinking and BDNF production. Role-play is an activity and can be challenging and fun. It does require healthy communication in the game. Using BDSM as foreplay (along with a diet) might be an alternative to walking rapidly for 45-minutes. Even Italian researchers associate sexiness with BDNF. The thorough research was admittedly from a small sample of subjects. For BDNF, that’s amore.

Health also evokes much interest and the thousands of bestselling books (i.e. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain book), response to content often resounds with a giant thud.

That may be due to the sugar that has been added to package foods is like a deadly drug and artificial sweeteners that we love and can’t change our addiction with. We are slaves of sugar! We are the subjects of a planned system that sugars are good. It is difficult to disobey. Any alternative is an acquired taste or seen as punishment.

Then there are the 0 calorie artificial sweeteners!!

Still want to sweeten your coffee?

In light of longevity, or general health, the potential benefits of leaner bodies and robust memories face insurmountable challenges from the lifestyles we’ve adopted. Modifying those perceptions are akin to being a masochist – and as socially inappropriate. Yet it takes little work if motivated.

Recently, several BDNF testing procedures have begun. There are also studies of BDNF saliva tests. BDNF neuroscience and cognitive researchers, over the past few years, have not accurately assessed quantities and qualities required to assure BDNF optimal ranges for possible memory retention and reduction of dementia symptoms. Neurologists, however, agree that ketogenic diets and aerobic physical activity together stimulate BDNF production in the brain.

If someone proved that BDNF was really a great way to preserve memory, would you follow a ketogenic diet and exercise?

Standing is healthier to fight sedentary lifestyle?

Is your workplace killing you? It’s a possibility. At 8-hours per day, work covers one-third of your life. It contributes to a sedentary lifestyle that is further enhanced at home. Thoughts are rising about how a sedentary lifestyle may be hazardous to your health. Dong something about it is easier said than done. Yet, each day you wait may result in some toxicity that is avoidable. Is standing healthier to fight a sedentary lifestyle? Are you ready to explore this further? The answers may surprise you.

It doesn’t take a lot of sense to figure out that there are several health implications due to more sedentary lifestyles. New studies are demonstrating how lower activity levels impact physiological activity in your body.

Physiology aims to understand the mechanisms of living – how living things work. Human physiology studies how our cells, muscles and organs work together, and how they interact. Changes and greater access to different modes of transportation and mechanics over the past 500 years may have affected human physiological systems. Some say they constitute the basis of new motion diseases and pains over the past few decades.

20th and 21st century technology improvements have radically changed lifestyle choices. More people rely on vehicular transportation than walking. People sit while listening to radio, watch TV, and “work” at their computer. Thankfully, mobile technology is helping take radio, TV, and computing features here and there but more people continue to sit. On the positive side, hand muscles may develop as more people text than speak on those mobile devices.

One recent study of young people, age 2 to 18 and their sedentary ways. Observations that the tested people spend 2–4 hours per day in screen-based behaviors and 5–10 hours per day sedentary. Some say that parents use TV as a form of babysitting. According to an article published by the American Association of Pediatrics, use of tablets is increasing among 6-month to 4-year age groups, sacrificing some other motion-related activities.

A relationship between sedentary behaviour and deleterious health consequences was noted as early as the 17th century by occupational physician Bernadino Ramazzini. Ramazzini catalogued how activity can change the make-up of nerves and muscles and the onsets of certain diseases. He is regarded as the father of occupational medicine by many.

Occupational medicine has become a multidisciplinary approach in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of workplace injuries and illnesses. Researchers in this field offered significant research in keyboard designs and the prevention of repetitive motion diseases affecting hands and forearms. Occupational medicine has explored and developed ergonomic approaches to prevent such diseases in offices and other work places. Some of those ergonomic approaches and recommendations are often not adopted by work areas or easily adapted by individuals.

The ramifications, however, are spreading wider beyond the scope of merely workplaces. Harvard researchers found in a recent February study involving more than 92,000 women that the more time participants spent sitting at work, driving, or watching TV, the greater their risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, or strokes. Basically, “too much sitting can lead to death” so excessive sedentary behaviors may be as threatening as smoking. It can also be addictive. Some believe that sedentarianism is an addictive disorder.

Many workplaces, where people spend approximately one-third of their lives, seemed interested in using work stands over traditional desks. One company, HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales software company, purchased sit/stand desks that raise and lower with the push of a button for all 650 employees this year after staffers started asking for them. This simplistic and costly suggestion and implementation did not work as thought. Standing may burn more calories than sitting as hearts work harder to circulate blood upward. Standing also puts more strain on our veins, backs, and joints, especially if we’re overweight. This is why more chairs were introduced in workplaces over 100 years ago. Remember Bob Cratchett’s high desk in the Christmas Carol?

Prolonged standing causes health problems too. Plenty of studies show that it may significantly increase the risk of carotid atherosclerosis (a disease of the arteries in your neck) due to the extra load on your circulatory system to move blood to your brain. This may translate to the possibility of a stroke.

A study on economic costs of pain discussed that over 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain from muscles and joints. The study found that the annual costs of pain were higher than the 2010 expenditures of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Finding sources of pain and treatments might be beyond most Americans through lack of adequate insurance and knowledge. Highly technological diagnostic tests may be used to pinpoint possible sources. Where there is no specific cause, doctors may provide a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or rheumatism. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic muscular disorder characterized by widespread pain, diffuse tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. Rheumatism is often associated with arthritis but a more debilitating form. Both might be associated with sedentary lifestyles but may also result from accidents and other things. The problem is that both fibromyalgia and rheumatism are blanket terms that may consist of hundreds (if not thousands) of possible causes.

Apart from steroid and non-steroid analgesics, acupuncture, or Reiki, physical therapy is most often prescribed as a possible bridge to pain relief. Physical therapy is often called medical exercise and is used for a wide scope of pain and mobility disorders. The efficacy of physical therapy has been questioned and proven as beneficial to some, long-term patient compliance tends to drop dramatically after a few sessions.

Chiropractors often discuss that gravity is a constant stressor to possible back pain and certain postural conditions that are pain associated.

More research is being focused on the effects of sedentary behaviors. If chronic pains and sedentariness prove more positive, exercise therapy may prove positive. Of course, 30 minutes of exercise daily may not reverse the possible negatives of chronically sedentary conditions, it is better than zero. Overall, physical activity lifestyle changes have been examined and recommended as probable mediators that may reduce the effects of many hours and years of being mostly sedentary.

Age, gravity, furniture, and other variables may, through your lifetime, result in agony. You could sit through it or start moving – even walking habitually at a brisk pace for a longer time span each day. It’s easier to say and listen than doing.

It is likely that most healthcare providers will recommend activity and physical therapy. Do your homework. It is strongly advisable to undergo a thorough medical examination prior to beginning a physical activity regimen. Sedentary behaviors may be life threatening but activity may be shocking to your body’s age-old balancing systems called homeostasis or survival through stability. Finding a balance between sedentary and active has been established to help support longer living and less pain.

Pain management specialists are licensed medical doctors that deal with people who have difficulties or pain associated with moving. Clinical research is continually being conducted to help determine which pain management therapies are the most effective in treating back pain and neck pain. There are various diagnostic paths to find the sources that might be ailing you. Pain management specialists are most commonly found in the following disciplines:

•Physiatry (also called Physical medicine and rehabilitation) – MD
•Anesthesiology – MD
•Interventional radiology – MD
•Physical therapy (usually Ph.D.)

The most important consideration in looking for a pain management specialist is to find someone who has the training and experience to help you with your particular pain problem. You must also find one who is willing to interact with you in positive, productive ways. Generally, other pain specialists and therapists may be involved in the course of your treatment. Guess what? Most will be anti-sedentary. That is why you need to create a cooperative relationship with the pain-management specialist who is monitoring your course of treatment. If sedentary lifestyle behaviors are at the root of your problem, they can help (if you feel positive).

One form of activity you can do at your desk is Progressive Exercise and one of the promoters is a company that produces products many professional physical therapists use. Progressive resistance exercise (PRE) is a method of increasing the ability of muscles to generate force. TheraBand is a selection of large rubber bands (generally 3 to 5 feet long each), with varying resistance gradients classed by color. There are groups of exercises that you can do at your desk or on your couch. These devices are available by many online and fitness stores. If you are in a physical therapy treatment, it may be advisable to speak with your therapist about this about whether this might apply to your condition.

Altering your current everyday tasks to increase your physical activity, may be painful if irresponsible. Sitting and moving require attention and perseverance. The acts of movement integration to your living lifestyle require patience and positive attitudes. Are you ready?

Jane Fonda and lifestyle choices pay off

Jane Fonda looked youthful and slim as she (along with Lily Tomlin) presented the best actor award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. It’s even more amazing that Fonda is an age of 77 years. It seems clear, in this case, when you consider aging and loss of lean muscles (as a state of normal) Jane Fonda and lifestyle choices have been very good investments with high pay offs.

The two-time Academy Award actress is an accomplished actor, political activist, and a fitness guru. She also had a brief stint as a fashion model. 30 years ago, at the pre-menopausal age of 47, Jane Fonda released the first of her workout videos. She continues to make them. When you consider all factors of creative and physical activity, Jane Fonda and lifestyle choices seem to have done well.

While genetics does play significant roles, fitness is associated as a lifestyle as opposed to brief focus periods. Voiced and written extensively, fitness lifestyles do pay off for nearly everyone.

The key problem is reaching your personal, enduring fitness lifestyle and integrating it into all the other things you do. It’s like a religion and there are some personal sacrifices.

Brief diets may promise loss of inches or pounds within weeks but many drop off and gain their original weight back (and then some more). Going from healthy unfit to healthfully fit is often an exception to all societal rules. It requires an obsessive focus that few people can muster.

Part of fitness lifestyles is weight loss. There are extensive libraries of ways to achieve weight loss. At Healthline.com, you will find a list of 23 popular diets and reviews. Several of these are difficult to follow.

People ask me how I manage to keep slim with my mobility problems. I indicate that it takes perseverance and exercise. I make it a point to walk each day despite difficulties and balance issues. Exercise or any movements of (at least) 20 minutes continuous can reap benefits to muscles all over your body. Exceeding 20 minutes reap more benefits but only if you can keep up a routine. Some research shows multiple short exercise periods per day may be as beneficial as a long period. But can you maintain that routine.

Gyms and recreational areas fill up for those four to six weeks of fitness related New Year resolutions but then drop to normal. Those stationary bicycles and treadmills you bought lie dormant until another year flies by.

Changing to fitness lifestyles is a slow and sometimes painful process. Weight loss and strength often are very slow. It can take about two years to shed 10 pounds or exercise up a couple levels. After years of bad behavioral habits, your body craves fatty and carbohydrate filled foods. It craves rest over movement. Starting a fitness lifestyle often means battling what your inner body needs for balance. Results are achieved when you win in the long term. Your body gets accustomed to the new lifestyle. To proceed further, you need to apply more pressure.

Your cells require fats as they are made of lipids. Certain neurons in your brain crave sugar and fats and form addictions. Withdrawals are akin to a heroin user trying to abstain.

It’s fairly easy to understand why obesity and weakness continue to expand in percentages as people become more sedentary. There’s no pain and you only gain pounds and inches. Fitness lifestyles are painful and there may be some masochism to reach that fitness-based high. I concede that fitness lifestyles begin as akin to punishments. In the long road ahead, though, it may pay off with greater happiness as you age.

So, when you see a beautiful person at any age over 50, chances are that genes and fitness have been assistive team players. At 77, Jane Fonda and lifestyle choices make many people cry with envy. Why cry? Eat wiser and then go for a walk. Do it each day. It helps if you can do this every day. Great pay offs don’t come quickly but you’ll eventually feel better.

Getting and being fit is easier when you watch and follow with these available video instructions. There are no sure things that you’ll appear as fit as Jane Fonda at age 77. When you consider Jane Fonda and lifestyle choices, your appearance, strength, energy, and attitudes may be much better as you age. The pay offs will be visible.

Skipping supplements may be dangerous to your health

A chemistry teacher once introduced the class, saying that everything on earth is a chemical. Water is a chemical. Science can synthesize chemicals. Pharmacies, supermarkets, and online resources offer hundreds of non-prescription health remedies and dietary supplements. Health remedies are usually under some government scrutiny but dietary supplements are not. Conflicts over the integrity of those supplements, that many people rely on, arise regularly. People believe supplements offer alternate routes to health and wellness. Many articles support those beliefs but there are also many that don’t. Diseases and health conditions have always existed and remedies have always been sought. From magic natural potions to scientifically synthesized chemicals, challenges of nature and nurture have been fought for the last 150 years. Are supplements healthier than meds?

Judging from the size of pharmacy stores, we are a pill popping society. There are pills for anything from analgesics to weight loss. While traditional medicines are seen a scientific approach, supplements are being promoted. Is one better than the other?

Last weekend, the New York Times ran an article advising readers to Skip the Supplements in relationship to the amazing amounts of nutritional supplements available. Supplements are used around the world and in the USA as a form of alternative medicine or4 complementary medicine. In the USA, supplements are NOT approved and tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for therapeutic use or for possible side effects. Unless advised by a medical professional or unless you’ve taken (and excelled) a course in pharmacology, you should not use supplements on small children.

Supplements, like vitamins, herbs, and other natural nutritionals, have been used for thousands of years for general health and as cures for illnesses. Possible negative side effects were unknown or not scientifically tested. Vitamin D3 is excellent for structural support and cardiovascular health and supplements of D3 are recommended but how much is good for you? Vitamin B3 (Niacin) may improve good cholesterol levels but overdose can harm your liver over time. Drugs like opium and marijuana were once seen as supplements, and marijuana (to some degree) is now seen to help some medical conditions. Did you know that Aspirin was once considered a supplement? There are benefits and consequences with everything. For the average person, taking supplements as a substitute for medicines may not always be the better choice. That’s why the Nation Institutes of Health see supplements as complementary – able to help support medical approaches.

Historically, many of the diseases humans encounter today were seen in communities thousands of years ago, as evidenced by occurrences in less-civilized areas in Africa and South America. Medicinal leaders of various tribes attempted to find remedies to these conditions but effectiveness was a gamble, an unscientific one. Science has provided faster and more efficient ways at preventing and eliminating dreadful diseases. But are traditional medicines better than supplements? In some ways, yes. In other ways, no.

There is a war among traditional medical therapies and alternative, complementary therapies that has been waging for the past hundred years. Early medicine came from alchemy, the non-medical but serious study of medicinal naturals. Prior to that, complementary therapies were the mainstream. For the previous thousands of years, using Alchemy was one of the major therapeutic paths used to aid and restore wellness. It was a skillful art passed through generations by way of children and apprentices.

Alternative therapies weren’t just derived from leaves, vegetation, and flowers. There are those that came from human contact, such as massage and acupuncture.

Science evolved in the 1800’s trying to prove the unproven. What diseases were once considered Candida, science identified as mold, fungi, and bacteria. In the 1900’s, medical researchers aimed at developing antibiotics to treat diseases resulting from these phenomena. Telescopic observation demonstrated that mold had all sorts of adaptive behaviors to infect other organisms. These were akin to Darwin’s observation of survival of the fittest. Antibiotics are natural substances that are released by bacteria and fungi into the their environment, as a means of inhibiting other organisms. Antibiosis was how mold survived over the ages.

Infectious diseases and antibiotic treatments weren’t new concepts. The ancient Egyptians, the Chinese, and Indians of central America all used molds to treat infected wounds. A 19th-century researcher, Louis Pasteur found that cooking milk helped eliminate some of the disease causing effects coming from natural milk. Pasteur lived in an era where many early medical researchers were exploring diseases like cholera and smallpox, previously identified as forms of candida.

The spread of cholera, due to poor sewage systems, were once attributed as plagues in the dark and medieval times. Churches saw these as holy curses of the unholy. Alchemists were blamed and suffered tortuous death. Yet, cholera still exists in many parts of the world. Pasteur, however, was one of those 19th-century thinkers, that helped identify treatment.

We are told that Julius Caesar and many other historic leaders suffered from epilepsy. In the 1920’s, researchers found that a ketogenic diet helped reduce epileptic symptoms, as well some other conditions.

Polio or poliomyelitis (which comes from the Greek words for grey and marrow) has stricken many through the centuries. Polio reached epidemic proportions in the early 1900s in countries with relatively high standards of living, at a time when other diseases such as diphtheria, typhoid, and tuberculosis were declining. Indeed, many scientists think that advances in hygiene paradoxically led to an increased incidence of polio. There are theories that chemical toxins used on plants may have triggered the epidemic. President Franklin D Roosevelt was a major figure with this mobility-challenging disease. Scientists postulated that Polio is caused by one of three types of poliovirus (which are members of the Enterovirus genus). These viruses spread through contact between people, by nasal and oral secretions, and by contact with contaminated feces. Poliovirus enters the body through the mouth, multiplying along the way to the digestive tract, where it further multiplies. While there is no authentic medical treatment, Jonas Salk is credited with bringing a Polio vaccine that virtually eliminated onset of this disease. The idea of that vaccine is reported to have come from a virus found in a moldy orange fruit.

But even medicine has its flaws. Some FDA approved medicines have been removed because of previously unknown harmful effects. There are discussions that antibiotics are being over prescribed for colds and misused by physicians and patients. Antibiotics are used to combat bacterial infections but some common diseases may be the result of viral infections. Overuse of antibiotics reduces effectiveness as bacteria eventually adapt to the drug.

Some believe that supplements go beyond pills and supplements. Ancient ideas targeted paths of energy and created a science beyond any science we might know. But is it scientific or complementary?

The goals in pursuing healthy approaches aren’t chemical alone. Massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic are seen as popular therapeutic complementary approaches. In some ways, these non-chemical disciplines may offer healing therapy when there are no traditional therapy. Moderate exercise, Yoga, Pilates or just walking briskly may complement health and wellness. A crucial element is diet and getting proper nutrition. The George Mateljan Foundation or WH-Foods is a comprehensive and beneficial resource. Most times, people don’t have the time or the money or the taste to pursue a healthy nutritional diet. Supplements are not substitutes for food. They are designed to complement what you’re not getting.

Based on your diet, skipping supplements may actually be dangerous to your health over the course of years. The fee becomes the inconveniences and high costs of medical care, in many situations.

The average diet does not provide all the vitamins and minerals that the human body needs. Vitamin supplements are actively advertised and find their way to store shelves. Years ago, it was found that sailors, who had limited or no access to natural fruits, developed scurvy
, a disease known to cause anemia, debility, exhaustion, edema (swelling) in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth.

There are many relationships between nutrition and health. How do consumers know the difference from synthesized nutritional supplements and those that are naturally derived? How can people be assured that the amount on the label is what their body is getting?

There are multiple vitamin supplements that seem to offer large amounts of practically everything. How are you sure that these many substances interact well with the others? How are you sure about proper absorption?

We are a naturally pill popping society. Recently, there were warnings that Bufferin has a toxic chemical in their pills. Scientists, when creating marketable pills, add inert (inactive) ingredients that allow the creation of the pill with long-term shelf storage. In the case of those popular over-the-counter drugs, the inert mix was toxic. In inexpensive vitamin supplements, those inert pill ingredients can actually mar the performance of those nutritional supplements and (possibly) your health.

Tinctures are a way to get around those inert ingredients found in pills. These are in liquid form and are dropped beneath your tongue. Why beneath? Some of these may not suit your tastes.

When taking herbs or spices, these supplements may not be as effective in pure forms as they are in their natural form. Phytophenolic combinations in natural foods may lose some properties in the conversion process.

If you are really leaning toward using supplements as a guide to health and wellness, seek out a competent nutrition practitioner or Nutritionist. Seek out one who is a Registered Dietician (RD) and fulfills the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). There are undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by many universities.

In New York City, medical facilities feature nutritionists as a way of providing integrative, holistic approaches to balance traditional medicine and supplements. Lenox Hill Primary Care, Beth Israel Center for Health and Healing are two very good places that help you find medical and nutritional health. The use of Integrative Medicine is spreading across the country, combining both traditional and alternative-complementary health care. Choose and check health insurance policies that offer this.

Standards and purity effect medicines and supplements. FDA or some other organization shouldn’t be your guide. Your life and sense of living is your primary path. While all things may not make you happy now and after, pursuing health and wellness is your responsibility. Fortunately, you live in a society that offers many choices. Whether you want to trust traditional medicine or supplements is your decision. Integrating both may be wiser but there are no guarantees. No one thing may treat what ails you. The methods may seem unorthodox but healthy aging is a good thing as life expectancies extend.