Synopses & Reviews
The essential, must-have guide to staying sharp and mentally activeand#8212;from a former Surgeon General and the experts at Canyon Ranch.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When it comes to aging, most of us understand how to keep our bodies healthy and fit, but few of us know where to begin when it comes to taking care of our brains. Do you want to improve your memory, sharpen your thinking, increase your attention span, and boost your mental energy? If so, Dr. Richard Carmon provides all the information you needand#8212;including healthy living tips, step-by-step exercises, recipes, and a thirty-day program for maximizing your brain function.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Synthesizing the cognitive science behind memory, sleep, stress, and addiction, andlt;Iandgt;Canyon Ranchand#8217;s 30 Days to a Better Brain andlt;/Iandgt;is the definitive guide to caring for your brain, whether youand#8217;re approaching your elder years or still in your quarter-life crisis. Guiding you through the anatomy of the aging brain, how stress and toxins affect your mind, and the importance of sleep, Dr. Carmona lays out a thirty-day nutrition, exercise, and medical plan to help you achieve optimal brain health. Youand#8217;ll also find answers to all your questions, including how your health is affecting your brain, what foods to eat and what to avoid, whether or not supplements are necessary, what important medical tests to ask your doctor about, and how best to challenge your brain. Also included are techniques for practicing mindfulness, meditation, and spiritual contemplation.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The immense benefits of this thirty-day program include better memory, mood, and sleep; faster, sharper thinking; more energy; quicker reflexes; safer driving; improved attention span; and much more. Combining the best of traditional and alternative therapies, behavioral science, and exercise physiology, this indispensable guide will help you maintain and enhance a strong, agile mind so that your body does not outlive your brain.
"Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General and current president of the Canyon Ranch Institute, offers a multi-part program for improving general health and mental acuity. According to Carmona, following the program will help readers become 'calmer, more relaxed, and thinking and feeling better than ever before.' Chapters address brain function and health as well as stress, detoxifying, and improving sleep before detailing the program itself. Sections on nutrition and exercise provide readers with options within specific goals. The suggestion to 'eat more veggies and fruits' is followed by a helpful list of produce with antioxidant properties. The section on meditation and energy healing may prove a turn-off to readers who are averse to New Age thinking ('nvite the universal positive and healing energy... to enter your body'). Most recommendations are supported by scientific studies although not all are referenced in the end matter. Carmona features various methods to keep the brain challenged, as 'a lifetime of learning is what gives you the mental horsepower to keep your brain strong,' and includes recipes for brain-healthy meals and snacks. Though the ideas here aren't groundbreaking, the book is solid and should prove useful to anyone interested in staying sharp as they age. Agent: Carol Mann, Carol Mann Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, is the President of the Canyon Ranch Institute, Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, and the Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He also served as theandnbsp;seventeenth Surgeon General of the US from 2002 to 2006.