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Veli-Jussi Jalkanen,
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20.01.2017

Brain health affects good mental health

Gratitude is good for mental health care, but it alone is not enough.

Good mental health is also affected by sleep, physical activity, especially in nature, stress, social relationships, the type of entertainment, the ability to slow down and unwind, and in particular the condition of brain health.

Brain health is a different matter, because also the way of life affects it.

Brain health trends are looking gloomy in Finland. There are a quarter of a million people with a diagnosed memory disease, and as many are just not diagnosed yet. Hundreds of thousands will get a memory disease within the next 10-20 years. Taking care of the people with memory diseases is super expensive and depresses both the persons responsible for public finances and the families of the diseased, and scares the absent-minded.

E.g. Alzheimer's disease, "the third sugar disease", and Parkinson’s disease could be almost entirely prevented with sensible measures. The same high blood sugar that makes one fat, also exposes one to Alzheimer’s. Changing the diet to low-carbohydrate, increasing exercise, reducing stress, preventing thyroid diseases (hypothyroidism) and gastro-enteritis, and getting enough important nutrients would prevent them effectively.

People should eat fiber 4-6 times more. In addition, one should give up empty and harmful calories and eat nutrient-rich food. In addition to this, we also need additional nutrients, because even our good food is impoverished and our energy consumption levels are too low for us to obtain the sufficient amount of protective nutrients.

Vitamin D (100 - 200 mcg), Omega 3 (1-2 g), Mg 600 mg, Se 200 mcg, iodine (150 mcg), Zn (25 mg), Cu (4 mg), vitamin C (2 g), Cr (200 mg) - this combination would have quite an intensive effect.

Not eating additional nutrients is just as reasonable as saying to a farmer: don’t feed your animals minerals, and when they get sick call the doctor who gives them painkillers and antibiotics.

Pillows that don’t press the neck and good posture at work (new ergonomics) increase cerebral blood flow (relaxed neck muscles) and thus brain health; exercise does the same.