Age-Proofing Our Brains for Better Living with Marc Milstein PhD
Original Air Date Wednesday, March 1, 2023
The inability to focus on the task at hand plagues all of us, sometimes. But there are times when distractions such as our phones, long to-do lists, and multiple people wanting our attention can be more mentally taxing than others.
So, what can we do to build our mental resilience, improve memory, reduce stress, and live longer happier lives? To help clear out the cognition clutter, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks to doctor and author Marc Milstein about a blueprint we can use to age-proof our brains for better living. Dr. Milstein shares excerpts from his book, The Age-Proof Brain: New Strategies to Improve Memory, Improve Immunity, and Fight Off Dementia, and cites examples of how a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, and physical movement can boost our immune system and stave off dementia.
Marc Milstein PhD — Age-Proofing the Brain:
- Marc reminds us that the brain is like a battery that needs recharging. [1:52]
- Marc Milstein offers tips to optimize our brain function to improve memory, focus, and productivity. [3:51]]
- How age-proofing the brain protects the immune system. [9:56]
- The role of a healthy diet on the brain’s ability to focus on a task or test. [11:26]
- How physical exercise contributes to good mental health and minimizes the risk of dementia. [14:56]
- How sleep helps to flush the brain of toxins and to problem-solve. [19:36]
Dr. Marc Milstein specializes in taking the leading scientific research on brain health and presenting it in a way that entertains, educates, and empowers his audience to live better. He earned both his PhD in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA. He has conducted research on topics including genetics, cancer biology, and neuroscience, and his work has been published in multiple scientific journals.
Book: The Age-Proof Brain: New Strategies to Improve Memory, Improve Immunity, and Fight Off Dementia
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“If we want to tone a muscle we repeat an exercise multiple times with a light weight. It's the same thing for mental fitness. Click To Tweet“Sleep is something that most people in the western world are deprived of.” @LisaKamen on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“The brain gets tired. It's a muscle. It gets fatigued. Click To Tweet“The brain doesn’t want to fill up with useless information or things the brain figures are not important.” @drmarcmilstein on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Non-distracting focus at some point during the day can be remarkable for productivity.” @drmarcmilstein on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“Our stress response is related to our immune response so if we have unmanaged stress it can cause the immune system to go awry.” @drmarcmilstein on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet“What we eat can impact how clearly we are thinking and how well we are performing on a task or a test.” @drmarcmilstein on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “Our mental health is related to our hippocampus as well.” @drmarcmilstein on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet “People who have a faster-paced walk … tend to have a more youthful brain.” @drmarcmilstein on @HHTalkRadio Click To Tweet
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