Explore the health and well-being issues concerning MRIs, meditation and memory.
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Learn about MRIs, Meditation and Memory If you’ve ever been to the doctor with concerns about your brain function or cardio-vascular system or other maladies pertaining to soft tissue in the body, chances are you have to go in for MRI. The full name is actually NMRI but nucleo-magnetic resonance imaging doesn’t sound half as enticing as magnetic resonance imaging so the N was dropped. MRI’s provide an excellent way for experts to have a good look at what is going on in the body’s soft tissues. Such as blood vessels, intestines, the joints and muscles and the brain. It is way more detailed when computer tomography or CT Scanning. If there is not enough color contrast between the body’s tissues and a certain pathology. A contrasting agent or dye maybe administered to the patient. There are some concerns over the effects that drinking gadalenuim compound has on the kidneys. Alternatives are being developed but in general MRI’s are safer for you than CT’s and good old fashioned X-Rays. X-Rays use ionizing radiation, MRI’s use non-ionizing radiation so there is no chance of malignancy in the future. Everybody is looking for that magical little pill that will help live to 100. But the secret to longevity maybe simpler than that, the answer is to stop looking and just sit still and close your eyes. Meditation has been shown to improve health on a number of levels. Stress reduction is key to a healthy existence; meditation decreases the amount of stress chemicals like creosols in the blood. If practiced long enough, stress chemicals won’t be even be manufactured by the brain in anywhere near the amounts they used to be prior to your practice. Even when you are in a midst of a stressful situation, meditation is indispensable to the asthma sufferer. If an attack is experienced and medication not at hand betake breathing may save the day, chronic pain can be lessen with regular meditation. And women are even using meditation in child birth to reduce pain and shorten the labor, it is mind over matter. As if we actually needed an excuse to enjoy a delicious tub of sweet blueberries. Scientist has proven that these little gems are so pact with flavanoids that they stimulate the area of the brain, responsible for memory and learning. Goodbye Alzheimer’s, matching on an apple a day will increase a sidle co- line a valuable neuro-transmitter which helps nerves communicate more swiftly and accurately. Japanese researchers have found that the chemical in onions helps to eliminate toxins from the brain. Be sure not to over cook it though. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may help fight off an enzyme responsible for Alzheimer’s. They are packed with glucose inlets which destroy memory damaging chemicals in the brain. Cherries are packed with memory protecting flavonoids too. In fact if you keep up with your five serves of fruit and vegetable per day. Keeping your choices varied and seasonal, you are bound to find some memory enhancing foods in your basket. Serve them with a plate of Omega 3 rich fish and you will never forget your keys. Meditation can be learned in Yoga Classes or for free at the local Buddhist Temple.