Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Exercise Repairs the Brain

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 08:34 AM

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

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Exercise has been shown to have numerous benefits, even at the level of brain cells. For example, regular, vigorous exercise has been shown to cause special cells in the brain to increase their production of repair chemicals called neurotrophins.
 
People with Alzheimer’s disease have been shown to have much lower levels of neurotrophins than normal.
 
In addition, exercise improves blood flow to the brain and increases protective antioxidant enzymes. People with minimal cognitive impairment, thought by some to be an early stage of dementia, can reverse memory problems with regular exercise combined with a proper diet. (Find more details on how you can keep your brain from the ravages of dementia by reading my report "Save Your Brain.")
 
Exercise causes the body to produce tremendous concentrations and types of free radicals and the production lasts for hours after the exercise is finished. This can be a double-edged sword.
 
The burst of free radicals stimulates your cells to produce higher levels of antioxidant  enzymes, which is very good. But it can also deplete your body’s antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and other chemicals, such as glutathione. This is very bad
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This means you should keep these protective substances at adequate levels by regular supplementation. The amount will depend on your intensity and duration of exercise.
 
It is also important to use a mix of antioxidants because they each neutralize specific forms of free radicals.
 
While most exercises are good, it is important to exercise all of the muscles and to always include resistance exercises, as these build and prevent muscle loss, strengthen spinal discs and ligaments, and prevent a loss of bone calcium.
 
Exercise also improves blood flow and lymph flow to tissues and organs. Deep breathing during exercise specifically increases the flow of lymph (a second circulatory system in the body) in lymphatic vessels, including the heart and lungs. This cleanses the tissues of toxic buildup.
 
After exercise, it is important to rehydrate. (To learn more about what's in the water you're drinking, read my special report "Is Your Drinking Water Fit to Drink?") This is best done with distilled water with magnesium added, which you can do yourself by emptying a 500
mg capsule of magnesium per gallon of water.
 
You should drink at least 12 to 16 ounces of water after exercise.
 
For more of Dr. Blaylock's weekly tips, go here to view the archive.
 

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