You don’t need an expensive scan to get a glimpse at your brain.
Just take a peek at your feet!
As we get older, we all get slower. ALL of us.
Heck, even Usain Bolt is about to retire from running before he slows down — and he’s only 30!
So, don’t be TOO alarmed by what I’m about to tell you.
But if you’ve slowed down by more than just the usual step or two… if you’re holding up the sidewalk traffic when you’re out for a stroll… if you can’t even cross the street without angry stares from waiting drivers… that might not be the work of time alone.
It could be a warning sign of a problem in your BRAIN!
New research once again finds a link between slower walking and a lagging mind.
And if your once hare-quick step has turned into the trudge of a tortoise, your risk of dementia could skyrocket.
In the new study, seniors tracked for 14 years were put through the simplest walking test of all: They were timed for a distance of just 18 feet.
That’s it. Fewer than 10 steps.
Folks who lost 0.1 seconds per year over 14 years saw their hippocampus melt off like butter in a hot pan.
You don’t want ANY of your brain butter to sizzle away… but you REALLY don’t want to lose anything off your hippocampus, which is so critical to memory and cognition that these same folks were 47 percent more likely to develop cognitive impairment, which is the first step on the path to dementia.
I know. There’s no way in heck you’re doing to notice losing 0.1 seconds off your step.
It would take an Olympic judge with a stopwatch.
But that’s per year.
Over 14 years, that adds up to nearly 1.5 seconds slower for a walk that should only take about 4 seconds to begin with. That’s something you absolutely WILL notice, as will anyone you’re walking with (especially if you’re the one always falling behind).
Now, if you’ve slowed down — or if you’ve got a loved one who can longer keep pace alongside you — don’t go into panic mode.
Go into ACTION mode.
There’s no drug that can stop your hippocampus from shrinking and your gray matter from melting away. But natural therapies can often do the trick — and studies show a B complex of B6, B12, and folate can SLOW and even STOP brain shrink, cutting the risk of cognitive decline and even helping to improve a fading memory.
I’ll have one more tip coming up later today, and you’re going to LOVE this one. I guarantee it.
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