Brain Fitness

11 Stress Relievers for a Healthier Brain

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Successful aging and maintaining a healthy, active brain depend on avoiding stress, anxiety, depression and addiction. The following strategies are ways Canyon Ranch works with our guests to reduce and relieve stress.

11 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

Like other parts of the body that show signs of aging, your brain also declines as you get older. And while you can’t put your brain on a treadmill or give it a set of dumbbells to lift, there are some proven techniques that can help keep your brain fit. Check out these tips to strengthen your mental acuity.

8 Surprising Ways to Stay Sharp

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Stephen Brewer, M.D.

Research continues to uncover surprising ways to stay sharp and lower your risk of neurodegenerative diseases, including taking care of your heart, meditating and even laughing more. By adopting these and other healthy habits, you’ll live a lifestyle that promotes a sharper brain.

A Perfect Day of Brain Health

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

At Canyon Ranch, we believe that medicine, diet, exercise, spirituality and behavioral modification all play equal roles in your brain’s health. The last step is integrating them into one seamless program: a perfect day of brain health.

Activities That Work Out Your Brain

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

What’s the best way to keep a muscle healthy and strong? Challenge it. The same can be said for your brain, and certain types of activities do a particularly good job of keeping your mind on its proverbial toes. Consider putting these brain-bending activities on your to do list.

Brain Superfoods

Written by 
Maridel Reyes
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Lisa L. Powell, M.S., R.D.N.

How can food help you think faster, perform better, preserve your memory and even improve your mood? The truth is you probably have superfoods within arm’s reach right now. Nourish your brain to stay sharp today and for many tomorrows.

Choosing Supplements for Brain Health

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

At Canyon Ranch we believe that your current health status is the most important indication of what role supplements can play to prevent or delay symptoms of poor brain health. Learn more about the risk factors that make supplementation necessary.

Energy Therapies for Brain Health

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Conventional Western medicine is only one approach for maintaining and improving health, particularly when it comes to the brain. Many other effective therapies exist that have been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years and developed in other parts of the world.

How Your Brain Changes with Age

Written by 
Maridel Reyes
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

Like the rest of your body, your brain changes with each passing year. It sounds scary, but the process is natural and it happens to everyone. Take an active role in slowing negative effects and working to stay sharper, longer.

Meditate Your Way to a Younger Brain

Written by 
Susan Jara
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Nicola Finley, M.D.

Just like our bodies lose muscle mass with age, our brains begin to lose volume as we get older. While you can’t push your brain to go for a jog or lift weights, you can help it stay fit and even counteract the effects of aging—and practicing meditation can be a powerful part of your effort.

Neuroplasticity: The Amazing, Changing Brain

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

The latest advances in brain imaging have shown that the brain can grow new cells, just like every other organ in the body. The ability of the brain to change and grow is known as neuroplasticity.

Smart Eating for a Healthier Brain

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

We’ve developed eating strategies for optimal, life-long brain health. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., president of the Canyon Ranch Institute and a former Surgeon General of the United States, writes about these strategies in his book 30 Days to a Better Brain.

Stress, Depression, Addiction and Your Brain

Written by 
Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S.

Your emotional state, as well as your current mental health, can affect your memory and attention now and throughout your future. In fact, a brain that is not taxed by stress, depression or addictive behaviors can continue to grow and develop as we get older.

The (Brain) Power of Social Networks

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Cynthia Geyer, M.D.

Beyond the influence your friends and loved ones have on your wellness that’s plain to see, you may also owe them a ‘thank you’ for a benefit of their company that you can’t see—improved brain health.

The Best Way to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Written by 
Holly Pevzner
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

Alzheimer’s is a complicated, poorly understood disease, bore and more evidence shows that chronic inflammation, a process in which one’s immune system gets stuck in the “on” position and causes damage, could be behind many Alzheimer’s cases.

The Heart/Brain Connection

Written by 
Susan Jara
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Nicola Finley, M.D.

Though your heart and mind may sometimes seem to act independently in your daily life, one’s wellness is very much decided by the other. In this way, then, “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain, and what’s good for your brain is good for your heart,” says Nicola Finley, M.D., a physician at Canyon Ranch in Tucson.

Your Brain On…Exercise

Written by 
Maridel Reyes
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Cynthia Geyer, M.D.

Exercise. It’s good for the body, but it’s also good for the brain. And those mood-boosting hormones that kick in—often called “runner’s high”—are only part of the story. Regular exercise makes your brain stronger, fitter and sharper. Here’s what happens over the course of a typical workout.

Your Brain On…Sleep

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

We all aim for a good night’s rest in order to feel energized and alert the next day, but sleep is imperative to maintaining a strong memory as well as the ability to learn and recall skills and tasks—now and in the future. Give your brain the time it needs to properly transfer and store information.