6 Pillars of Brain Health

The 6 Pillars of Brain Health

  • Physical Exercise– People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Spend up to 30 minutes a day to improve your cardiovascular health. Activities such as walking, jogging, or riding your bike outside are fantastic ways to improve your health.
  • Food and Nutrition– As we grow older, we are exposed to oxidation from lifestyle and the environment. Oxidation damages brain cells. Eating foods rich in antioxidants can fend off the oxidation effects in the brain. Eating green also has brain health benefits. Bad fats such as trans fats, along with other sugar-loaded, processed foods can debilitate your brain’s function. As they say, you are what you eat.
  • Medical Health– Diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety, head trauma, higher cholesterol, and smoking all increase the risk of dementia. Remember to check-in with your doctor and take medications as prescribed! It is important to not ignore emotional and mental health, since the risk of mental illness increases if ignored.
  • Sleep and Relaxation– A good night’s sleep energizes you, improves your mood/immune system, and may reduce buildup of beta-amyloid plaque, an abnormal protein. Practices like meditation can help improve your brain health and sleep habits. See our Sleep Awareness blog post for more information on how sleep can affect you.
  • Mental Fitness– Mental exercise is just as critical as physical exercise. Doing brain exercises can improve your brain’s function and promote new brain cell growth, which is great against developing dementia. With games like Sudoku, My Brain Trainer, and Brain Age 2, brain exercises are easy to practice whenever available. Doing organic exercises are also a great tool, including doing math in your head, keeping a journal, and learning a musical instrument. The more your brain is put to the test, the more active it is!(6)
  • Social Interaction– Having an active social life can protect you against memory loss. Studies have shown that people who communicate with others are memory boosters – they have the slowest rate of memory decline. It is also able to lower blood pressure and can improve life expectancy.

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What Does Eggs Have to Easter?

Why do we have Easter eggs?

Although eggs were a symbol of fertility and rebirth in pagan cultures, Easter eggs were used by early Christians to symbolize parts of the Easter story. Easter eggs represent the empty tomb from which Jesus resurrected.

In early Orthodox churches, Easter eggs were blessed by the priests and distributed to the congregants at the end of Paschal vigil, which is the Saturday before Easter known as Holy Saturday. In some denominations today, Paschal vigil is still observed where a service is held on Saturday morning or night. The service is similar to a Christmas Eve service. During the Paschal vigil, Scripture is read, candles are lit, and baptisms take place.

During the service, Easter eggs are handed out to symbolize Jesus’ resurrection: The hard shell represents the sealed tomb and the cracking of the egg represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

While it might seem like a strange tradition to hand out Easter eggs in a church service, early Christians abstained from eating eggs and meat during Lent, a period of 40 days where Christians fast, repent, and pray to prepare for Easter. Therefore, Easter was the first time Christians could eat eggs.

As a symbol of Jesus’ tomb and resurrection, Christians developed different traditions surrounding Easter eggs.

Why do we dye Easter eggs?

The early Christians of Mesopotamia began the custom of dyeing Easter eggs. Originally, Christians dyed eggs red to represent the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross. Over time, this tradition spread throughout eastern Orthodox churches and eventually made its way to Catholic and Protestant churches in Europe.

 

According to Good Housekeeping, early Christian missionaries dyed the eggs different colors to represent different aspects of the Easter story. They used yellow to represent the resurrection, blue to represent love, and red to represent the blood of Christ. Sometimes, the missionaries would paint biblical scenes on the eggs and hide them. This is one of the earliest forms of the Easter egg hunt.

Why do we hunt for Easter eggs?

Early Christian missionaries hid Easter eggs painted with biblical scenes for children to find. The children would find the Easter eggs and tell the story associated with the paintings. Therefore, early Easter egg hunts helped children learn about the significance of Easter.

One of the earliest Easter egg hunts that most resembles the modern Easter egg hunt can be traced to Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a key leader in the Protestant Reformation. During this time, men would hide eggs for women and children to find. The joy the women and children experienced as they found eggs mirrored the joy the women felt when they found Jesus’ tomb empty and realized He had risen.

Just like early Easter egg hunts, we hide eggs for children to find. For our modern Easter egg hunts, we hide special goodies inside each egg. Therefore, when children open the Easter eggs to find their surprise inside, they experience happiness and joy—the same happiness and joy Jesus’ followers experienced when they heard the Good News of His resurrection.

What are other Easter egg traditions?

Every year, the White House hosts their annual Easter Egg Roll. Egg rolling is a symbolic reenactment of the stone rolling away from Christ’s tomb. At the White House, children are invited to roll their eggs across the lawn. At the end of the event, the children receive a commemorative wooden egg.

 

Having its roots in the Greek Orthodox tradition, children across Europe and eastern countries play egg tapping. In its early days, red eggs were cracked together when people exchanged Easter greetings. Eventually, it evolved into a competitive game for children. The children are given hard-boiled eggs, and they hit each other’s eggs against one another. The winner is the child that has an intact egg at the end.

The history behind the Easter egg traditions are embedded in the roots of early Christianity. Understanding the different symbols of Easter eggs may give us something new to teach the children in our lives.

Article from Easter Eggs: What Is the History Behind This Tradition? | Chase Oaks

Why Do We Want to Free Britney?

What has caused a huge stir among social media to “free Britney?” In 2007 Britney Spears was issued a conservatorship with her father, Jamie Spears. Since that time Britney has had reportedly no say in how she spends her funds.

Since her estate was put under this conservatorship she has reporteldy earned $600 million dollars with her music and concerts. She is unable to spend any of her money without permission from that conservatorship.

In 2019, her father stepped down from managing issuing temporary control to a new individual by the name of Jody Montgomery. Britney Spears attorney is currently petitioning for Jody to continue to manage her conservatorship.

The whole thing had me ready to protest on her behalf. While much of Britney’s medical condition and overall issues is confidential and private the conversation that this stimulates is very much essential. If you were going to have someone else gain full control of every decision you made who would you appoint?

This is an important question because it takes you full circle to aging adults across the land that end up with cognitive changes that prevent them from making their own decisions. Without the head shaving and the $600 million, you become BRITNEY.

  1. Who should decide where you live?
  2. Who decides how you spend/save/use your money?
  3. What would you want them to know before you end up in a crisis that perhaps make you lose your voice. (Remind you of a certain Royal interview???)

Britney, Whether you are getting a voice or not you are teaching the rest of us to find ours. XO – CayCare.

Health Eating Tips – Low Salt

If you are really wanting to watch your salt, corn chips aside. I recommend you start with some easy tips.

  1. Avoid adding salt to foods that naturally have salt.
  2. Consider salt substitutes or adding other seasoning that makes the food taste good. Experiment for what is right for you.
  3. Look at the DASH diet. Here is a book that explains it or you can search yourself.

    Dash Diet Health Plan : Low-Sodium, Low-Fat Recipes to Promote Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Help Prevent Diabetes by John Chatham

Coffee/Tea Spots Near CayCare for the Girls

CayCare picked some of our favorite coffee hotspots to laugh with the girls. Check them out below. Looking forward to seeing you there with my own girls. Aging never looked better on us!

  1. Electric Coffee House – 905 Main St, Sumner, WA, 98390 @electriccoffeehouse
  2. British Bites – 720 East Main, Puyallup, WA, 98372 @british_bites
  3. Craft 19 Coffee – 1201 Main St, Sumner, WA, 98390 @craft19coffee

Please weigh in on Facebook or Instagram your favorite place and make sure to tag that company! We want to share the love with local businesses when giggling. 😊