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Change Your Brain, Change Your Body
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Change Your Brain, Change Your Body
Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted
The key to a better body is a healthy brain. Based on the latest medical research, as well as on Dr. Amen's two decades of clinical practice at the renowned Amen Clinics, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body shows you how to take the very best care of your brain. With fifteen practical, easy-to-implement solutions Dr. Amen shows you how to:
• Reach and maintain your ideal weight
• Soothe and smooth your skin at any age
• Reduce the stress that can impair your immune system
• Sharpen your memory
• Increase willpower and eliminate the cravings that keep you from achieving your exercise and diet goals
• Enhance sexual desire and performance
• Lower your blood pressure without medication
• Avoid depression and elevate the enjoyment you take in life's pleasures

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body is all you need to start putting the power of the brain-body connection to work for you today.
The key to a better body is a healthy brain. Based on the latest medical research, as well as on Dr. Amen's two decades of clinical practice at the renowned Amen Clinics, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body shows you how to take the very best care of your brain. With fifteen practical, easy-to-implement solutions Dr. Amen shows you how to:
• Reach and maintain your ideal weight
• Soothe and smooth your skin at any age
• Reduce the stress that can impair your immune system
• Sharpen your memory
• Increase willpower and eliminate the cravings that keep you from achieving your exercise and diet goals
• Enhance sexual desire and performance
• Lower your blood pressure without medication
• Avoid depression and elevate the enjoyment you take in life's pleasures

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body is all you need to start putting the power of the brain-body connection to work for you today.
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    THE BRAIN-BODY SOLUTION

    Ten Basic Principles to Change Your Brain and Your Body

    Develop brain envy.

    Loving your brain is the first step toward getting the body you want.

    Over the years, I have personally had ten brain SPECT scans to check on the health of my own brain. Looking back, my earliest scan, taken when I was thirty-seven, showed a toxic, bumpy appearance that was definitely not consistent with great brain function. Initially, I didn't understand why. All my life, I have been someone who rarely drank alcohol, never smoked, and never used an illegal drug. So why did my brain look so bad? Before I understood about brain health, I had many bad brain habits. I practically lived on fast food and diet sodas, worked like a nut, rarely got more than four or five hours of sleep at night, and didn't exercise much. My weight was fifteen pounds above where I wanted it, and I struggled with arthritis and had trouble getting off the floor when I played with my children. At thirty-seven, I just thought I was getting older.

    My most recent brain scan at age fifty-two looks healthier and much younger than my first scan, even though brains typically become less active with age. Why? Seeing other people's scans, I developed "brain envy" and wanted mine to be better. As I learned about brain health, I put into practice what I'm teaching you and what I've been preaching to my patients for years. In doing so, I got more than just a better-looking brain. I also feel more energetic, look healthier, have lost weight, and have better body tone, no arthritis, and smoother-looking skin.

    In this chapter, you will find ten basic principles that explain why it is essential to love and nurture your brain in order to have your best body possible. These are the same principles that underlie our work at the Amen Clinics, where we have helped thousands of people learn to love their brains in order to improve their bodies.

    TEN PRINCIPLES TO CHANGE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR BODY

    1. Your brain is involved in everything you do.

    2. When your brain works right, your body looks and feels better. When your brain is troubled, you have trouble with how you look and feel.

    3. The brain is the most complex organ in the universe. Respect it.

    4. Your brain is very soft and housed in a really hard skull. Protect it.

    5. The brain has only so much reserve. The more reserve you have, the healthier you are. The less reserve, the more vulnerable you are.

    6. Specific parts of your brain are involved in certain behaviors. Trouble in specific parts of your brain tends to cause certain behavior problems. Understanding your brain can help you optimize it.

    7. Many things hurt the brain and make it harder for you to get the body you've always wanted. Many things help the brain and make it easier to get and keep a body you love.

    8. Brain imaging gives great insight into healing the brain so you can have a better body.

    9. One prescription does not work for everyone--we are all unique, and you need to understand how your own personal brain functions.

    10. Yes, you can change your brain and body!

    PRINCIPLE #1

    Your brain is involved in everything you do.

    Your brain controls everything you do, feel, and think. When you look in the mirror, you can thank your brain for what you see. Ultimately, it is your brain that determines whether your belly bulges over your belt buckle or your waistline is trim and toned. Your brain plays the central role in whether your skin looks fresh and dewy or is etched with wrinkles. Whether you wake up feeling energetic or groggy depends on your brain. When you head to...

About the Author-
  • DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He is a regular contributor to Men's Health and has published nineteen books, numerous professional and popular articles, and a number of audio and video programs. For more information, please visit www.AmenClinics.com.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Daniel Amen's vast knowledge of how the brain works sounds accessible in this encyclopedic guide to improving one's health and appearance. Listeners can credit Marc Cashman's uncommon vocal talent for making it sound so engaging. His sincere enthusiasm is steady and fresh--not an easy feat with the technical content and advice that are restated in various ways throughout the lengthy program. The author explains how brain health influences emotions and thinking, and how these factors influence decisions to indulge in poor health habits like unhealthy eating, inactivity, exposure to toxins or chronic stress, and failure to use products that can help us. Using up-to-date rationales and recommendations, he shows how healthy brain functioning can help us do what it takes to look better, stay healthy, and feel happier for a long time. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 15, 2010
    Prolific self-help author Amen (24 titles and counting) is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who's found self-help success with a lively, populist style. In his follow-up to bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, he jokes that "most people care more about their face, their boobs, their bellies, and their butts" than their brains, but makes the serious point that "it's your brain that decides" whether you overeat or starve yourself, exercise or vegetate. Using 21 brain-scan images ("Since 1991, the four Amen Clinics have performed 54,000 brain scans" to diagnose patients), Amen illustrates the importance of a healthy lifestyle for proper brain function. Contrasting "brain robbers," including alcohol, smoking, and stress, with "brain enhancers," Amen discusses the immediate and long-term benefits of (among other techniques) physical activity, balanced eating, and natural medicines, benefits which include relief from depression, ADD and other psychic ills commonly treated with prescription drugs (though he doesn't rule out pharmaceuticals as a backup method of treatment). Using clear explanation and anecdotes from his work, Amen presents an interesting slant on a well-worked topic, despite a heavy sales pitch for his own line of supplements.

  • BARRY SEARS, Ph.D., author of The Zone "Daniel Amen continually demonstrates why he is truly one of the most original thinkers in medicine today. As he correctly points out in his newest book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, the brain is the integration center that ultimately controls not only the way we think and feel but also the way we look. More important, he provides the dietary advice that has been clinically demonstrated to improve brain function. If you want to optimize your life, this book is a must-read."
  • EARL R. HENSLIN, Psy.D., author of This Is Your Brain on Joy "Buy Change Your Brain, Change Your Body for yourself, the people you love, and your physi­cian. . . . This book can save your life, improve the quality of your life, and motivate you in helping those people that you love!"
  • MICHAEL GURIAN, author of The Wonder of Girls and The Wonder of Boys "Change Your Brain, Change Your Body is a marvelous book. . . . Highly readable and hard to put down, it is packed with insight, information, and practical tools for the care of both adults and children."
  • LEEZA GIBBONS "Dr. Amen has been my source for a better brain for a long time. I have been a student and a fan, but this is new. If a 'brain boost' can give me a better body, I say bring it on!"
  • HYLA CASS, M.D., coauthor of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health "In this entertaining and user-friendly book, Dr. Amen gives you a scientifically based, indi­vidualized plan for your own brain and body chemistry, helping you optimize every aspect of your health and well-being. No side effects--only side benefits!"
  • ANDREW NEWBERG, M.D., noted brain imaging researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and coauthor of How God Changes Your Brain "Change Your Brain, Change Your Body is an essential book for anyone trying to improve their body and their health. By blending cutting-edge research with his wealth of clinical experience, Dr. Amen has presented this material in a way that fully integrates what we know about the connection between the brain and body. Dr. Amen's unique perspective is a tremendous gift for so many seeking out how to achieve a better state of mind and health."
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