Cerebral Cardio (Exercise and Brain Health)

One of the most pertinent relationships between exercise and brain health has to do with blood flow.  Anything that reduces blood flow throughout the body (such as reduced pliability of arteries, arterial plaques, high cholesterol, and long periods of inactivity) also reduces cognitive function because, well, less blood flow to your brain.  Reduced blood flow especially impacts the medial temporal lobe of the brain, which governs short-term memory.  It’s no coincidence then that this is often the first noticeable symptom of cognitive decline.

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Endurance Training: The Fruits of Your Labor

I was asked by a few people to write a blog post about training for endurance events, like a marathon, while following a plant-based lifestyle.  Coincidentally I happen to be training for my 26th marathon which I will run in Buenos Aires, Argentina this coming October!  I went 100% plant-based long before I developed my distance running addiction, which means all of my prior 25 marathons were fueled completely by plants.  It's worth noting that despite all this running, I have never endured a running related injury to which I credit my plant-based lifestyle (and smart training of course).  

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