Greta B’s November Newsletter, “When You’re Brain Says, ‘Bite Me'”

Greta B Fitcamp FounderWhen Your Brain Says, “Bite Me”

If you’re reading this then you probably weren’t turned off by the subject header for this newsletter. Rather, you, like me and countless others, are encountering those ever-increasing moments when your mind is simply in overload, overwhelmed and offline.

Brain Overload

You know, you’re trying to remember the name of the gal you just ran into at Starbucks who chatted you up in such a friendly manner as you frantically tried to recall HOW you know her and WHERE you last encountered her.

Or, you’re pacing back and forth in your home looking for your sunglasses and catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror with a pair of Ray Bans perched right there on your cranium!  OMFG.

“Cognitive decline so soon?” you lament. “I’m losing it!” you whine. Probably not. Your brain is just rebelling against the constant INPUT and lack of TLC that it needs.

Power of De-Stressing Your Mind

We all have bandwidths that are increasingly populated by WAAAAAY too much info, tidbits (both trivial and terrific) and buckets full of stress-filled thoughts. We all need a bit of neuronal Roto Rooter action. Or, as my brother Billy used to aptly say, “A brain douche!”.

In the book I conceived and co-authored, “The Immortality Edge” we talk about the negative health effects of stress and the positive benefits of DE-STRESSING through meditation.

The book is a prescriptive based upon Telomere Biology. It provides a practical program for improving telomere health through proper nutrition, exercise, supplementation and relaxation/de-stressing.

Why the focus on a practice like mediation? Not because of the airy-fairy aspects of the practice, but because of the SCIENCE that supports just how powerful a health and longevity ally it can be.

Stress at the Cellular Level Is a Killer

An acclaimed and oft-cited study by Dr. Liz Blackburn (no relation) showed conclusively that telomeres are shortened by stress. Also described in the study was the affect that the degree and amount or duration of time the stress was experienced correlated to the degree of telomere damage. Chronic stress, Blackburn’s study concluded, could shorten human life by as much as a decade.

Learning to Practice Meditation

One of the most dramatic and effective ways to battle stress is through meditation. Again, the science is there to support this claim. The Transcendental Meditation organization has a library of evidence supporting the effectiveness of that technique in eradicating a wide variety of health (both mental and physical) ailments. And that is just one form of mediation. There are countless others-many of them with equal scientific data to support the efficacy of the practice.

Ten Minute Mediation Course Coming Next Week

Next week you can dip into a transcendent state, give it a first time try, or add to your current mediation strategies with the first of my FREE guided meditations,  Brain Food for Busy Boomers. All you’ll have to do is click on a link that will be up next week at and zone out for a quick ten-minute refresher.

With the Holidays coming, the stress is only gonna get more intense so please check in next week, give it a try and consider it my early Xmas gift to you.

Love ya!

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Greta Blackburn is an actress, fitness magazine editor and Founder/Director of Greta Blackburn’s FITCAMPS, which have taken place for over 20 years in locations ranging from Malibu, Maui, and Mexico to Las Vegas and served as training symposiums for fitness professionals and other interested men and women from all over the world. Today the focus at Fitcamp is making 100 the new 50.

In 2011 Greta co-authored, “The Immortality Edge” with Michael Fossel, MD, PhD. (author of the pivotal 1997 tome “Reversing Human Aging”) and Dr. Woynarowski with research and solutions based programs based on the emerging field of Telomere Biology.

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