Whilst measuring the components of natural capital in any region is a relatively straightforward process, both the task and the rationale of putting a monetary valuation on them, or on the value of the goods and services they freely give us, has proved more contentious.  Within the UK, Guardian columnist, George Monbiot , has been critical of the work of the government's Natural Capital Committee and of other attempts to place any sort of monetary value on natural capital assets, or on the free ecosystem services they provide us with. In a speech referring to a report to government which suggested that better protection of the UK's freshwater ecosystems would yield an enhancement in aesthetic value of £700m, he derided attempts 'to compare things which cannot be directly compared'.  He went on to say:
Your Brain: Use It or Lose It
When we meet an elderly individual with mental acuity, we are inspired. We say things like, ''Can you believe she’s 90? She seems so much younger! Still sharp as a tack.''
Although dementia does have a genetic component, lifestyle has a tremendous impact on whether history will repeat itself. Many habits, such as exercise and healthy eating, can keep our brain cells functioning well into our elderly years. Some research even shows that seniors who keep their brains stimulated enjoy the same quality of life as younger people.
To keep your mind sharp, play games such as Scrabble, chess, and Sudoku, or do crossword puzzles. Read, go to lectures, concerts and the theatre. Learn to play a musical instrument, or study a foreign language. Anything that continually stimulates your mind and keeps you learning new things is helpful to your brain.
Most importantly, maintain friendships and social connections. An Australian longitudinal study found that older adults with the strongest network of friends were 22% less likely to die during the study than those with weaker social networks.
Don't call a plastic surgeon to delay getting older! Grab a friend, go for a walk, or play a game of Scrabble. Do what you can to slow the aging process naturally, and enjoy all of your years to their fullest!
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This was a very informative article as I have an autoimmune disease. I have had it for 19 years. It is getting better over the years from me changing my eating habits. However, I have never been told by my neurologist or primary Dr. anything such as is in this excellent information Dr. Kim has provided. I gave up pork 19 years ago because it gave me extreme headaches, and they said it caused my polymyositis because I was producing too many enzymes. I gave up beef when watching an anti-meat documentary on how cows were killed. I gave up chicken when fasting and realizing I wasn't in pain, after having been for 17 years, from not eating chicken. I only eat fish now hoping to alleviate that also. I have started juicing, smoothying and eating more vegetables and fruits. From reading this article it looks like I need to eat less fruit and more vegetables. I have incorporated 5 Super Greens, Vegetable based protein for days when I don't juice. My health is getting better each year, but this article will help me to heal even faster. Thanks much for your clear and methodical way of explaining the digestive system and meat based protein and its affect on the body and how to prevent and heal autoimmune disease.