Tips for a Healthy Brain
We all have the power to accomplish extraordinary results in our lives by tapping in to the brain’s potential. Discover how to improve your brain power, memory and overall success with three simple steps to a healthier brain.
1. Diet plays a huge role in brain health, and, luckily, it is in our hands.
Eat clean - Choose real food that grows in the ground, mainly fruits and vegetables, which are especially high-antioxidant and anti- inflammatory foods; adding in real foods reduces exposure to neurotoxins in processed foods that damage or destroy brain cells and their ability to communicate (MSG, aspartame/artificial sweeteners, dyes, refined sugar).
Choose foods that are particularly beneficial for flushing out heavy metals and other toxins, healing brain tissue, supporting healthy neuron signal transmission, providing glucose to the brain, calming the mind and strengthening the central nervous system:
glucose (brain’s fuel) - fruit, especially berries and bananas
berries - bursting with flavonoids, a group of potent antioxidants that protect brain cells
from oxidative damage, berries reduce inflammation and promote the production of
brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that stimulates the formation of
new brain cells
cilantro - removes mercury and other metals that are toxic to the brain
wild blueberries - draw heavy metals from brain and help to heal and repair tissue
omega 3s - key structural component of brain cell membranes and nerve cells, omega-3s are
strongly anti-inflammatory. This is important since chronic brain inflammation
contributes to depression, anxiety, brain fog, and ADHD and even serious degenerative
disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Foods rich in omega 3s are walnuts, arugula,
flax and chia seeds.
healthy fats (brain "super fuel") - avocado (high in tyrosine, an amino acid that’s a precursor
to dopamine, the brain chemical that keeps you motivated and focused), olive oil
(monounsaturated fats support the production of acetylcholine, the memory and
learning brain chemical) and MCT fats like coconut (MCTs are found in human breast
milk and are added to baby formula since they’re essential for babies’ developing
superfoods - cacao boosts serotonin, anandamide; spirulina draws out heavy metals from
brain, central nervous system and liver
organic foods - reduce toxic chemicals to the brain; reduce GMO exposure (disrupts the
neurotransmitter cascade in the brain)
water - makes up 75% of the brain, but most of us are chronically dehydrated. Even mild
dehydration results in shrinkage of brain tissue and temporary loss of cognitive
function. Forty-one studies on fluoride in water concluded that it lowers IQ.
2. Shift self-talk
Experts estimate that we have some 50-75,000 thoughts per day, 70% of which are negative. What are you repeatedly saying to yourself? Recognize the voice behind the self-talk as someone other than you. Reduce negative self-talk and add in supportive thoughts.
3. Exercise and deep breathing practices
Oxygen to the brain stimulates neural function by increasing BDNF, Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein that’s integral in keeping existing brain cells healthy and stimulating new brain cell formation.
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