Exercise: More than 20 percent of your body’s
blood and oxygen go directly to your brain. Exercise, particularly cardio
training, effectively increases flow to your brain – keeping it a well-oiled
machine. If you’d like something a little more Zen, try Yoga. Many Yoga poses,
like Downward Facing Dog, are specifically engineered to get blood to your
brain faster. Another way to improve brain function, along with energizing
every cell within the body, is to rebound each day for at least 7 minutes.
Hydrate: If you’re looking for a little
pick-me-up, don’t reach for your usual double espresso; even if it is decaf.
Instead try drinking water. The caffeine in coffee and soft drinks temporarily
accelerate your alertness, but in the long run will make you even more tired by
dehydrating your muscles and
constricting your blood vessels. For every cup of caffeinated coffee you
consume, it takes out two cups of water from the body’s reserves. Water, on the
other hand, is a simple way to keep your mind alert and refreshed.
Find Stimulation: Decorate your work area to a
color that stimulates you but not so bright it hypes you. The correct colors
can work through boredom, fatigue and even pain; make sure to implement
environmental color psychology – keeping in mind that color feeds the
subconscious like nutrients feed the body; what are you feeding your
brain? Aromatherapy from organic pure therapeutic
essential oils can also be enormously effective since smell is the strongest of
the senses. Lemon, peppermint, lemongrass, and cypress are several scents known
to stimulate the brain.
Think Happy Thoughts: Your brain, particularly
your memory, doesn’t respond well to stress. If you’re tense, overworked,
angry, or unhappy, you’re much less likely to retain information or stay alert.
Try to eliminate stressful influences from your life and workplace. Remember:
We can afford anything in life except being around negative people….they bring
Play Games: Studies with dementia patients show
that playing word games and puzzles increases and even restores mental
Watch Quality TV: Unfortunately, studies
indicate that passively sitting in front of the TV is counterproductive. But if you must, choose game or quiz shows like
Jeopardy, and try to answer the questions. Even if you have never heard of the
Federalist Papers, your brain will be stimulated in the same way as if you were
playing Trivial Pursuit with your friends.
Surf the Net: A recent study at the University
of California Los Angeles found that searching the Web stimulated centers in
the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning. A simple task
like searching the Web appears to enhance brain circuitry – go for it, look up
those things you always wanted to know more about or that old school chum.
Eat Brain Food: If you want to achieve peak mental
performance from what you eat, here are a few things to remember. Protein is
the main source of fuel for your brain, NOT sugar! Your brain also needs foods
rich in essential vitamins and minerals, and it’s always better to get these
from food rather than supplements when possible; keeping in mind that as we age
supplementation becomes necessary because production of some nutrients decline
Tuna, (cold water)
*Potatoes are in the nightshade genre so do
not consume if you have an inflammatory condition; use sweet potatoes or yams
** Keep in mind that all animal products
are healthiest when they are free-ranged, fed organically and are not fed
growth-hormones and/or antibiotics. Chemicals are mostly stored in fat;
therefore, having animal products containing chemicals adds to our body’s toxic
load and eventually degenerative disorders and decline as we age.
Avoid Brain Saboteurs:
Chemical food additives Colorings
Consume Nutrients Needed for Brain Food
- Vitamin A – needed to protect
brain cell membranes;
- B Vitamins – essential for
neuronal growth and vitality;
- Vitamin C – so vital for brain
function that its levels in your brain are 15 times higher than anywhere
outside your brain;
- Vitamin E – prevents and
actually reverses brain deterioration;
- Magnesium – maintains the
metabolic viability of neurons;
- Zinc – rids your brain of
- Amino Acids – necessary to the
growth and health of neurotransmitters;
- Phosphatidylserine – present in
the inner leaflet of every cell in the body, largest amount found in brain
cells where it keeps cell membranes fluid, flexible and ready to process
essential nutrients, influences tissue responses to inflammation, regulates
neuroendocrine responses for release of acetylcholine, dopamine and
- DHA – the building block for the
brain and retina of the eye; the brain is 60 percent fat and DHA is the most
abundant fatty acid in the brain. It is essential for supporting a healthy
brain and nervous system.
- CoQ10 – is a compound present
in the mitochondria of every cell in the body; credited for preventing and
reversing cognitive decline because it slows brain deterioration as we age. The
diseases that have been researched that benefit the most from supplementation
with CoQ10 include Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and
dementia. NOTE: CoQ10 is synthesized in the body but these levels
are insufficient for the body’s needs as we age because natural levels decline.
Levels are also significantly reduced because of many medications. I suggest
taking 400-600 mgs. Daily in divided doses for those over the age of 50 and as
high as 800 mg. for those already manifesting signs of cognitive decline.
Load Up on Fish Oil:
The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in fish oil keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal
cortex of the brain, and increase cerebral circulation.
What to look for in Omega-3s…
The supplement I prefer is one made from Wild Salmon that
contains at least 1,000 mg per serving.
Be sure it is…
- Virgin, whole, natural, unrefined
- Purityand potency certified by NSF
- Pure Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Oil
- Certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
- 600 mg Omega 3s per serving with 240 mg EPA and 220 mg DHA
- Free of all artificial preservatives, color, dairy, starch, wheat, yeast, sugar, or soy
- Unrefined, whole and is extracted from wild Alaskan sockeye within hours of harvest
Unrefined Salmon Oil vs. Standard Fish Oils
Standard, mass-market fish oils come from diverse fish of widely variable purity and fat composition, and must undergo chemical processes (deodorization and molecular distillation) to
product palatable, standardized products.
During refinement, fish oils are heated to temperatures in excess of 450 degrees F, which can degrade the structural integrity of their omega-3 molecules. Chemical refining of fish
oils also alters their natural fatty acid and nutrient profiles – with unknown impacts on their health-supporting potential.
It’s important to note that Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is among the purest of all ocean fish – caught in the deep cold water. Because this salmon oil is certified by NSF International
for its purity and potency, you can rest assured you are taking the healthiest
fish oil available. Because it’s not chemically refined, it is a true “whole food” supplement.
Key nutrients per serving of Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon soft gels:
Each 3-capsule (3,000 mg)
serving provides these naturally occurring nutrients:
• Omega-3s: About 600 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids, including approximately
240 mg of omega-3 EPA and 220 mg of omega-3 DHA
• Vitamin D: 340 IU of vitamin D3
• Vitamin A: 360 IU of pre-formed vitamin A
• Astaxanthin: About 36 mcg
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There are about a dozen or so brain-boosting herbs; the two most important are Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng.
Ginkgo has shown its benefits in conditions for memory enhancement and shows promise in helping conditions of cerebral insufficiency, a syndrome diagnosed with symptoms of poor concentration, confusion, forgetfulness, headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Researchers believe it helps because the condition is caused by a decrease in the amount of blood available to the brain because of clogged blood vessels; Ginkgo helps blood flow.Researchers found significant improvement in verbal recall among a group of people with age-associated memory impairment, who took the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba for six months, when compared with a group that received a placebo.
The UCLA study used positron-emission tomography (PET) and found that for people taking ginkgo biloba, improved recall correlated with better brain function in key brain memory centres.
Ginseng helps your brain adapt to stress agents by heightening the productivity of your adrenal glands.
Natural health care, research and the nutraceutical products available, have uncovered so many advancements that today there are no valid reasons for not protecting our vital brain health; Health thru Education is where it begins and is the purpose of these investigative reports, Naturally.
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