Many people over the years have talked about the brain and the body as two separate entities, which is crazy when you think of it.
We now know 100% that the brain controls everything. Your thoughts, your actions, your belief, your desires, EVERYTHING. Your brain controls the quality of every single aspect of your life so it goes without saying that we should take care of it more than anything else. Your brain is the most important piece of real estate that you own so it’s a rather strange to me that many people take care of their CD collection better than they do their master computer.
I’m showing my age now as many of you reading this have never had a CD collection but I’m also sure many of you reading this HAVE had a record collection. Anyway, whatever your age or current choice of medium to listen music, I’m sure you get the picture. Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to change and find new connections to adapt and function after injury or disease. Simply put, we can change the health of our brain at anytime with healthy eating and lifestyle choices.
We can rewire our thinking at anytime. The old idiom “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is actually false but it’s something we believe as we get older. Brain health is not only important for constructing our life in the present moment, it’s critical for avoiding degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, both devastating conditions for all concerned.
So what can we do to keep the brain in optimal condition?
In no particular order of importance, here are 7 keys to a super brain and ultimately a super life.
- Fish oil
The omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain, and increase cerebral circulation.
We all know that exercise is good for us and makes us feel good but it’s actually great for your brain by encouraging it to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply and strengthening their connections and it enhances cognitive ability
Quality sleep is the key to a energised life and lack of sleep or poor quality sleep actually causes the brain to stop producing more cells. Incredibly, sleep is also the time where your brain cleans itself of toxins so if you want a clean brain firing on all cylinders, get that quality shut-eye
- Your diet – obviously
Best foods to eat for brain health are protein sources which is the main source of fuel for the brain.
Blueberries, walnuts, oily fish (see fish oil above), avocados, almonds, flax seed, apples, oranges, cherries, kiwi, strawberries and raspberries. Spices are great for your brain. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory; garlic, oregano and rosemary increase the blood flow to the brain; curry is an anti-inflammatory and saffron has anti-depressant effects.
- Eliminating your negative self-talk
The voice in your head that tells you “I can’t do that” or “I’m not good enough” or “I’m so stupid”
Think of your brain as a super computer and these beliefs are the programmes you have running. These are usually ingrained, faulty and unsupported stories that you have adopted over the years. You need to eliminate them. You do this by personal development in the way of books, audios and surrounding yourself with people that lift you up and encourage you. Eliminate the negative people in your life.
- Challenge your brain.
Crosswords, learning a new language or various mind-training exercises keep your brain active and have been shown to help with preventing cognitive degenerative diseases (dementia & Alzheimer’s)
- The sun.
Most of us love the sun and there is no doubt it makes us feel good. Scientists are now beginning to realize vitamin D is involved in maintaining the health of your brain, as they’ve recently discovered vitamin D receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system.
So there we have 7 keys to developing or maintaining a super brain.
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