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How to Improve Your Brain Function

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

By Venus Gentile

The brain is a precious organ susceptible to toxins, stress, lack of sleep, illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, smoking, poor food choices, nutrients, exercise, infections, oxidation, and degeneration.

In the mind, body, and soul trilogy, the brain connects our spiritual essence and personality. The brain is precious, and we must do everything we can to maintain our brain at its very best. Thought, work, function, creativity, spirituality, sports, school, writing, art, and music all require our brain for us to enjoy and prosper!

Brain puzzle


  • Our brain is composed of 60% fat

  • It weighs approx 3 pounds

  • It generates 23 watts of power

  • The massive network of blood vessels in our brain stretches out to 100,000 miles.

  • During gestation in-utero, a fetus develops 250,000 neurons/min

  • The brain can only survive for 5-6 minutes without oxygen

  • After 8-10 seconds without oxygen, we lose consciousness

  • The brain gets 20% of our bodies oxygen consumption

  • It has 100 billion neurons

  • It controls our entire neurological physiology metabolism.


Ways to Improve Your Brain Function

There are so many ways to exercise your brain and feed it with nutrients.

  • Reading puzzles stimulates brain plasticity.

  • No smoking! This shrinks the brain and causes a vascular compromise in the brain’s delicate blood vessels.

  • Too much alcohol is toxic to the brain - drink responsibly!

  • Keep away from trans fats- these are harmful to proper brain health

  • Reduce blood sugars as glucose is toxic to the brain

  • Try to live a gluten-free lifestyle as gluten dulls the brain and causes brain inflammation

  • Social interactions are significant to stimulate brain function

  • Have more sex! This creates feel-good hormones, relieves stress, increases cardiac function and overall vascular flow

  • Control blood pressure - the brain doesn’t like elevated blood pressure

  • Faith keeps a positive attitude and a healthy brains

  • Laughter stimulates feel-good chemicals

  • Music- both playing and enjoying stimulates the brain and affects your mood almost instantaneously.

  • Sleep lets the brain reset and allows hormones to be released

  • Exercise keeps the brain healthy

  • Detox to get rid of heavy metals and other environmental toxins that affect the entire nervous system

  • Meditation quiets the mind and changes brain electrophysiological waveforms.

  • LOVE may be the most important as “Love heals ALL.”

woman meditating

Foods to Fuel Your Brain

  • Rosemary improves concentration, performance, speed, and accuracy

  • Celery contains luteolin, which helps calm inflammation in the brain. Inflammation is the number one cause of neurodegeneration

  • Avocados are rich in folate, which is essential to brain health, cognitive function, and memory

  • Water- often overlooked, but the brain needs proper hydration to function

  • Pomegranate is an excellent brain antioxidant

  • Walnuts- they look like a brain and contain many essential nutrients.

walnut half

  • Mint- the smell helps cognitive function and is used in weight loss programs to help curb your appetite.

  • Red wine in moderation is an excellent brain antioxidant

  • Fresh caught Salmon is full of brain-enhancing omega three fatty acids

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Organic omega-rich eggs

  • Blueberries and broccoli are BRAIN SUPERFOODS

  • Turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger are great to keep brain inflammation low.

cinnamon sticks and cinnamon powder

  • Dark chocolate is a SUPERSTAR ANTIOXIDANT and contains magnesium

  • Olive oil is a brain gift from the Mediterranean

  • Coffee and tea in reasonable amounts are great for brain function and slow neuro-degenerative changes such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Take Your Supplements!

  • Omegas EPA for reducing inflammation and DHA for overall brain function (excellent in young developing minds and cases like Autism spectrum, developmental delays, ADD/ADHD)

  • MCT Oil is an elixir for the brain

vitamins and vegetables

  • Vitamin D is imperative at a monitored dose for optimal brain function

  • Glutathione is a BRAIN POWERHOUSE ANTIOXIDANT, especially in the IV form

  • Folic acid and B12 in healthy doses are required for neural function

  • Probiotics- a healthy gut is a healthy brain (87% of serotonin, the “feel-good” hormone, is produced in the stomach with the help of healthy probiotic flora)



~ Dr. Dave, Venus & The Oasis FAMILY

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This blog is for informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a licensed, qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.



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