The brain is a precious organ that is very susceptible to toxins, stress, lack of sleep, illicit drugs, pharmaceuticals, smoking, poor food choices, nutrients, exercise, infections, oxidation and degeneration.
In the trilogy of mind, body and soul, the brain is the conduit of 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!
DID YOU KNOW?
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 stretch 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 actually shrinks the brain and causes vascular compromise in the brains 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 great 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 effects 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 effect the entire nervous system
Meditation quiets the mind and changes brain electrophysiological waveforms
LOVE may be the most important as “Love heals ALL”
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 a great brain antioxidant
Walnuts- they look like a brain and contain many essential nutrients
Mint- the smell helps cognitive function and is used in weight loss programs as it can help curb your appetite
Red wine in moderation is a great brain antioxidant
Fresh caught Salmon is full of brain-enhancing omega 3 fatty acids
Organic omega rich eggs
Blueberries and broccoli are BRAIN SUPERFOODS
Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger are great to keep brain inflammation low
Dark chocolate is a SUPER STAR 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 (wonderful in young developing minds and in cases like Autism spectrum, developmental delays, ADD/ADHD)
MCT Oil is an elixir for the brain
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 gut with the help of healthy probiotic flora)
I hope YOU JOIN US in FINDING YOUR TRUE VITALITY and OPTIMAL BRAIN WELLNESS!
~ Dr. Dave, Venus & The Oasis FAMILY
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