The brain should get top consideration when it comes to health. Everything else depends on it functioning well. When the body suffers, the brain is the first to be affected. The brain, like the rest of the body, needs certain ingredients to thrive. It is the most metabolically active organ in the body so it is very sensitive to having what it needs to function well.
The two main requirements for the brain are oxygen and glucose. Both are enhanced by diet, nutrition, and exercise. Since most people are eating at least three times a day, diet could be called the most influential stimulus. Here are some simple, but essential rules regarding diet and the brain:
- Eat whole foods only. Processed, refined foods upset a constant delivery of glucose to the brain.
- Eat complex carbohydrates only. Refined carbohydrates spike blood sugar and interfere with brain functioning which can negatively affect behavior.
- Eat only natural fats. The brain is 60% fat and the fat in the body is in correlation to what is consumed. Fake fats harden cellular membranes and block their ability to function.
- Increase water intake. The brain is affected by only 10% dehydration. A good rule is half your body weight in ounces per day.
Good foods for the brain are blueberries, Alaskan salmon, walnuts, spinach, and organic eggs. Good exercise is anything that promotes an increase in circulation. Exercise should be fun and done consistently. It does not have to be strenuous to be beneficial.
Limiting exposure to toxins like pesticides, insecticides, MSG, fluoride is very important. What the body can’t eliminate, it will store. If these toxins get stored in the brain they increase inflammation and promote problems like dementia and diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
The inability to retrieve information is one of the first signs the brain is struggling. This is a warning to focus on taking the stress off the brain. Besides diet, there are several supplements that can be of benefit. Here are a few good ones:
- Phosphatidylserine. Promotes healthy membranes and aids memory.
- Resveratrol. Helps oxygenate the brain and a powerful antioxidant.
- Grape seed extract. Helps injuries heal and a strong antioxidant.
- Pregnenolone. A natural hormone that enhances memory and moods. Helps with learning and decreases stress hormones.
- B vitamins. Helps with nerve functioning.
- L-Carnosine. Helps nerves repair. Good for long term stress damage to brain and kidneys.
- Acetyl L-Carnitine. Excellent for nerve repair, detoxification, and energy production.
Other lifestyle factors that benefit the brain include:
- Movement done slowly and with focus.
- Learning new things.
- Doing things gently.
- A fun attitude.
- Doing thing you love.
- Surround yourself with things your senses like. Art, pictures, music, colors, etc. should make you feel good.
- Do different things. Habitual, routine living dulls the brain