When you think about it, every thought and action we have is controlled by our brain. These include sleep, digestion, memories, movement and so on. In my book, Path to a Healthy Mind & Body, I have found preventable habits that can shrink brain size and solutions to this universal problem. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, “when we are obese, we can have a smaller brain”. When we are balanced and fit, we have a balanced brain. When we invite health into our gut, we do the same to the brain. If we have a sedentary lifestyle, our brain will suffer. But, that’s not all. There are habits we do before age seventy that cause the brain to shrink! To make matters worse, these same poor habits and toxic exposures can trigger autoimmune disorders. “The brain directly communicates with the gastrointestinal system through the vagus nerve.”(1) This means what we ingest is either feeding or poisoning our … [Read more...] about 8 Preventable Habits that Can Shrink Our Brain
Do you seem to be one of those people who lay awake in bed, tossing and turning trying to rest but you just have trouble shutting your brain off to sleep? Here are some suggestions that may help you get rid of those distractions that keep you awake at night and help you learn to unwind, shutting your brain off to sleep when you need to (1, 2). Do not tackle anything new at least one hour before bed. When you open a new email, look at the bills, or start a new project just before you try to turn in you get your mind going and dwelling on whatever issue or project it is that you were dealing with. This is especially problematic for creative people and those who seem to be naturally prone to worrying. So instead, make sure that you finish all business of the day at least one hour before bedtime; leaving that hour for you to follow the next tip in creating a bedtime routine. Establish a steady bedtime routine. As young children, … [Read more...] about Tips For People Who Have Trouble Shutting Their Brain Off to Go to Sleep
Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes and potatoes. It, also called aubergine, is a tasty, nutrient filled vegetable. They are different in size, colour or shape and contain many beneficial nutrients and phytochemical compounds that benefit human health. Eggplant Juice Nutrition Eggplants are an excellent source of folate, potassium, manganese, and fiber when eaten. They’re also a good source of copper, phosphorus, magnesium, pantothenic acid, vitamin C, K, B6, niacin and thiamin. Homemade Eggplant Juice Recipe Eggplant juice is known to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure, due to the presence of phytochemicals known as terpenes, lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Eggplant is also rich in vitamin K, which is helpful in reducing blood clots. Things You’ll Need: Eggplant Directions: Cut the eggplant into 1/4-inch … [Read more...] about Eggplant Juice Prevents Cancer, Diabetes, Protects Heart & Brain Cell Membranes! How to Prepare it?
Do you ever find yourself walking into a room and forget why you went there in the first place? Or maybe you forget about the little things like where you put your car keys? We often brush this aside thinking that we’re human and we can make mistakes, but it can be a sign that your brain is not working at its optimum ability. 7 Best Brain Foods: There are foods that are good for the body and good for the brain and we’ve rounded up 7 of them: 1. Nuts Eating these crunchy snacks is good for your brain because they are a great source of Vitamin E. There are different types of nuts and there are some that are better for your brain than the others. Right at the top of the list are walnuts because they contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acid known as the DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). 2. Avocados Avocados are considered one of the healthiest foods available. It is chock-full of nutrients that are good for your body and for your brain. For one, … [Read more...] about 7 Best Brain Foods
When we exercise, most of us are aware of what happens to our body; we build muscle and endurance. With hard work we can achieve physical goals of a flat tummy or set personal records in lifting or speed. But how much do we know about what’s going on in our mind? And how do we maximize the effects? Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are responsible for relaying information throughout our brain and body, commanding your heart to pump, lungs to breathe, and stomach to digest, etc. When they are out of balance, they can adversely affect your mood, sleep, concentration, and weight. It is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. This can be due to several things: stress, poor nutrition, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the fabulous foursome linked to our happiness. Dopamine: this chemical supports motivation and focus; it propels us … [Read more...] about Naturally Rigging The Connection Between Exercise & Our Positive Brain Chemicals