5 Top Tips for Brain Health

Use it or lose it

We've all heard the myth that human beings only use 10% of their brain, well that isn't true. You use all of your brain, the goal is just to use it more efficiently!

Within the last three generations or so, medicine and science have both come to the conclusion that after the Industrial age there are more age related diseases.

We also live longer! With or without the aid of medicine, and pharmaceuticals. So many of the age related diseases are also linked to our overall health and well being.

The top 5 tips that influence brain health has to do with the 'fountain of youth' we are pursuing as well. Yet, the only place we want extra wrinkles is in or on our brain.

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Spiritual / Meditation / getting back to nature
  • People connections / mentoring
  • Learning

Although these can be used for everyday health one also finds that there are necessary ingredients needed to not only maintain brain health but to encourage it.

Things to get rid of always make sense, yet we give into them because of cravings. These to can be corrected by substituting 'good, natural' foods, minerals, vitamins and relinquishing stress.

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Nutrition

This is key!

We are bombarded about out diets by the popular media and so called gurus trying to plug their wares that most of us find ourselves overwhelmed by the information and what is the next best thing on the market.

Truth is we need to stick with what is as close to the natural state of what we eat when it is first harvested.

Ask yourself these questions.

  1. How do i eat it?
  2. Will it go bad / spoil?
  3. Do i have to refrigerate it?
  4. How close is it to it's natural state?
  5. What are the benefits of eating it?

We know that much of our foods are tampered with, but we have to trust those doing the tampering to want it to be beneficial.

We also have to trust the FDA to enforce what they know are the correct procedures so that the foods we eat are right for human consumption.

We all know that organic is best! Whether that is local produce or produce that is shipped from anywhere in the world.

Yet if organic is a challenge, you will have to make a choice based on your budget as to what items need to be purchased that way.

Where to buy

  • local vendors
  • grocery chains
  • health food stores
  • co ops
  • farmers market

What to buy

  • fruits
  • veges
  • spices
  • meat / fish
  • dairy

Brain farts

When do you most suffer from forgetfulness?

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Feeding the grey matter

The brain is the organ that supervises the function of all other organs from regulating one's heartbeat to supplying signals to one's toes.

When the brain is affected, everything is off kilter!

Things that disrupt the optimal functioning of the brain can be linked to stress.

Brain food

Fish, fish oil,

Brain minerals, supplements

antioxidants

Brain vitamins

Vit D

There are lots of other things you can do to supply good nutrition to your brain but it all starts with your food choices!

Any foods that are anti inflammatory are the best foods for the human body, they are even better for the the human brain.


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Top tips

Nutrition

Cut out white, add fish, antioxidants

Exercise

coordination, strength / weight training

Continuous education, learn something new, mental exercise

15 minutes or so, skill, language, hobby

Sleep, continuous

6 or more hours

Connections

people, animals



Brain stats

The adult brain

  • weighs up to 3 pounds
  • is 2% of a persons total body weight
  • has approximately 100 billion neurons
  • is composed of 75% to 80% water
  • has 60% white matter = supporting
  • has 40% grey matter = thinking
  • uses 20% of oxygen taken into body
  • uses 15% to 20% of all heart pumped blood, this oxygenated blood goes directly to the brain
  • it uses 25% of the glucose circulating in our blood stream
  • the brain uses electrical impulses and chemicals as energy for thinking
  • thousands of neurons die off daily
  • the brain is more active at night than during day hours
  • the brain is not fully mature, scientifically until 16 / 17 years of age



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Reversal

Good news!

If you are already suffering from the ill effects of bad nutrition, obesity, brain fog and other diseases related to the brain, the good news is that they can be reversed.

Some stages can be reversed by just putting away the 'white' stuff, and no i don't mean illegal drugs, although the brain does relate some of those sugar laden foods, along with the chemicals in them as lethal and addictive as heroine and other drugs.

Along with good nutrition, an active lifestyle is a must. Some type of daily movement, preferably outside, so you can build up your vitamin D while exposed to the sun, for somewhere between 20 to 40 minutes is beneficial.

Breathing exercises can do marvels at a cellular level, so, knowing how to breathe properly is a great place to start as well. It is also very easy to master a technique that allows you to promote brain health through ample oxygen reaching the blood and the organs.

Reversal tips

  • nutrition
  • exercise,
  • continuous learning
  • eliminating stress, or as much of it as possible
  • emotional connections

Just making up your mind to do something, then saying it out loud to reinforce a positive energy or stimuli also makes a huge impact on brain health.

Note, it is always a good idea to discuss your health with your physician, and starting off slowly makes all the changes you make easier over the long haul.

It is said that learning a new habit takes up to 6 weeks to be firmly implanted in our minds.

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful hub for Brain health!

I agree with the tips you have mentioned in your hub. I think one needs to be mentally active and alert too.

Thanks for this engaging hub! Voted up!


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Celiegirl 2 years ago Author

Thanks ChitrangadaSharan, brain health is so vitally important, the active and alert brain always makes me smile, no matter the person's age.

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