Boost Your Brain Function Naturally:
Low energy, poor memory and brain fog are major problems for many individuals. Lowered cognitive function results in lowered working efficiency, relationship disputes and significantly reduced quality of life. Millions of children and adults in America today struggle with mental fatigue, learning, reading & attention challenges. Much of this could be remedied if these individuals knew how to take care of their body and maximize their brain energy. It is very important to take proper steps to boost brain function daily.
I have had the privilege of working with thousands of individuals with numerous different health conditions. I have worked with elite Olympic level athletes, stay at home moms, busy executives, grandmothers, & students. I have found that mental fatigue and poor concentration to one of the greatest hindrances for these individuals to accomplish their goals & dreams.
The 3 Most Important Tips for Healthy Brain Function:
1. No More Processed Foods:
Processed foods are loaded with sugar, grains, additives & preservatives, damaged fats & toxic debris. All of these ingredients are highly inflammatory and massively poison and destroy brain tissue.
Expert Analysis: An anti-inflammatory diet consisting of healthy fats, clean proteins and anti-oxidant rich vegetables and herbs is especially key for healthy brain function. The diet should be loaded with coconut products, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, hemp, flax, & chia. Brain boosting animal products include grass-fed beef, organic eggs, wild game, wild fish & organic chicken/turkey.
Vital Info: Incorporate superfoods such as berries, raw cacao or minimally processed dark chocolate, maca, organic green-leafy veggies, lemons, limes, apple cider vinegar, & non-denatured grass-fed whey protein among others.
2. Heal Your Gut:
The gut is considered the second brain due to the amount of nerve endings and neurotransmitters that are associated with gut function. When the gut lining is inflamed and damaged it allows large proteins to seep into the bloodstream. This creates an inflammatory process that effects all tissue. Brain tissue is the most vulnerable to chronic inflammatory processes. Leaky Gut = Leaky Brain.
Expert Analysis: To heal the gut be sure to minimize inflammatory foods and maximize fermented foods, clean proteins and good fats. Intermittment fasting for periods of 12-24 hours without solid foods is very helpful. Use non-denatured whey protein and coconut milk to provide medium chain fatty acids and the amino acid L-glutamine. These are necessary components for rebuilding the gut lining.
Vital Info: Using high quality probiotic supplements with 50-100+ billion CFU’s is a great strategy to protect and heal the gut. Also include raw sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented veggies, apple cider vinegar, coconut kefir, etc. Use Beyond Organic raw, fermented grass-fed dairy products like amasai, raw cheese, and SeuroViv – fermented whey.
3. Sleep Well:
Sleeping de-inflames the body and allows the neurological system to upregulate appropriate neurotransmitters and rebuild myelin sheaths that protect and insulate nerve fibers. Ineffective sleep dramatically affects brain and cognitive function. Memory performance has been shown to be significantly reduced in sleep deprived individuals. Coordination, balance and reaction time are also known to be reduced in chronically sleep deprived individual
Expert Analysis: Sleep deprivation creates a heightened stress response within the body that disrupts normal healing and tissue rejuvenation processes. Sleep deprivation increases chronic stress responses within the body and rapidly accelerates the aging processes.
Vital Info: Aim for 8 hrs of sleep every night with ideal hours before midnight. Experts believe optimal hours are those that coordinate with our ancestors who roughly slept from 9pm – 5am or 10pm – 6am. This provides a steady tone for our circadian rhythms and improves neurological function. Be sure to keep your room cool – 60-70 degrees and as dark as possible for best sleep.
Brain fog is common at menopause, and progesterone helps with giving you more focus, and relaxing you so you get more of that essential 8 hours sleep – not always easy with hot flushes!