Core Principles for a Healthier Brain

in #brain5 months ago

There are 2 core principles underlying a healthier brain according to Dr. Mike Dow from his book, The Brain Fog Fix:
Give your brain what it needs
Remove the obstacles that block your brain from optimal function

Lets dwell on the first core principle: Give your brain what it needs. This basically means-
Proper nutrients, including the right vitamins, essential amino acids, and healthy fats
Sufficient restful sleep
Regular, healthy circadian rhythms
Downtime for relaxation and restoration
Purpose and meaning
Spiritual practice
A connection to something larger than yourself

What Fogs your brain:
Sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners
Processed white flour
Inflammatory foods, including conventionally grown meat, unhealthy fats, and many artificial ingredients and preservatives
Imbalance of omega 6 and omega 3 fats
Excessive use of of caffeine, alcohol, and recreational drugs
Medications, including unnecessary antidepressants, anti-anxiety, ADHD stimulants, sleep aids, and painkillers
Overexposure to "blue light" of electronic screens such as computer, TV, and phone
Overexposure to Social Media, texting, and e-mail
Too much time spent on activities that do not feel meaningful and purposeful, whether they are obligations or entertainment

You want to give your brain the items listed from the first list, and limit the second list. If you follow these simple directions, your brain will thank you. Thanks for reading.

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