Do you want to ensure peak performance in everything you do?… Why wouldn’t you?
Well it all starts with the brain.
Your brain will affect everything you do – for the positive or negative.
Below are 5 different simple steps (some fun!) that you can take to help promote healthy & optimal brain function.
Eat More Fish:
A study conducted in Sweden of nearly 4,000 children showed that kids that were given fish twice a week had increased verbal & visuospatial (visual perception & spatial awareness of objects) intelligence scores by 10%.
Eat fresh fish twice or more per week or take fish oil supplementation; 3-6grams daily.
Optimise your Gut Flora:
Your gut transmits information to your brain via the vagus nerve.
The tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem into your enteric nervous system (the nervous system that controls the gastrointestinal tract.)
Therefore, psyche, behavior & brain function can all be impacted by your gut.
The more it is out of balance, the more it can negatively affect your brain & the decisions you make.
Choose live unprocessed foods high in probiotics; yoghurts, soft cheeses, sauerkraut, sour pickles & fermented foods. You can also invest in high quality probiotic supplementation – remember: not all supplements are made equal.
NOT TO BE MISSED: Keep an eye out for an article about this topic alone, coming soon.
Get enough Antioxidants:
Swedish studies of 50,000 men ages 18-20 showed inflammation is consistently linked with lower intelligence levels.
What helps fight & calm inflammation? Omega 3’s & antioxidants.
Fish oil reduces inflammation in the gut. Coenzyme Q9, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha-Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene15 have all been shown to reduce inflammation in a study conducted in Russia. Get adequate amounts of fish oil & antioxidants from fresh non-processed food sources every day. Or supplement accordingly.
4) Get Enough Sleep:
As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, sleep is important for the body to rest, rejuvenate, build muscle & so much more…
Research from Harvard shows that people are 33% more likely to infer connections of some distantly related idea after sleeping, meaning you’ll put 2 & 2 together to make 4 rather 7!
Get 7-9 hours of deep uninterrupted sleep every night. As you regularly read my articles you’ll have a good idea of the benefits & details of optimal sleep patterns. Stay tuned for future articles about this topic.
5) Play Video Games:
According to a study in Belgium in which an MRI was conducted on 150 teenagers it was found that those who played video games had more brain cells in the left ventral striatum of their brain.
This region helps to control the interplay of emotions & behaviour.
Also the better developed this area is, the better your potential for learning becomes.
Learn something new every day. Practice a new move in the gym, take up a martial art, go dancing, read a ‘how-to’ book about something you’ve always been interested in. Many studies show that if you keep learning the brain remains younger for longer. Never stop learning new skills.
The Bottom Line…
All in all, these are relatively small & simple things that can have a major impact on your health.
You can influence your brain function & optimal performance in everything you do by applying certain principles throughout your day as suggested above.
Each decision you make has an impact. Make decisions that have positive impacts over your brain & ultimately the direction of your day – & life.
Until we speak again…
To Your Best Health,
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