5 Ways to Gain a Limitless Brain
5 Ways to Gain a Limitless Brain
Have you noticed increased brain fog or trouble focusing throughout the day? Do you have chronic or unexplainable pain? Do you ever feel “off” or do you notice increased fatigue? All of these symptoms are common amongst people who have poor brain health. Here are 5 guidelines to follow for improved brain health.
- Diet: Diet has an incredible effect on how an individual feels. Technically, the body has two “brains” that help control how we feel. One of those brains is the control center in our head, while the other lies in our abdomen. 90% of the neurotransmitters (“feel good” hormones) in our body are created in our gut. This is the primary reason as to why diet and gut health are primary when first assessing how we feel and how we are functioning. The gut is responsible for breaking down foods and holding onto the nutrients we need to function optimally. It is also responsible for helping to remove wastes and inflammation from the body. What you consume is directly correlated with how you feel. Consumption of highly processed foods, monosodium glutamate, high fructose corn syrup, colored dyes, gluten, soy, and lactose can all impact the gut negatively. Through smart consumption, health diets, and minor lifestyle changes, we are able to improve brain function.
- Exercise: One of the easiest ways to boost brain/body function is to move the body. Exercise is a great way to strengthen the connection between the brain and the body. The exercise doesn’t have to be extremely rigorous and can be as simple as walking outdoors or doing body-conscious yoga. Anytime that movement is actively occurring in the body, the brain is being activated and neural pathways are being strengthened. Through continued and consistent exercise, we are pushing the boundaries of what our brain can accomplish and creating more efficient multitasking through unconscious activation.
- Chiropractic Care: I often tell my patients that I feel most chiropractors are unknowingly neurologists. When we make an adjustment, we are influencing how our brain views our body by activating specialized cells in the ligaments that surround the joints that we are adjusting. All of our brains have a map of our body built into them. Chronic pain or traumatic injury can blur areas of that brain map to keep our body from overusing the injured area.
- Challenges: The brain must be challenged throughout the day in order for growth to occur. This growth is called neuroplasty. Neuroplasty allows for the brain to wire together numerous processes by activating the brain continuously in the same way. Practice does truly make perfect with any action that we would like to take and make a habit from. Firing the same neurons in the brain creates habits, then habits can become unconscious acts.
- Sleep/Meditation: The proper amount of high-quality sleep is crucial for learning, healing, and creating lasting health changes both in the brain and in the body. Daily stress, consumption of toxins, and an overactive brain before bed can set a person up for failure and affect their body’s ability to adapt as needed throughout the day. Sleep can be considered a form of unconscious meditation. If a person is unable to achieve optimal amounts of sleep, then they should consider practicing basic meditation through breathing techniques or practicing gratuity. Simply calming the body for 10-15 minutes allows for an increase/extension in focus and brain function.
These are only a few of the many things that can be done to help give you a seemingly limitless brain. Make an appointment today to see how we can help!