We all understand how vital our brain is; it powers our daily activities. But have you pondered ways to support and protect your brain?
Years ago, during my first degree, scientific knowledge was somewhat outdated. It was once that when brain cells died or were damaged, it was irreversible. The brain cells or neurons were considered gone for good.
However, science has since discovered the concept of neuroplasticity. This means that brain cells can regenerate, and we can establish new neural connections, even in areas that have experienced damage. We can revitalise old, dormant brain cells and create fresh neural pathways. This, to me, is truly captivating. It demonstrates that we have control over our brain health.
So, have you ever contemplated your brain’s well-being? Have you considered methods to prevent conditions like dementia and slow down the brain’s aging process?
Think about how vital your brain is. It’s the keeper of your memories, the orchestrator of your everyday tasks – those seemingly mundane activities you often take for granted, like brushing your teeth, driving your car, or getting dressed.
Have you ever considered how crucial your brain is for generating an income? For making sound decisions regarding your health and that of your family? For truly savouring life to the fullest, creating precious moments, and building future memories? That’s how important your brain is.
To me, the brain stands as one of our most precious assets. Without a well-functioning brain, we cannot make informed decisions about our health. This subject is particularly close to my heart because I witnessed my mother’s decline in dementia and her premature passing due to it. It was heart-wrenching to see her not recognise her loved ones when they entered the room and to witness her inability to relish life. She had devoted years to raising two children. Then, during the time when she should have been celebrating life to the fullest, she succumbed to dementia.
This remains a deeply emotional topic for me, and I can’t help but get emotional about it. My mother’s experience is a constant reminder of the significance of brain health. It is the cornerstone of your well-being, vitality, and every aspect of your life.
You can do something…
But I am here to say that we don’t have to passively accept the degeneration of our brain. We don’t need to sit idly and await the onset of dementia in our later years. Many centenarians continue to be mentally agile. There’s a remarkable aging population in their 80s and 90s who remain vibrant and sharp.
In fact, I have the privilege of working with a few clients who are nothing short of incredible. Three remarkable ladies come to mind, all in their late 80s and 90s, and they outshine many of my younger clients in their 30s. This is what truly inspires me – the wealth of possibilities to nurture our brain health.
Let’s explore some factors that might influence your brain health and either accelerate or decelerate the aging process of your brain, as well as the risk of conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, and others.
- Toxin load.
The brain is susceptible to toxicity, including the presence of heavy metals. It’s essential to take steps to reduce your toxin levels and safeguard the fragile brain tissue.
Some call it the “brain on fire.”
This term refers to brain inflammation, which can contribute to degenerative processes leading to conditions like dementia and even forgetfulness. To reduce inflammation, begin by addressing digestive health and identifying any chronic diseases or factors in your body that may cause inflammation, potentially affecting the brain.
- Nutritional deficiencies
Many nutrients are required for optimal brain health. Examples of these nutrients include iron and B12, which are crucial for brain health. Essential fatty acids, like omega-3s, also play a vital role in brain health. Deficiencies in these nutrients can impact how effectively your brain functions in its daily tasks.
- High sugar – diet
A diet high in refined and processed sugars can be detrimental to the brain. Some researchers even refer to dementia as “diabetes 3” because of the significant impact of processed sugar on the brain, potentially contributing to damage and dementia.
- Chronic Disease
Additionally, consider the presence of chronic diseases that might be affecting your brain health. Various chronic conditions can have an impact on the brain. Identifying and addressing them early is crucial.
The key message here is that you have the power to take control of your
How? Continue reading below..
Feed your brain with Essential Nutrients
Have you ever thought about what might be depriving your brain of essential nutrients? When you lack crucial nutrients, it’s almost like your brain is going hungry, unable to perform the necessary repair processes. So, it’s vital to pay attention to your nutritional intake. You can make a significant impact by focusing on your nutrition, ensuring you get those essential nutrients such as iron, B12, other B vitamins, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants like vitamin E. Incorporating various antioxidants into your diet can help mitigate potential brain damage.
Additionally, consider including lecithin-rich foods as they aid in brain tissue development. A plant-based diet filled with salads, fruits, and vegetables can provide the nutrition, antioxidants, and overall brain support you need. Begin by addressing nutritional deficiencies. Want to find out if you have nutritional deficiencies – schedule an appointment for us to discuss this.
Make use of Medicinal Herbs
Another fascinating aspect of naturopathy is the use of medicinal herbs, and they play a significant role in promoting brain health. These herbs can enhance brain circulation, reduce damage, and minimise inflammation. However, seeking guidance from a qualified herbalist is essential to determine the right herbs for your specific needs.
Here are some powerful medicinal herbs that benefit brain health:
- Gotu kola
- Bacopa (also known as Brahmi)
- Greater galangal
- Lion’s Mane
Many of these herbs can be integrated into your daily routine in various forms, such as herbal teas, tinctures, or as part of your diet. Find out which ones are best for you in a consultation.
Recent research even suggests that specific nutrients found in seafood may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. Incorporating these medicinal herbs and nutrients can be an excellent way to support your brain health.
Exercise your brain muscles
Just as you work out to build and maintain your muscles, you can train your brain to enhance its capabilities. It’s never too late to foster neuroplasticity, allowing your brain to create new neural connections even as you age.
Here are some brain-training activities to consider:
- Problem Solving: Engage in puzzles, card games, or any activities that challenge your problem-solving skills.
- Learn a New Language: Learning a new language, regardless of your age, can stimulate your brain and open new horizons.
- Take Up New Hobbies: Exploring new interests or hobbies keeps your brain active and engaged.
- Coordination Activities: Juggling, brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, or getting dressed differently than usual can create new neural pathways.
- Memory Exercises: Test your memory with tasks like remembering a list of items or playing memory card games.
- Quality Sleep: Ensure you get enough quality sleep as your brain remodels, forms memories, and heals during the night.
- Meditation: Practicing meditation can reduce stress and support your overall mental well-being.
- Stress Management: Implement stress-reduction techniques like deep breathing to protect your brain from the harmful effects of chronic stress.
- Regular Exercise: Exercise not only promotes brain flexibility but also helps reduce the impact of stress on your mind.
Remember that enhancing your brain is an ongoing journey, not a one-time thing.
Eating a healthy, plant-based diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and effectively managing stress are all essential components of supporting your brain health. By prioritising brain health, you can optimise your cognitive abilities and enjoy life to the fullest in the years to come.
Your brain is your most valuable asset; nurturing it is a lifelong journey. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re seeking guidance and support on this path. You can send me a message or book a free 15-minute clarity call (ZOOM SESSION) to explore the options for your future.
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This is how gut microbes can influence weight!
Probiotics can help you gain weight or lose weight by interacting with our genetics, food and metabolism.
And yes, I did say lose or gain weight……..
Firstly, let me explain that the trillions of microbes in the gut need to be varied, meaning that there should be a large variety of species. There are many different species (or breeds) of microbes, and they all have their place in aiding health — the more variety and balance, the better health results.
Back to the weight loss or weight gain issue….
Do you eat yogurt and berries for breakfast? Thinking that it’s helping you lose weight?
Well, Lactobacillus acidophilus (like the species found in yoghurt) has been connected to weight gain.
I am not saying throw your yoghurt and berries in the bin. Instead, I am suggesting looking at the overall picture. If Lactobacillus acidophilus is the predominant micro-organism of the gut, then weight gain can result.
It is about the variety of species of gut microbes. Imagine if we only have trained german shepherd guard dogs in the world. It may be a safe world, but I am sure that other breeds may be more suitable as a family pet.
While Lactobacillus acidophilus is associated with weight gain, other Lactobacillus species correlate with weight loss.
Species like Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus gasseri, and Bifidobacteria animalis have been found to support weight loss.
Want to lose weight?
Look at your gut flora to support your goal.
Tests can be performed to identify the predominant species of the gut, and specific species can be utilised to support weight changes.
Want more information about your gut health?
Or want to look at all the factors contributing to weight gain, I’d love to be able to help.