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I believe yoga can be a very therapeutic practice for the brain and practicing, you know, really focusing on your body, and really that brain-muscle connection.
Now, I know there’s a lot of people in a lot of different religious circles who feel different ways about yoga. My belief system is that yoga can be greatly beneficial. I know there are some people that believe that it is a spiritual practice that started in Asia or actually India. People may have religious issues with it.
But let me just say this, for me and in having the Christian faith, for me when I’m doing a certain pose, you can do that to whoever you want, in my opinion. I can be bowing before Jesus and before God, and doing it that way. So just to let you know, it’s all about your intention with what you’re doing with your yoga poses.
So yoga, especially doing those proprioceptive balance exercises, has tremendous benefits, actually boosting brain activity. And also when you’re focusing on doing something, some of the activities and taking deep breathing, that’s another big benefit of yoga class. As you work on deep breathing in and out of your diaphragm, that’s actually been shown to help oxygenate your brain.
If you don’t want to do yoga then practice deep breathing and proprioceptive exercises.
Juggling is greatly beneficial because you are focusing on multiple things that are moving very, very quickly, and it’s actually helping increase your focus, concentration, and your hand to eye coordination.
And there are studies showing, people that have improved hand to eye coordination also actually helps improve your memory and learning skills. So juggling can be greatly beneficial there as well.
And when you start juggling, you start with two balls, and you start with one hand and then you add in a third ball and that’s kind of how you work your way up.
Rosemary and rosemary oil are one of the most powerful nutritional plants in terms of improving your brain. In fact, there are medical studies showing if you use rosemary essential oil, it greatly increases your memory and your focus, all at the same time as thickening your hair if you’re using it in your hair. So rosemary contains rosmarinic acid. It’s also anti-inflammatory, but it’s great for boosting the memory.
What you’ll do is, take about five drops of rosemary oil and rub it on your temples or massage it in your scalp. But rubbing it on your temples, rubbing a little bit under your nose or deep breathing it in and out is great to help improve focus and study.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3s are crucial for your cells, and it’s crucial for reducing inflammation of the brain which a lot of people have. So you want to get more of these omega-3 fats from wild caught salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, just any type of fatty fish is going to be loaded with these omega-3 fats. So get omega-3s every day. And if you’re not getting them from wild caught fish, get them from a fish roe or caviar supplement, a fish oil, a cod liver oil, but make sure you’re getting omega-3s every day.
And another fat I want to mention here is animal fats. Animal fats, make-up our bodies, and so getting good organic tallow, schmaltz, bone broth oil, these things on a daily basis is beneficial as well.
Learn something new
Another great thing in order to improve your brain, and there are studies on people who struggle with Alzheimer’s on this. If you are learning something new, it actually can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s over time. So learn something new, maybe it’s a new language, skill, new type of activity, indoor climbing, practicing a type of exercise, doing puzzles, or crossword puzzles. Doing things where you’re learning and activating your brain.
A lot of people, especially people that start to age, and once they stop to work, they stop having to solve problems. They get in the same daily habits day after day where literally their body can do things repetitively without ever thinking. So again, doing things to where you’re actually activating your brain, certain areas of your brain, learning something new, it is crucial for improving your overall brain health.
Now, if you ever look at a walnut, think about the way it looks, it actually looks like a brain. It literally looks like half a brain. If you have half of the walnut there on the other side it makes up a whole brain.
Within Chinese medicine, we know that when you consume food that looks like an organ, it typically supports that system. So in Chinese medicine, doctors recommended people consume walnuts to help improve the brain.
Well, today we know through medical research, walnuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium which both support the health of the brain.
So consuming walnuts, maybe with some raisins, those two things together every day, a great natural snack for the brain.
You can do that with burst training or cycling. You can do it with swimming, but things where you’re really going for a long period of time. You’re really increasing your circulation. That’s the key.
Actually, this might surprise you, your small intestine, not on your brain, your small intestine starts producing loads, and loads, and loads of serotonin and other neuropeptides which boost your mood but also keep your brain healthy.
Think about this, if you are sitting all day and you’re not getting circulation, your body is like a swamp. You’re not getting certain nutrients out to various areas of your body, especially that are distal such as your brain. So again, getting a lot of circulation all the time can actually help feed the brain, bring it nutrients, helping you heal your body naturally, improving focus, memory, and a lot of issues over time.
Now, fasting is something that was used in reference to biblically for overall health, and it’s even in medical studies today that intermittent fasting can help improve brain function. Now, when you’re eating, you’ve probably heard of not just the brain-body connection but the brain-gut connection, Your gut is connected to your brain.
So, if you have something going on in your gut called “leaky gut,” proteins, and toxins, and bad bacteria can leak through the bloodstream, circulate and cause brain issues. This is very common with a condition like autism where a child is having an outburst. If they consume gluten, they have leaky gut, goes through their bloodstream, affects the brain as opium would actually, like an opioid causing these behavioral issues.
Now, some other thing that if you’re fasting and not eating, you’re not having that issue and that’s actually giving your gut more time to regenerate and heal and seal that gut lining.
So skipping breakfast, and lunch, and eat or at least skipping breakfast and just maybe consuming a meal at noon, three and six and not eating those other hours of the day can be greatly beneficial at improving your brain health.
Lion’s mane mushrooms, one of my favorite mushrooms for boosting your brain health. So, again lion’s mane mushrooms. There’s a lot of psychedelic mushrooms which are beneficial but especially lion’s mane mushroom, one of the best for boosting your overall brain health.