Improving Brain Health with Energy Medicine

Nutrition for Brain Health

Nutrition plays a key role in brain health. A true gift of energy medicine is the ability to energy test our foods. Everyone’s body is different and as a result there is no one-size-fits-all diet for brain health. Even foods that are widely recognized as key to brain health, such as healthy fats, may not be optimal for you. While the following are general guidelines, please energy test or schedule with an Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner for Advanced Substance Testing on all of your nutrients!

When it comes to brain health, definitely don’t skip on healthy vegetables and fruits, but keep in mind that protein and fat are absolutely key too. Protein is important for concentration and memory. Healthy fats are essential for brain health-the brain is largely made up of fat and water. And fats are key building blocks for our cells and for hormone production. Fat has gotten a bad rap for decades, but it is becoming more and more recognized that good quality fats are essential for overall health and brain health. Healthy fats include butter, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, ghee, animal fats such as lard and tallow (from organic, grass-fed meat), fish oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds.

Exercise and the Brain

What’s good for the body is good for the brain, and that includes exercise, especially aerobic exercise. Brain benefits include: improved concentration; enhanced blood flow and oxygen to the brain; reduction in loss of gray matter; strengthened synaptic connections; and increased production of new nerve cells. It’s also instructive to note that in contrast to exercise, being sedentary raises the risk of both stroke and dementia.

Stress and Sleep

Stress and sleep are each huge topics and correspond to brain health in many ways. That said, of course everyone is aware that both stress overload and lack of sleep take a toll on overall health, including brain health. What people often are not aware of is just how major of an impact each of these factors plays when it comes to the brain. Chronic stress and the accompanying stress hormones can impede memory and many other aspects of brain health.

Good quality sleep is critical to health and modern life is a huge obstacle to decent sleep. Getting plenty of sleep and honoring our circadian cycle, which is essentially the same as honoring the 24-hour Meridian Flow Wheel, means for the majority of people getting to sleep by 10:30pm and sleeping for 8 hours is optimal.

Environmental factors that many people are not aware of can take a toll on both stress levels and sleep quality. Two of the big ones are artificial light, which interferes with our circadian rhythms and production of the hormone melatonin, and Electro-Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs). Blue light is especially disruptive and is produced from our electronic devices such as televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. Either avoid these devices for at least an hour before bed, or install a program or filter that reduces blue light emissions (the program flux can help with computers, and some smartphones have a nighttime setting).

Additionally, EMF exposure causes stress on the body and potentially can interfere significantly with our energy and physical health. This is a major and extensive topic, but to begin with, minimize exposure by not sleeping with electronic devices such as TV’s, computers, smartphones in your bedroom. Unplug your WIFI router before bed to lessen the EMF frequencies throughout your entire house and don’t carry your smartphone on your body. There are many different types of radiation-reducing shields and cases for phones and tablets, etc. and they are well worth investigating.

Meditation for Better Focus

Thousands of research studies have corroborated what people who meditate regularly have reported meditation is enormously helpful in multiple ways. A regular meditation practice not only can improve concentration and focus, it can reduce stress, help with sleep, and even improve memory and creativity. It appears that many different types of meditation lead to major benefits, so for those just starting out, you may want to experiment to see what type of meditation feels right to you-and especially realize that if you have tried meditating and did not feel that you benefited, you can try a different type of practice. It is a bit like exercise-jogging and swimming are both good cardiovascular activities, but most people will favor one over the other.
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