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We listed some tips provided by experts in the medical field, with the purpose to help you increase/boost your Brain Power.
As we grow older, circulation to our brains may decrease, our brain cells burn energy less effectively, messages between cells can get muddled and the brain may even begin to shrink.
Leading to impaired memory, inability to focus clearly and an overall sense that were just not functioning as we once were.
But how can we prevent that?
Let’s start with:
Wake up your brain:
One of my favorite mind boosters is acetyl-L-carnitine. It’s a powerful antioxidant that has been found in animal studies to regenerate brain tissue.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is the thing to take if you’re having trouble focusing on work, you just can’t get motivated or you’re not able to get through the day without feeling mentally tired.
I recommend taking it in capsule form, anywhere between 200 and 500 milligrams on an empty stomach in the morning you’ll need to experiment with the dose to find what works for you (start with the smallest dose first). It’s great to take on an as-needed basis because most people feel the effects within a day, and possibly even within an hour
By-Ray Sahelian, MD,
Integrative physician and author of Mind Boosters.
We do acupressure naturally when we have mental stress by instinctively rubbing our temples. When we gently hold our foreheads to clear our minds, we’re holding acupressure point that can help us with concentration.
To stimulate in memory quickly and clear the mind, find the “gall-bladder 14” points, which are located on your forehead, over each eye, about one finger-width above your eyebrows and in line with your pupils; you’ll feel a slight indentation there.
With your right hand, use your thumb to lightly press the point above your right eye and your middle finger to lightly press the point above your left eye.
With your other hand, reach around and stimulate the “gallbladder 20” points, which are also known as “the gates of consciousness.
They are just below the base of the skull on either side of the top of your neck, about two inches apart (you’ll feel a little hollow there).
Use firm pressure on these points, pressing your thumb into the left side and your pointer or middle finger on the right side. When you stimulate the gallbladder 14” and “gall-
bladder 20 points together, it creates a powerful environment for rejuvenating the mind.
By-Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
Founder of the Acupressure Institute (acupressure.com) and author of Acupressure’s Potent Points.
Pay attention to your scalp:
In ayurveda, many memory and concentration problems are due to an imbalance of the vata dosha, which is sensitive to stress and governs circulation, thinking and movement.
To balance vata quickly, give yourself a daily head massage.
Put an ounce of sesame oil or brahmi oil in your hand and begin to rub your scalp in a clockwise motion, starting small and getting bigger and bigger.
Once you reach your hairline, stop making circles and give yourself an all-over head massage with your fingertips.
Put a towel on your pillow and sleep with the oil on your head for an even more calming effect on the brain.
By-James Bailey. L.Ac., Dipl OM.
Founder of Sevanti Wellness in Santa Monica, Calif.
Nosh on foods that are good for your noggin:
Eating a plant-based diet is essential for brain health.
The complex carbohydrates found in plants are brain fuel; carbohydrates also aid in the production of serotonin, a chemical that affects mood.
Another crucial diet move: Be careful about the kind of fat you eat.
Everyone knows that solid fats, such as butter and lard, are correlated with heart disease, but they also increase the risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
All the fat we eat ends up in our cell walls; solid fats make cell walls stiff so that it’s difficult to get messages through from one cell to another.
On the other hand, liquid fats (such as olive oil) make cell walls more liquid and flexible, so that they can communicate with each other more easily.
By-Katherine Tallmadge, R.D.
Spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
Drink your vegetables:
A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that drinking fresh vegetable juice may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
It can also help you with day-to-day brain performance.
To make your own brain booster, juice some broccoli, celery, carrot and peeled cucumber (cucumber, especially, has some well balanced minerals that are beneficial for brain health). If you’d like, add an apple for sweetness.
Drink it, and you’ll feel like someone turned the lights on in your head.
It’s like an IV infusion of the vitamins and minerals your brain needs to function well
By-Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Author of Brain Longevity and president of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.
Steer clear of toxins:
Skip caffeine, which constricts blood vessels, prevents the sleep you need to think clearly and dehydrates you, a big problem, considering that the brain is 80% water.
It’s also wise to limit your alcohol intake. People are walking around thinking it’s good to drink red wine every day, but alcohol is bad for the cerebellum, which controls our processing speed and coordination.
Be careful with prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety medications, such as Xanax, Ativan and Valium. These kinds of drugs can diminish overall brain performance when used improperly.
By-Daniel G. Amen, MD.
Founder of the Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Making a Good Brain Great.
Choose Rosemary for Remembrance:
The old adage “Rosemary is for memory” dates back to medieval times, and there’s a lot of truth to it. In fact, science has proved it: In2003, a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that rosemary not only improves memory, but it also boosts alertness and overall cognitive performance thanks to its ability to in-crease circulation to the surface of the brain.
To reap those benefits, put one or two drops of rosemary essential oil on the top of each foot; deoxygenated blood must return quickly to the lungs from there, because it’s the end of the circulatory line.
Choose a high-quality organic essential oil, such as those made by Simplers, Oshadhi, Original Swiss Aromatics or Acqua-Vita.
You can use rosemary several times a day as needed, but don’t use it anywhere near bedtime or you’ll be lying in bed wide awake, thinking clearly.
Toronto-based master aromatherapist and author of Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy.
Handle your, hormonal side:
If you’re a woman who is walking around feeling foggy-headed, depressed, irritable or indecisive, you may very well be suffering from a hormonal imbalance, especially if you’re in your 40s. Take action to regain your balance.
The North American Menopause Society recently issued a position statement saying that the earlier you start with hormone replacement therapy, the more likely you’ll experience brain-boosting benefits, including mood improvement, enhanced intelligence and protection against Alzheimer’s.
Stick to bioidentical hormones for best results, and opt for creams or patches over pills. Bioidentical progesterone cream is available over the counter and can really help if you’re starting to feel like you just can’t juggle things the way you used to.
Start with a dose of 50 milligrams every day, starting on day 15 of your menstrual cycle; increase by 5o milligrams on day 15 of every cycle until you start to see improvements in your mood and focus, and/or reductions in premenstrual symptoms. Typically, it takes three cycles for best results.
Hormones can also help if you’re postmenopausal, but it’s best to talk to your doctor about what bioidenticals to use.
By-Erika Schwartz, M.D.
Founding director of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative, Natural Health adviser and author of The Hormone Solution.
Get by with a little help from your friends:
Socialization is extremely important for a healthy brain, and we’ve found it goes hand in hand with mental activity.
Social interaction forces you to use your brain’s memory circuits-you have to remember people’s names and follow along in conversation.
And if you’re doing something like playing bridge, you have to remember the rules.
There has been some research on how social activity maintains brain vitality and reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia, but there are many other good reasons to stay socially engaged as well, so join a club, travel with friends or sign up for volunteer work.
By-Maria Carrillo, Ph.D.
Senior director of Medical and Scientific Relations for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Games and puzzles can help keep your brain sharp. But if you’re already really good at crossword puzzles, more crosswords probably won’t help you.
You need to challenge new circuits in your brain to reap the most benefits (for example, crossword lovers should try Sudoku).
One of my favorite activities for boosting concentration and building coordination? Ping-pong.
By-Daniel G. Amen, MD.
Do it (Yoga, that is) doggie style:
Downward-Facing Dog pose is a great way to freshen up your thinking.
It puts your head lower than your heart, which helps bring oxygenated blood to your brain.
I think of it as the great neutralizing pose if you’re tired and foggy it will pick you up; if you are overwrought and scattered, it will calm you and help you focus.
To do the pose, start on your hands and knees with knees just below your hips and hands out in front of your shoulders.
Inhale deeply. As you exhale, lift your knees away from the floor and push your thighs back so that you form an inverted V shape.
Keep your ears between your upper arms and spread your palms and soles widely on the floor.
Hold the pose for a few minutes to get the full effect. When you’re done, bend your knees back down to the floor as you exhale, then rest for a few breaths.
Founder of the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, Calif, and author of The Yoga of Breath, and Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals and Yoga for 50+.
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I used to have a bionic memory. I could remember everyone’s name and everything in their chart, no problem. I still know everything in the charts, but I don’t necessarily remember names. When I need to know who everybody is, say, before a big event, I take phosphatidylserine (PS). PS is the major phospholipid found within the membranes in the nerve cells in our brains.
The results of io double-blind human studies in the United States and Europe demonstrate pretty conclusively that PS can help maintain concentration and memory. When I recommend it to my patients they report a sense of well being, better concentration and improved memory.
Take 50 to 100 milligrams once or twice a day, up to 200 milligrams a day.
By-Janet Zand O.M.D., L.Ac.
Coauthor of Smart Medicine for Healthier Living.
Hearing is incredibly important to brain function, it is the way we receive and process information. If you do activities that require you to be a careful listener, you can gradually improve the accuracy of your speech perception abilities and speed up your brain in general.
To improve your hearing skills, turn the volume on the television down from your normal setting. Concentrate as you watch, and see if you can begin to hear just as clearly as you did before.
This will help you focus on conversations so you can catch every word.
By-Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.
Frances A. Sooy professor of otolaryngology at the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco.
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