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5 Musts for Optimal Brain Function

Mar 04, 2018
Dr Cheryl Kam - Blog - Functional medicine coach - Singapore - 5 Musts for Optimal Brain Function

Just like how the mitochondria is a powerhouse of a cell, our brain is known for masterminding the whole body. It is the organ in the body that controls all the other organs of the body.

Perception, critical thinking, drive and motivation, memory and learning are all controlled by this mighty thing.  Even our physical balance and sports performance hinges on the health of our mind.  

With increasing age and mounting workload, brain cells (neurons) deteriorate and neurons once damaged cannot easily be repaired.  Since they lack stem cells, they have little regeneration capabilities unlike other cells of the body. The only way through this is to protect the brain cells and ensure adequate raw materials for neurotransmitter formation.

In this article I have compiled five essentials that will keep your brain sharp and clear thinking

 

1. Stock up on eggs

 

Eggs (egg white plus yolk) have a number of nutritional benefits. They are rich in proteins. They also help to maintain cholesterol level. They have plenty of choline, which is a micronutrient required in the formation of a key neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals necessary for nerve coordination. So to retain brain function and improve coordination and memory, 1-2 eggs a day are fine and in fact, essential.

Ya kun kaya eggs are my personal favorite, slurped up first thing in the morning.   

 

2. Salmon

 

Salmon is rich in omega-3. Omega-3 essential fats constitutes 8% of the weight of brain. They stimulate the tissue development in brain and for that reason they are known to improve mental skills and halt memory loss. Besides, Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory.

A 4-ounce serving, two to three times a week is recommended to keep the gears well oiled.

 

3. Sleep

 

Sleep deprivation may lead to loss of some brain function. It is associated with depression and affects thinking capability and creativity. During sleep hours, toxins are removed from the brain which otherwise promote Alzheimer’s.

Adequate sleep strengthens our long-term memory and it also filters out the un-necessary data from the important ones. The important information is stored for use in future.

7-9 hour sleep is a necessity.

For more information on the importance of sleep in our children read this.   

 

4. The role of phytonutrients, herbs and vitamins

 

A diet full of phytonutrients and herbs protect brain cells and prevent DNA damage. They improve cognitive skills and long-term memory.

Ginseng, Matcha, Turmeric, Black pepper and Rosemary are some examples and the more diverse the diet the better.

Good quality vitamins delay the deterioration of brain function through many mechanisms. They neutralize free radicles and other toxins. They assist in the production of neurotransmitters, thus resulting in efficient coordination between brain and body. They are cofactors for the production of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These three neurotransmitters are vital for good mood.

So, consider a prescription-only quality multivitamin.

 

5. Accept the present moment

 

Focusing on peace and purpose will keep anxiety and stress at bay. Eat humble pie when you are mistaken. Slow down, forgive, and accept. Find ways to simplify your life, not complicate it. This will consequently relax your brain and optimize it.

 


 

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