Boost your brain with these nutrientsFeb 07, 2022
Mental health is at an all-time low.
Anxiety, Depression, Mood swings, Overwhelm and even apathy.
Perhaps it's the continuous changes to our living format, our lifestyles, how we socialise and how much we get to go out, or take a hike for a change of scene...
Let alone if we are already trying to get on top of PCOS, Adrenal stress, Thyroid problems, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic sinusitis or some level of burnout...
I'm writing this email to ensure you're not in any way behind on the basics for brain health.
It's a shame when I meet many mummies who for months and years, put it down to mood, energy, or poor sleep...when it could have been easily fixed with the simple knowledge and use of nutrients.
Our families deserve better.
It is my mission to make this sort of information more mainstream!
I envision a world where women are the wise, empowered, heart of the home. Because from the health of the home, comes healthy children and a healthy society.
Besides a good multivitamin, I often top up with these 3 nutrients for brain health:
- Vitamin D3 2000-5000iu daily
Enough sunshine for your skin tone, and/or a cheap and cheerful D3 supplement :)
This can be such a game-changer in wintertime, for seasonal affective disorder.
- Magnesium (as Glycinate) 200-400mg daily in the evenings
This is the cornerstone mineral in my CALM supplement. That is why I take the trouble to make a small batch of 100% pure stuff that gets into your bloodstream clean and fast!
- Choline 500mg daily
This can be obtained from a phosphatidylcholine supplement, or from the foods in the diagram below from NIH. Choline is the building block of our neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, and of the membrane covering every single cell in our body.
Lack of choline can give headaches, fatigue, and slow brain function. Chronically low levels contribute to a lifelong increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
When these basics are in check, your efforts with self care, going for a walk, embarking on your hobbies or the activities that you enjoy will certainly go the mile.
You will feel more motivated to spend time in nature, get yourself grounded barefoot, or to really get the kick out of that cup of tea in the middle of the day.
With your nutrients topped up, you'll have the energy to plan and create high protein and healthy meals, to keep your blood sugar and therefore brain function stable throughout the day.
It certainly isn't a good strategy to go with willpower, without having your basic nutrients in check.
That's where I start, all the time.
Stay tuned for my next email, I'll be talking about how to ensure a refreshing night's sleep - yet another pillar of brain function!
ps. If this is the year you're finally going to get over your chronic illness or low energy state, I'm currently accepting patients into my functional medicine program.