"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

Super Brain!

Lisa Cutforth - Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Do you want to stay focused?  Do you want a sharp mind?  Do you want a good memory? Check out the easy tips below to look after your brain... (p.s. these tips will also give you more energy!!!) For those of you that attended the function on Monday:  Good for you!  You now know 5 ways to keep your brain young and focused, thanks for being in the audience!  I would LOVE to hear how you are going implementing the 5 keys.  If you haven't started yet, I would love to help you to get started! So I thought I would write a quick reminder for you!  Number 1: Remember to breath! This brought a laugh from a few of you.  It is SO obvious, isn't it?!  yet most of us only breath using 20-30% of our breathing capacity!  Oxygen is a vital "nutrient" for our bodies, it is an essential ingredient in the process of getting energy out of food, and it is absolutely vital for the health of our brain.  We can survive without food for weeks, water for days but without oxygen for a few minutes we would die! How to breath properly: Breath into your stomach, put your 3 fingers above your belly button and breath in so that you can feel your "tummy" expand and your fingers move outwards, breath out slowly and feel your "tummy" move inwards.  Be aware of your breath as you inhale and exhale, but don't force it.  Breath in and then breath out.  Whenever you are feeling stressed or tense, REMEMBER to stop and breath!  By bringing your attention to your breath, you will immediately feel calmer and you will oxygenate the brain for clarity. Number 2:  Control your blood sugar! This is vital for concentration, focus, clarity of mind, attention and sustained energy.  The best ways to do this are:
  • Always eat breakfast
  • Eat small regular meals
  • Combine protein and carbohydrates at meal times
  • Choose whole grain or low GI/GL foods and limit refined carbohydrates and sugary foods
  • Limit stimulants
Number 3:  Fat Your brain is made up of fat!  It needs fat to function!  The best fats are:
  • Fish oils such as sardines, salmon, tuna
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Cold pressed oils such as olive oil or flax seed oil
  • Avocado
Avoid: hydrogenated and trans fats and limit saturated animal fats (like cream, butter, cheese, fat on meat) Number 4: B Vitamins B vitamins are super essential for the brain, they are necessary for nerve production, stress reduction, memory, sleep, appetite, metabolism and especially with regards to the brain for breaking down homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine have been strongly associated with alzheimers disease risk.  B vitamins help to break this down into important substances used by the body. You get B vitamins in green leafy vegetables, grains, meat, chicken.   Just remember they are water soluble so the way you prepare food can affect your intake, e.g. if you overboil your broccoli or leave it to sit in the water after its cooked, the B vitamins will be dissolved in the water and will no longer be concentrated in the broccoli.  Quick cook and strain immediately or steam your veggies for maximum Bs. If in doubt, take a B complex supplement. Remember there are many things you can do to keep your brain alert and healthy, there are just 4 ways to get started. Number 5 and most importantly! Check out Lisa live giving you Point number 5, the most important tip! So Get Started today, be vital and love your brain!  ... But only if you want to Remember and Be remembered! I do!  

Recent Posts


health 7 steps to detox lunch heart disease comfort pig Lactose intolerance celebrate life food sensitivities Nutritional Therapist cooking class in brisbane food intolerances make stress work for you diet diary happiness course strength obesity natural toothpaste quizz blood pressure healthy cooking party sexy salads fresh start prostate cancer are grains healthy healthy cooking parties wrong type of exercise, exercise and results increasing energy weight sensitivity to milk nutritious taking a break dangers of multitasking while you eat image recipies libido Nina Simone Cancer gift Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah cooking with allergies mood delicious four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication breakfast have more energy corporate wellness herbal toothpaste I don't get hungry success and you how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results homocysteine should I eat organic veggies best exercise love food I've Got Life pop-eye and spinach quick eating solutions fruit and vegetable shortage recipe reducing coffee how to love exercise benefits to keeping a diet diary love, loneliness to know and not do is not yet to know mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo organic vegetables childrens lunch boxes Alan Pease Sensational reasons to eat foods in season natural alternatives to drugs control simple 7 day detox plan food allergies healthy shopping list is sugar bad skipping meals energy Happiness alzheimers time management and healthy living is chocolate bad for me memory go for 2 and 5 the tummy beast comfort foods nutritionist in brisbane comfort eating life lessons healthy fast food, healthy take away what is movember Add new tag empty your mind muffins detox are frozen veggies any good dance low calorie diet benefits of strength training, why you should strength train health for busy people dancing real food stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources how to say no music what is a good breakfast breast cancer prevention health one step at a time getting fit relationship with food motivation Laughter and stress breast cancer awareness foods in season, seasonal recipes making time to relax how to get more of exercise happiness workshop weight loss avoiding a choice how to avoid injury during exercise improve your memory nutritionists diet diary great second hand books soft drink and behavior problems 10 % principle weightloss fatigue how to check your breasts cholesterol lowering diet keep focused low cholesterol seasonal quick and tasty recipes immune system addicted to chocolate hunger and stress salad ways to improve prostate health the power to choose trans fats have fun in the kitchen which is better for you butter or margarine sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas recipes for allergies soft drink and behaviour problems fun gluten intolerance health with 10 % effort healthy shopping leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut muscle wasting anxiety nutritionist nutrition fussy eaters ability to respond nutritious cooking performance maintain a healthy weight, underweight high cholesterol sugar and adhd life immune boosting tips fruit Egg allergy christmas allergies Lisa's Diary healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options benefits of sleeping fresh healthy cooking demonstration calorie controlled diet health pioneers indigestion quick recipes support your body brain health life choices focus how to be happy heart foundation tick explained sugar and add drugfree alternatives ask my doctor skip meals relax assertiveness 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart sexy salad fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys low calorie meal plan soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity feels good diet diary of a nutritionist overindulge cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia what is healthy food taking responsibility new year's resolutions