"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


Tags

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

Archive