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Tips to Boost Brainpower

“If you want a sharper mind, actively start caring for your brain and acting for its betterment,” says Daniel Amen, M.D., author of Magnificent Mind at Any Age.

Break Up Your Routine

Brush your teeth with your left hand (if you’re a righty),  eat with your non-dominant hand,  jog backward, and pursue anything else that forces you to deviate from your daily patterns. “In so doing, you’ll stimulate new parts of your brain, encouraging it to make new connections,” says Dr. Amen.

Hydrate Your Mind

Your brain is 80 percent water, and if it’s not hydrated, your neurons can’t perform properly,” says Dr. Amen. Drink eight six-ounce glasses of water a day and avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine.

Clock Seven Hours of Shut-eye

“Science shows that people who sleep for seven hours exhibit significantly more brain activity than those who don’t,” says Dr. Amen. Lack of sleep inhibits learning, concentration, and memory.

Meditation

Achieve a calm, clear, stress-free brain through meditative belly breathing: Inhale slowly, allowing your stomach (not your chest) to rise, and then say the word one as you exhale. Repeat for 10 minutes.

Dance, Dance, Dance

“Few activities stimulate as wide a variety of brain systems as dancing does,” says Dr. Amen. “Dancing requires everything from coordination and organization to planning and judgment.”

Join a Reading Group

Watch less TV and read more. “Reading is good for your brain only when it involves storing and retrieving information,” says Dr. Amen. That’s why reading groups are beneficial. “And the social aspect of book groups adds another dynamic that bolsters cognitive functioning.”

Take Omega 3 Fish oils. It is remarkable for brain function. I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

Kill the ANTs

“Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) inflame the areas of the brain responsible for anxiety,” says Dr. Amen. They also increase the production of stress hormones, which kill brain cells. Whenever an ANT enters your mind, write it down and devise a plan to correct it.

Make love often

Men who make love at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to have a heart attack than those who have sex less often, say scientists. This matters because growing evidence supports a simple fact: What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. “Sex also releases feel-good chemicals that fight stress,” says Dr. Amen.

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Stress – what can I take for stress?

The majority of my patients describe feeling stress. Stress is tension and that is what we feel in our muscles. But chronic stress is even more severe, in fact, chronic stress is the silent killer of the 21st century. It can increase your risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and many other diseases.

Managing stress through exercise, healthy eating, good sleep hygeine and meditation helps. Did you know that you can also reduce the effects of stress with certain vitamins?

There are a number of vitamins and herbs for reducing stress, these include:

Ashwagandha: An adaptogenic herb that has a calming effect on the body. Some researchers have reported that ashwagandha has a so-called ‘anti-stressor’ effect. Studies have shown that ashwagandha might suppress the increase of the stress hormone cortisol, which can be harmful at high levels. Ashwagandha is in the Wellness Essential for Men (Metagenics) vitamin packets. 

B Vitamins: Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and folic acid are water soluble.  B vitamins can be depleted through perspiration, a common side effect of stress. B vitamins support the adrenal, neurological and stress-related function.   

Vitamin C: Has been shown to be helpful in treating stress. A study was conducted at the University of Trier in Germany to determine the effects of taking vitamin C during periods of acute psychological stress. The researchers observed that vitamin C helped reduce blood pressure, the stress hormone cortisol, and subjective response to acute psychological stress. 

Serenegen by Metagenics  is a classic, comprehensive herbal stress management formula targeting individuals that are “stressed & wired.” 
www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com to order Serenagen or the wellness Essential for Men vitamins.

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