8 Tips for a Healthy Brain
By Jenny Abel, R.Ac.
A healthy brain is key to mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Little adjustments now can make a big difference to our lives and greatly impact the way we age. Here are 8 tips for a health brain– ways to improve memory, focus, mood, sleep, and prevent brain disfunction.
1. Fuel your brain with:
Walnuts: super foods for the brain, they even look like the brain! Fresh fish: nourish the brain with healthy fats, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
2. The Spleen, Heart, and Kidneys are related to brain health in Tradition Chinese Medicine:
The Spleen: absorbs nutrients and helps us have clarity of thought. Over-thinking hinders the spleen’s function. Eating yellow foods, like sweet potatoes, boosts the spleen.
The Heart: is connected to emotional well being and influences the mind. Red foods like raspberries and beets are good for the heart.
The Kidneys: govern the brain marrow and control aging. Eating black foods like black seeds and seaweeds are good for the kidneys.
Move your body, roll your shoulders, wrists, and ankles, practice Qi Gong, and bring fresh blood to your brain. Find exercises that you enjoy and make you feel happy.
Find a way to process your emotions– don’t repress, express. What we repress gets bottled up and can turn into illness. Living our lives while expressing our unique truth moves our qi/energy in our body and keeps our minds and bodies healthy and vital. Here is a great tool: No-Yes Active Meditation
5. Rosemary essential oil:
This essential oil enhances mental clarity and memory. You can use a few drops in a diffuser or topically with a carrier oil. It acts as a great study aid– use it while learning new material, then again when you need to recall the information.
6. Scalp massages:
Give yourself regular scalp massages to bring fresh qi(energy) and blood to your head. You can also press “Yin Tang”, which is an acupuncture point right between your eyebrows, also know as “the third eye”.
7. Engage your brain:
Spend at least 15 minutes a day challenging your brain–do a crossword puzzle, learn a new language or an instrument. Socializing also plays a factor in memory– people who are isolated are more prone to memory loss.
Acupuncture is an effective preventive medicine for diseases of the brain. Additionally, it is a scientifically proven treatment for a number of brain disorders, and can provide relief for people suffering from serious brain conditions.
To learn more about how acupuncture can help boost your brain’s function and reduce the symptoms of stress, visit our website to book a free 15 minute consultation or an appointment online.