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6 Core elements of brain health

Brain disease has out paced heart disease as the number one health problem, and that for a couple of years now.  Taking care of our brain, helping it develop well and correcting imbalances that present are very serious concerns today.

After working with kids in our B.L.I.S.S. Program, one that specifically addresses issues like ADHD and autism, we realized the importance for sharing some of our brain basics that are very helpful for all people, kids and adults alike, to ensure proper brain development and function.  Look below and learn some of our core elements to make them a part of your brain health program.   If you need more information or just have questions you can comment below or send us an email.

Nutrition

 

Think about it.   🙂  Your brain is always “on.” It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.

Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.

 

MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.

As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker, or more active.  This is a powerful tool in creating a sharp mind with long term health benefits.

Mindfulness

Proprioception and Balance

Balance is necessary for almost every activity that you do.  The balance board requires all of the parts of your body to work together, or you’ll fall off or stumble.  Whether it is large motor skills like walking and running, or fine motor skills like threading a needle, your equilibrium affects it.

A balance board can help :

– your reaction time as you learn to act quickly to correct a mistake, and to learn to not over-correct.

expand your neural networks that enable the left and right hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other, thereby increasing its efficiency;
– develop sensory integration and cognitive skills in children with developmental disorders;
– dancers be lighter on their feet and teach singers optimal posture for the control of air-flow;
–  to shake off writer’s block and other inhibitors of creativity.

These are 3 of the basics for healthy brain stimulation, development and function.  In the next blog I’ll give you another 3 that are also not to be missed.  The brain develops from the bottom-up and then regulates everything from the top-down.  We must have good information going to the brain to give it the stimulation it needs to process and function at its best.

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