How to take care of your brain health and why it matters

Brain diseases are one of the most common occurrences in the world. Senile sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke … Almost half of the entire adult population struggles with a headache at least once a month. The quality of our life directly depends on the work of the brain: when there is fog in your head, you feel tired and unable to think clearly. Caring for the brain is a contribution to overall health. And good prevention of senile diseases. We chose from our books the basic principles that must be followed in order to keep the brain healthy.

Watch your diet

According to the results of the latest studies, which were carried out in the most respected scientific institutions around the world, the health of the brain and the development of various brain diseases are very much dependent on what happens in the intestines. You heard right: the most important aspect on which a person’s overall well-being and mental health depends is the state of the intestinal microflora. This is the so-called internal ecology of the body, which includes various microorganisms that inhabit the intestines, especially bacteria.

From the book “Intestine and Brain”

Eat the Right Fats

Eating enough fats – more precisely, the right fats – is critical to keeping myelin (which includes the sheath of nerve fibers) and maintaining signal transmission in the brain. Cholesterol deficiency can impair cognitive function and memory, especially in those on a diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and low in cholesterol. A study published in the European Journal of General Medicine found that a diet low in dietary fat and cholesterol and high in carbohydrates contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. On the other hand, eating foods high in the right fats improves memory and cognitive function in both healthy patients and some patients with signs of neurodegenerative disease.

From the book “Brain Biohacking”

Get rid of toxins

Detoxification can happen in many different ways, but it is an integral part of health care. The harmful effects that toxins have on the brain make detoxification an important step in optimizing brain function. In truth, our body already has its own system for removing toxins and is able to independently get rid of most of them, but it would be naive to assume that it can cope with the processing and removal of all those chemicals that we are exposed to every day, starting from natural environmental toxins such as mycotoxins to artificial toxins such as lead paint. Unfortunately, isolating yourself from them is not easy. You are probably unaware of their presence, but the brain definitely senses them as they put more stress on the mitochondria.

From the book “Brain Biohacking”

Less trash light

Today we are exposed to more unnatural light than ever before. Let’s call it trash light. Once we accidentally ruined our health by playing with nature and transforming food into fast food. Now we spoil our health by altering natural light sources and creating trashy light. Mitochondria (they produce energy that feeds us) do not tolerate it well, because they evolved in a different light.

To compensate for the junk lighting (which is almost all artificial light) that you will inevitably be exposed to during weekdays, make sure you get healthy light as well. The best option is sunlight. Go outside in the morning without sunglasses for at least five minutes. Wear open clothing to help your body create vitamin D3 sulfate. Sunlight has the most suitable spectrum for our body: from infrared to ultraviolet. Mitochondria (the energy that feeds us is produced in them) will work best when they receive a signal at the right time of day.

Be in the sun more often. A source

In cloudy weather, it is also useful to be outdoors more often in the morning and afternoon to adjust your biological clock.

From the book “Brain Biohacking”

Outside the electromagnetic field

Mitochondria are semiconductors, which means they conduct electricity. The process of energy production in mitochondria is an electrical process. This means that magnets and electromagnetic fields have an effect on mitochondria, and therefore on the body as a whole.

Protect yourself from electromagnetic fields: Do not carry your phone in your trouser pocket and use a headset when talking on the phone. This, by the way, is another reason to turn off Wi-Fi at night or leave the phone in another room. If you want to increase the level of protection, you can install electrostatic precipitators in the house: they plug into the outlets and reduce the chaotic reverberation in the house wiring, so that you are exposed to fewer diverse electromagnetic fields.

From the book “Brain Biohacking”

Get enough sleep

Interestingly, when we sleep, brain cells shrink by almost 60 percent – this makes it easier for fluid to circulate in tissues. After cleaning, the cells return to their normal size. All this contraction, expansion and pumping of fluid (hey, this is not about the plumbing, we are still talking about the brain) occurs with the participation of mitochondria. This means that if mitochondria work efficiently, then harvesting will take place faster. It is a mutually beneficial relationship: the better your mitochondria work, the better your lymphatic system functions and the better you sleep. And the better you sleep, the better your mitochondria work, because they have been cleaned off.

In general, if you want to give everyone the heat during the day, you need to get better sleep at night.

From the book “Brain Biohacking”

Stick to a low-carb diet

One of the ways that carbohydrates damage the brain is through spikes in blood sugar. When it rises, there is an immediate decrease in the level of neurotransmitters (these are the main regulators of your mood and brain function), such as serotonin, adrenaline, norepinephrine, GABA (an amino acid, the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter of the central nervous system in humans and mammals) and dopamine. At the same time, the supply of B vitamins necessary for the production of these neurotransmitters (and several hundred other substances) is completely depleted, as well as the level of magnesium decreases, which creates difficulties for the functioning of the nervous system and liver. Worse, high blood sugar triggers a reaction called glycation. In simple terms, this is the attachment of glucose to proteins and certain fats, which increases the rigidity of tissues, including in the brain. In particular, glucose molecules bind with proteins in the brain and create new deadly structures that cause more damage than any other factor.

Add vegetables to your diet. A source

Sugar levels rise sharply when we eat carbohydrate-rich foods, which is why experts recommend a low-carb diet.

From the book “Food and the Brain”

Reduce calories

In January 2009, the results of the work of scientists were published, which compared two groups of elderly people – one reduced calorie intake by 30%, and the other was allowed to eat anything and in any quantity. At the end of the three-month study, the group without dietary restriction showed a slight but pronounced decrease in memory function, while the subjects on the low-calorie diet improved memory. Knowing that pharmaceutical approaches to the treatment of brain diseases are very limited, the authors concluded that their “results can help in the development of new strategies for the prevention of cognitive health in old age.” Scientists also note that people with limited caloric intake have a reduced risk of stroke and neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

From the book “Food and the Brain”

Brain health depends a lot on lifestyle. Move more, eat healthy food, get enough sleep, and more enjoy yourself!

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