May is Mental Health Awareness month, and so let’s talk about your brain. Do you keep it healthy? Do you include mental strength training in your regular routine? Do you prioritize your brain health?
What Is Brain Health?
When we're talking about brain health, we mean the ability to remember, learn, play, concentrate, and maintain a clear, active mind. Simply, brain health means making the most of your brain. But just like any other muscle, you lose what you don’t use. To maximize your brain health, you need to make brain hygiene a priority in your daily routine.
Why Exercise the Mind?
No one questions the benefits of exercise on the body. Our journey to optimizing our health encompasses both our physical and mental well-being. As often as we exercise the body, it is important for us to also engage in the mental exercises that sharpen our brain (mental) function. The brain exerts central control over the overall functioning of the human body and is also the central processing point for memory, concentration, and cognition, among other mental activities.
Here are 5 BENEFITS associated with mental exercises:
How Do I Know if My Brain is Healthy?
Knowing where you currently score by using an app like BrainCheck, and keeping track of that score on a monthly or quarterly basis, should be a regular part of your health care routine. If you find that your score is slipping or that you are in a brain fog, it’s imperative that you proactively address your “brain care” so the damage doesn’t stack up to the point of no return.
What Do Researchers Say?
Current research indicates that a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, rich in good fats like polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, and packed with nutrients such as vitamin E and lutein, may protect brain cells and promote brain health. Regular sleep and exercise also contribute to a healthy brain. There is also support for improving brain health by learning, completing logic puzzles, and playing games.
Brain fog, poor focus, lack of concentration, and declining memory could be indicative of a micronutrient deficiency. It may be a good idea to check your micronutrient levels to see if you may need to make a diet change or add supplementation to your brain health regime.
How Can I Improve My Brain Health?
For an activity to be effective in exercising your brain, it is critical that it involves most, if not all, of your five senses - sound, smell, sight, touch, and taste. It also helps to stick to real-world activities (which will mean dropping your mobile device for a few minutes).
Here are 5 exercises to help build your mental fitness. Find an activity that engages all your senses at the same time.
How Else Can I Help My Brain Stay Healthy?
We know that nutrition is key in maintaining a healthy brain, but we also know that in today’s world it is a challenge to get all of those nutrients solely from our diet. However, not all supplements are made equal. This is where Next|Health has your back. We’ve done the research for you and have gathered under one roof a literal “brain health playground” to help supplement your daily brain health routine.
Our Brain Health IV is packed with amino acids and vitamins, including glutamine, l-glycine, and biotin (B vitamin). It is carefully designed to improve your focus, boost your energy, and improve your mood. Acetyl-L-Carnitine has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, allowing for optimized brain function and clarity, and taurine works to protect the brain muscle and support the slowing of muscle degeneration.
This IV also comes with a CoQ10 vitamin shot. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that maximizes cellular energy and protects the nervous system.
A Glutathione Push is also a great add-on to any IV. The mother of all antioxidants, glutathione supports healthy brain function, assists in tissue building and repair, and supports the immune system.
Research has shown that inflammation is a key contributor to many degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Cryotherapy and Infrared Light Therapy reduce inflammation and increase cellular energy, making them great additions to your brain care routine.
More Questions? Want More Information?
If you want to learn more about the importance of brain health and neurological wellness, as well as discover new, noninvasive methods and mental exercises for alleviating symptoms of many neurological conditions and improving mental health, check out this video of our May FOREFRONT event. Peter Opperman and Board-Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Amir Vokshoor, both share the most recent research on brain health, technology, and holistic care.
The brain is the most important organ in the body. Therefore, make sure to include brain health as a priority in your usual health care regimen.
STAY MIND FIT!
Dr. Darshan Shah is a physician, surgeon, entrepreneur, and is considered by many to be the "Doctor of the Future." His passion is educating the public on the newest technologies in health & wellness and how to look and feel your best!