Of all the organs and systems in the body, the brain likely gets discussed the least, as far as “support” is concerned. Many people do not think of their brain as an organ that needs supporting. However, maintaining good brain health is a critical component to living a healthy life, as critical as heart health, bone health or the health of any other system or organ. To that end, there are a number of things you can do to maintain brain health throughout life.
It is important to take care of your mental and spiritual health––this is likely a commonly overlooked component of health. Poor mental and spiritual health has been shown to have very physical ramifications. Maintaining healthy relationships with those around you is important towards this end. Many people find time throughout the day to pray and/or meditate. This “quiet time” is known to have stress-reduction effects that are beneficial both for both mind and body. Giving your mind “work outs” is important, too; this can include learning new things, reading or other activities that flex your “mental muscles”. Like exercising, finding time to support your mental health is important.
There is also the physical side of brain health that is important to support; diet, exercise and supplementation can all play a role in this.
First, there are certain foods that support brain health, such as fish high in Omega 3s, nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados; all aid in promoting the health of the brain. The brain has a large percentage of fat; eating foods with healthy fats have been shown to boost brain function. Other foods, such as blueberries and green, leafy vegetables have been shown to prevent cognitive decline.
Exercise has benefits for the entire body, and brain health is no exception; exercising can play a role in mental clarity and brain function. There are also supplements that can boost brain function and promote brain health. These include fish oil high in DHA, alpha lipoid acid, curcumin, phosphatidylserine, vinpocetine and ginkgo biloba. There are other supplements available, too, and more research frequently comes out on supplements confirming the ability to boost brain function.
One commonly overlooked component of brain health is protection against fungi. Fungi and mycotoxins are known to have effects on the brain. Many people who suffer from fungal problems report brain symptoms, such as brain fog and memory problems. Protecting yourself from fungi should involve making sure your work and living space are free of fungal infestation. It should also include a diet and supplement regimen that protects against pathogenic fungi and limits exposure to foods contaminated with mycotoxins. This is the goal of the Phase One Diet. Many people who go on the Phase One Diet report dramatic improvements in mental clarity and function.