A calm mind can focus, a scattered mind can not. A joyful mind is creative, a depressed mind is not.
Choose your weapons!
Ways to help your brain to help you.
- Be aware of your breathing.
Focusing on deep and slow breathing calms the stress responses as the brain receives the signal that you are not in an immediate life-threatening situation.
- Practice Gratitude.
Counting your blessings has a physiological effect on your brain. The secretion of feelgood hormones enables the brain to relax the stress responses and constant Adrenalin secretion which causes discord in all the systems of the body.
- Move your body.
Movement stimulates blood flow and enhances the provision of Oxygen for clear thinking.
- Inner Dialogue.
Be aware of negative self-talk and replace it with positive, more self appreciating phrases.
We are mostly wired and pre-programmed for worst case scenarios as it is the job of our Egotistical thinking to keep us alive and safe from bad luck, ridicule, hunger, poverty etc. Thus, it is constantly scanning our inner and outer environment for possible danger, misfortune and warnings.
To balance that, we have the innate ability to control our minds by becoming aware that thoughts are just thoughts. The brain does not know the difference between a real threat and a thought about a possible threat or between the truth about what someone else thinks of us and what they actually really think of us. It responds with the same stress hormone secretions.
Unless we learn to override this ancient programming, we age faster, live unhappily and find it very hard to even consider loving ourselves. It manifests in ailments and illnesses, obesity and addictions.
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
We usually live in total oblivion of all the things our bodies do for us without us giving it any thought. Blinking, breathing, healing, repairing, regulating temperature, digesting, heart pumping, etc., etc.
Our cells use the food we eat to build more than 300 Million new cells every minute.
There are roughly 170 billion cells in the average brain, including about 86 billion neurons. Neurons are cells that help transmit signals throughout the brain. There are also 85 billion other cells in the brain, called glial cells, that help support the neurons.
Not necessarily 1000% medically correct but you’ll get the drift.
“The cells with the most rapid turnover in the body are WBCs called neutrophils. They are the ‘first responders’ of the immune system, with a lifespan of +/- 24 hours.
A healthy person has at least 1,500 of these cells per Microliter (1 Microliter = 0,001 Milliliter) of circulating blood. It is estimated that we replace 40 to 50 billion of these cells every day.
In total, estimates of cell turnover in an adult human is about 50-70 billion per day. Most that are not neutrophils are the epithelial mucosal cells that line our GI tract from mouth to anus. Divide 70 billion by 24 to get the number per hour, and divide that by 60 to get cells per minute.”
Such a life generating piece of equipment
definitely needs more than
Brandy & Coke, Burgers & Pizza.
Food For Thought - Literally : )
Fresh, unprocessed food, especially
- oily fish such as Salmon, Sardines etc
- grassfed organ meat
- coconut oil
- leafy greens
Deep Breathing & Meditation - Health tool Nr 1
The value of meditation practices.
- Calming breathing
- Coherent thoughts
- Appreciation for life
- Love & empathy
- Energy surge
- Alkaline body
- Sense of humor and fun
- Problem solving ability
Watch this video of a Doctor who admits that very few doctors know anything about nutrition. When she contracted Multiple Sclerosis which, like Alzheimer’s and dementia, shrinks the brain, she did research and healed her brain and illness with natural healthy food.
“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realized, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn’t sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it’s all you have got, that freedom is a universe of possibility. And the choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.”
~ From Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts