Brain Health

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A client came in the other day and said to me, “I am such a bird brain these days!”  She had shown up the day before thinking her appointment was the day before.  That can happen to all of us, but let me ask you a few questions.  Do you ever feel like you are getting old before your time?  Do you walk into a room and forget why you went in there?  Do you lose your car keys?  Do you find it hard to concentrate and retain information? Or do you know the name of a person or place and it is on the tip on your tongue, but you just can’t name it?

It can be exasperating, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting old.  We are bombarded with so much information today, it is easy to experience brain overload, no matter how old or young you are. It has to do with whether your brain function is at a low or optimal level of health.  Here are some things you can do to improve your brain function and help with retention, recall and readiness.

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One herb that is popular for brain health and has been used for thousands of years for nervous system health is Bacopa monnieri. Ayurvedic medicine classifies Bacopa as a rasayana (a restorative adaptogenic tonic) that enhances memory development, learning, and concentration.

You can think of using Bacopa in the following situations:
  • Debility (particularly mental)
  • Mental chatter
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Epileptic disorders
  • And as a tonic to slow the aging process.
(Donald R Yance. Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease. 2013. p379.)
Combine Bacopa with the following list of foods and you have a powerhouse of performance-enhancing brain support. 

The top foods for brain health share some common themes: wonderful fats, blood sugar stabilization, anti-inflammatory activity, and detoxification support: 

  • Walnuts
  • Wild Salmon
  • Pastured animal protein and fat (yes, this means eating chicken breast WITH -the skin)
  • Eggs from pastured chickens
  • Coconut (including medium chain triglycerides)
  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Kale
And there’s still a lot more to learn about brain health!  Stay tuned for our ongoing series HEALTHY from A-Z, an adjunct to our “7 Weeks to HEALTHY Patient Education Program.
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Any nutritional information or dietary advice is not intended as a treatment or therapy for any disease or particular bodily symptom. Nutritional counseling, food recommendations, nutritional advice and vitamin, mineral and/or phytochemical support are provided solely to upgrade the quality of foods in the patient’s diet in order to support the physiological and biomechanical processes of the human body. We make no warranties or representations expressed or implied as to the accuracy or completeness, timeliness or usefulness of any opinions, advice or information contained or referenced in this material. We also do not assume any risk for your use of this information. Any statements made have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

About Christine

Christine works with people who are tired of not feeling their best, who are ready for a change and want to achieve optimal health. Christine uses the unique combination of being a psychotherapist and a nutritionist to bring health and wellness into her clients' lives holistically. She utilizes the principles of The Vital Health Formula™, modern assessment techniques, and the latest research from science, spirituality and psychology to create breakthrough systems that result in her clients' success.

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