1. Move your body on a regular basis. We were made to move. Move daily if you can. One of the magical numbers we need to hit on a weekly basis is 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise. Exercise is a winner for helping symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, memory issues, and many others.
2. Drink clean water daily. Bottom line: we are made mostly of water and water helps clean us out. Our brain is made up of roughly 85% water. Our entire body is made up of more than 60% water. Dehydration leads to fatigue, poor toxin removal and immune compromise.
3. Breathe deeply on a regular basis. Deep breathing exercises help brain and overall body function. Breathing exercises can decrease stress and blood pressure. It can also increase blood flow. Most of us are busy and seated too much during our day. This makes it to where most of us rarely get deep cleansing breaths during the workday.
4. Get yearly blood work. Knowing your important numbers is vital to optimal health. Fuel delivery to the brain numbers are vital for optimal health (glucose and iron). It is also important to know our vitamin D level and our inflammatory markers. If you are dealing with any type of chronic health condition, it is also important to check your thyroid on a regular basis.
5. Consume inflammation fighting foods and supplements. Chronic high inflammation can lead to poor function of many important processes in the body. I am a fan of fish oil. Omega 3 supplements can help fight inflammation. B vitamins and glutathione also are often helpful.
6. Modulate your stress. Massage, neurofeedback, exercise and chiropractic adjustments help many with physical and emotional stress. Chronic high stress can cause our hormones to shift in a negative way and cause poor brain function. It has been reported that up to 90% of all doctor visits are for stress related health problems. Chronic high levels of stress has been linked to shrinkage of the brain and even dementia.
7. Set goals and work towards those goals. We all need targets to strive for. “The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~ Michelangelo
8. Spend time with people who make you happy. Watch out for the energy drainers. If people make you feel good and empowered, spend as much time with them as you can. If people make you feel bad in any way, try your best to limit your exposure.
9. Limit the sugar. Refined sugar is inflammatory. The United States Department of Agriculture reports the average American consumes 150-170 pounds of sugar per year. That is an incredibly high number when you think about it. It matters what we put into our body on a regular basis.
10. Get a brain map. Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized EEG analysis of brain function. It is as easy as putting on a cap that looks like a swimmers cap, getting a little bit of gel on your scalp and taking the electrical recordings of your brain.
Thanks for reading this blog post. —Dr. Jeremy Martin
If we can help you in any way, feel free to contact us at The Martin Clinic. We are located in Duluth, Georgia, across from The Infinite Energy Arena. Our contact information is 770.237.3970 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is themartinclinic.com.