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Neuroscience has proven that our brains are not hard-wired and that the connections (synapses) between neurons are ‘plastic’ and can change (neuroplasticity). Which means that it’s never too late to improve your brain health and functionality – why not start now!!


So what are the top 10 things you need to do to keep your brains healthy and functioning well?


DIET
The foundation of a healthy brain is a healthy well-nourished body. Neuroscience points towards a Mediterranean based diet of mostly plants (vegetables, fruit, and legumes) fish, some meat, olive oil, and nuts as optimal nourishment for brain health. Even wine and coffee in moderation can prevent cognitive decline, memory loss and protect against dementia
ANTS
What on earth do I mean by ANT’s? Well, we all have ANT’s. We all experience automatic negative thoughts (ANT’s) at various times which impacts our ability to reach our potential. It’s easy to become consumed by them and confronting unhelpful thoughts with cool logic, often doesn’t help. There are ways to loosen the grip of these unhelpful thoughts which I will share another time. But working on squashing your ANT’s will serve you well
EXERCISE
Neuroscience has shown that regular exercise can slow down the progression of memory loss and can even protect against the chances of developing dementia. Exercise promotes the birth of neurons too. As they say, ‘when the body moves the brain grooves’
SUPPLEMENTS
There are supplements to increase your brain activity, boost your immune system, extend your life, and generally provide nutrients that go beyond basic nutritional function. Brain Labs Supplements will do all of this and more.
POSITIVE PEER GROUP
Choosing the company you keep can really help your mental health. Having a supportive peer group who share new experiences and challenge your thinking or open your eyes to new possibilities are good for your brain.
CLUTTER FREE ENVIRONMENT
Our brains take in lots of information and it has to decide what it needs to be retained and what can be ditched. When your environment is cluttered, it restricts your brain's ability to focus and process information. An uncluttered environment enables the brain to process information more effectively.
SLEEP
Sleep is essential to your body's overall wellness, both physically and emotionally. Sleep improves cognitive function and psychomotor performance (the brain telling the body to move). Memories cannot be consolidated in your brain without sleep
PROTECTION
Looking after your brain at all times is a ‘no brainer’! Please wear a helmet when you are doing things that might put your brain at risk e.g. cycling, skiing, skateboarding, etc
LEARNING
People who learn and challenge themselves and stay mentally active throughout their lives have healthier brains and are less likely to develop dementia. Ideally, choose things that have a social and physical component such as dancing or playing a musical instrument. Mental activity should be regular, reasonably complex, and varied.
REDUCE STRESS
Chronic stress can change the wiring on your brain and increase the risks of dementia and decline of cognitive function. Too much cortisol (stress hormone) prevents the birth of new neurons and causes the hippocampus (the area involved in learning and memory) to shrink. De-stress by doing something pleasurable and relaxing. Everyone is different so choose something that works for you.