Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today. Today, we will be talking about the Top 10
Brain-Building Breakthroughs, including the best supplements, diet, exercises, essential
oils, and a whole lot more to help take your brain to the next level. There’s a lot of people today I know struggling
with issues related to the brain. It could be ADHD, it could be autism, it could
be dementia, Alzheimer’s. It could be you struggle with brain fog on
a regular basis, poor memory or just lack of motivation. All of these things can be related to you’re
not getting the proper nutrients and not doing the right activities that can really help
improve your overall brain function. So what I’m going to do is go through all
of the things you can do today that are going to be incredibly beneficial for your brain
but also for your entire body. And also, hey, help me spread this message. There’s a lot of people today, think about
all the people who are struggling with kids who have been diagnosed with ADD and autism
who need to know this information. Think about all of the people who are struggling
with dementia and people taking care of them who just . . . they don’t know what to do,
they don’t know the natural alternatives. So hey, take a minute right now, help me spread
this message that food is medicine, punch that “share” button, click that “like”
button, and let’s dive right in. So here we go, number one here is yoga. Now, I want to mention this, when it comes
to yoga. I believe yoga can be a very therapeutic practice
for the brain and practicing, you know, really focusing on your body, and really that brain-muscle
connection. Now, I know there’s a lot of people in a lot
of different religious circles who feel different ways about yoga. Now, my belief system is that yoga can be
greatly beneficial. I know there’s some people, though, that believe
that it is a spiritual practice that started in Asia or actually India, and people may
have religious issues with it. But let me just say this, for me and in having
a Christian faith, for me when I’m doing a certain pose, you can do that to whoever
you want, in my opinion. I can be bowing before Jesus and before God,
and doing it that way. So just to let you know, it’s all about your
intention with what you’re doing with your yoga poses. So that being said, yoga can be greatly beneficial
when it comes to obviously improving your flexibility. But here’s a big thing, when you’re doing
something in yoga . . . I do a class called Hot 26 where I’m balancing on one foot. In order to do that, I really have to use
my brain and really focus on firing certain muscles in the body. It’s also increasing something called “proprioception”
in your body. And proprioception is your brain working with
your ligaments, and tendons, and muscles, and actually it’s improving your brain to
body connection. So yoga, especially doing those proprioceptive
balance exercises, has tremendous benefits, actually boosting brain activity. And also when you’re focusing on doing something,
some of the activities and taking deep breathing, that’s another big benefit of yoga class. As you work on deep breathing in and out of
your diaphragm, that’s actually been shown to help oxygenate your brain. So again, yoga can be greatly beneficial,
and hey, if you don’t want to do yoga then practice deep breathing and proprioceptive
exercises. Now, juggling, very similar. Juggling has been shown to improve your levels
of concentration. If I had a few tennis balls here, I learned
to juggle when I was younger, I would show you how to do it. But juggling is greatly beneficial because
you are focusing on multiple things that are moving very, very quickly, and it’s actually
helping increase your focus, concentration, and your hand to eye coordination. And there are studies showing, people that
have improved hand to eye coordination also actually helps improve your memory and learning
skills. So juggling can be greatly beneficial there
as well. And when you start juggling, you start with
two balls, and you start with one hand and then you add in a third ball and that’s kind
of how you work your way up. Number three here, meditation. Now, meditation can mean many things to many
people. Now, whether you are . . . really no matter
what your religious background is, for me reading the Bible. When I read the Bible, meditation is something
that many of them did. What I do when I meditate is I’ll spend
some time in the morning reading a Bible or a devotional or a personal growth book, and
I’ll pull out a principle I learned there. Love your neighbor as yourself, there’s a
good example. And then, I’ll really sit there, I’ll
spent some time with God and just praying, and then, what I’ll do is I’ll really reflect
on what does that mean, and how can I apply that to my life. That’s one of the things I’ll do when I meditate. Love my neighbor as myself, what does that
mean? That means I’m going to do something very
kind. My closest neighbor is my wife, so I’m going
to do something for her today. Maybe, love my neighbor herself. Now, I don’t want flowers but she does, and
so again, love her as she wants to be loved. Another similar thing, love your neighbor
yourself. Think about people in your workplace. Think about the people that you can love and
do something for them. And actually, that type of meditation, really
thinking deeply, is a principle of the Bible. It’s also a principle of ancient Chinese medicine
where they believe that that actually increase your body’s chi, your life force, your vital
energy that thing that . . . Do you ever notice there’s some people they just sort of look
down and dreary. Some people they almost have this light in
their eyes, this glow about them. Well, in Chinese medicine they call that your
chi, your overall energy, people that are just sort of like just want to go out and
just have very high spirits. When Chinese medicine what nourishes your
body’s chi is actually reflecting on these things where you’re going to go out there. It’s really meditation, meditation deep thought
and thinking, actually doing that internally overall helps increase your chi and your energy
outward. Number four here, jumping to some advanced
nutritional principles, rosemary and rosemary oil are one of the most powerful nutritional
plants in terms of improving your brain. In fact, there are medical studies showing
if you use rosemary essential oil, it greatly increases your memory and your focus, all
at the same time as thickening your hair if you’re using it in your hair. So rosemary contains rosmarinic acid. It’s also anti-inflammatory, but it’s great
for boosting the memory. What you’ll do is, take about five drops
of rosemary oil and rub it on your temples or massage it in your scalp. But rubbing it on your temples, rubbing a
little bit under your nose or deep breathing it in and out is great to help improve focus
and study. Now number five here, omega-3 fatty acids. So many people today are deficient in omega-3s. Omega-3s are crucial for your cells, and it’s
crucial for reducing inflammation of the brain which a lot of people have. So you want to get more of these omega-3 fats
from wild caught salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, just any type of fatty fish is
going to be loaded with these omega-3 fats. So get omega-3s every day. And if you’re not getting them from wild caught
fish, get them from a fish roe or caviar supplement, a fish oil, a cod liver oil, but make sure
you’re getting omega-3s every day. And another fat I want to mention here are
animal fats. Animal fats, make-up our bodies, and so getting
good organic tallow, schmaltz, bone broth oil, these things on a daily basis is beneficial
as well. Another great thing in order to improve your
brain, and there are studies on people who struggle with Alzheimer’s on this. If you are learning something new, it actually
can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s over time. So learn something new, maybe it’s a new language,
maybe it’s a new skill—juggling is a new skill—maybe it’s a new type of activity,
maybe it’s indoor climbing or, practicing a type of exercise, or doing puzzles, or crossword
puzzles. Doing things where you’re learning and activating
your brain. A lot of people, especially people that start
to age, and once they stop to work, they stop having to solve problems. They get in the same daily habits day after
day where literally their body can do things repetitively without ever thinking. So again, doing things to where you’re actually
activating your brain, certain areas of your brain, learning something new, it is crucial
for improving your overall brain health. Number seven here is walnuts. Now, if you ever look at a walnut, think about
the way it looks, it actually looks like a brain. It literally looks like half a brain. If you have a half of walnut there on the
other side it makes up a whole brain. Within Chinese medicine, we know that when
you consume a food that looks like an organ, it typically supports that system. So in Chinese medicine, doctors recommended
people consume walnuts to help improve the brain. Well, today we know through medical research,
walnuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium which both support the health
of the brain. So consuming walnuts, maybe with some raisins,
those two things together everyday, a great natural snack for the brain. Number eight here, getting your runner’s
high. Now, you don’t have to run to get a runner’s
high. You can do that with burst training. You can do it with cycling. You can do it with swimming, but things where
you’re really going for a long period of time. You’re really increasing your circulation. That’s the key. When your body gets a flood of circulation,
you’re . . . actually, this might surprise you, your small intestine, not on your brain,
your small intestine starts producing loads, and loads, and loads of serotonin and other
neuropeptides which boost your mood but also keep your brain healthy. Think about this, if you are sitting all day
and you’re not getting circulation, your body is like a swamp. You’re not getting certain nutrients out to
various areas of your body, especially that are distal such as your brain. So again, getting a lot of circulation all
the time can actually help feed the brain, bring it nutrients, helping you heal your
body naturally, improving focus, memory, and a lot of issues over time. By the way, if you’re enjoying this live training
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because there are a lot of people watching who do not know these truths here as well. And by the way, as well, if you are a person
who is doing a practice or you know of a practice that I haven’t mentioned here that helps improve
brain health and function, hey post that right now on Facebook Live and YouTube Live, I’d
love to hear it from you, some of your best tips for improving brain health. Number nine here, intermittent fasting, can
actually help clear the brain. Now, fasting is something that was used in
reference biblically for overall health, and it’s even in medical studies today that intermittent
fasting can help improve brain function. Now, when you’re eating, you’ve probably heard
of not just the brain-body connection but the brain-gut connection, okay? Your gut is connected to your brain. So, if you have something going on in your
gut called “leaky gut,” proteins, and toxins, and bad bacteria can leak through
the bloodstream, circulate and cause brain issues. This is very common with a condition like
autism where a child is having an outburst. If they consume gluten, they have leaky gut,
goes through their bloodstream, affects the brain like opium would actually, like an opioid
causing these behavioral issues. Now, some other thing that if you’re fasting
and not eating, you’re not having that issue and that’s actually giving your gut more time
to regenerate and heal and seal that gut lining. So again, intermittent fasting, so skipping
breakfast, and lunch, and eat or at least skipping breakfast and just maybe consuming
a meal at noon, three and six and not eating those other hours of the day can be greatly
beneficial at improving your brain health. And also 10, many different types of mushrooms. Lion’s mane mushrooms, one of my favorite
mushrooms for boosting your brain health. So, again lion’s mane mushrooms. You can see here some of the different types
of mushrooms here. There’s a lot of psychedelic mushrooms which
are beneficial but especially lion’s mane mushroom, one of the best for boosting your
overall brain health. So remember some of these tips. Number one, using yoga. Again, you use the right type of intention
when you do the poses. Number two here, juggling. Meditation, rosemary, omega-3 fatty acids. Learn something new. Walnuts, because of their omega-3s and their
magnesium and minerals. Getting your runner’s high, again, any type
of circulation is good just getting movement and blood flow. A mini tramp is actually great thing to do
too. A mini tramp is actually good for getting
that going. Intermittent fasting and lion’s mane mushroom,
all of these things are very, very beneficial at improving your brain health. And again, I would love to hear from you what
are your top tips for boosting overall brain health. And listen guys, there are a lot of other
things I could have covered here as well. Again, we could have covered things like animal
fats and their benefits. We could have covered other oils like rosemary,
not just rosemary, vetiver essential oil and cedarwood oil have tremendous benefits for
the brain as well. But again hey, if you know someone you love,
or you yourself or a child is struggling with some of these issues of the brain and really
need brain-boosting benefits, hey, start applying these things in your life today or take a
minute and share this with someone you love. And remember, every Monday through Thursday
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