Many people are having issues related to and stemming from their brains these days. Your brain is connected to your nervous system, and together, this is the Master System in your body. It controls and coordinates ALL functions in your body. If your brain is not functioning properly or is imbalanced, it can have devastating effects on your body and health. The same can be said for your nervous system. In this article, I would like to concentrate on your brain and 3 things you can do to help your brain out.
The first thing you can do to help your brain is to get out in nature. Is is shown we spend 86% of our time indoors and another 6% of our time in enclosed vehicles. That is a lot of our time! Getting out into nature helps reduce inflammation. Inflammation can hinder your brain’s ability to have good decision making skills. So just by getting out in nature, you can help reduce inflammation and increase your good decision making skills! It appears that the way this might be happening is by reducing stress. We know that chronic stress leads to inflammation if it is not addressed. We also know that our modern lifestyle is often shown to be much more stressful than the lives of our ancestors. We need to give our brains a break and this is a good option.
So, how can you do this? You might not live by a park, you might be in the middle of a big city, you might think you don’t have time, etc. Well, to start, ANY time in nature is better than none! So, start with what you can. You do not need to visit a park to make it worthwhile. Anywhere outside will do. Instead of driving or taking the bus for a few blocks, make the decision to walk. If you are getting outside and want to take things a step further, you can bring some outside in via houseplants.
The second thing you can do is to detox from technology. The average American is spending about 6 hours per day looking at screens! What are people missing out on because they are in front of screens so much? It is likely things like time in nature, spending quality time with family and friends, exercising, developing connections, and other things that are beneficial to our lives. People feel that we are all connected through things like social media, but this is not a true connection and people are lonelier now than ever before. In addition to this, studies have shown that spending too much time on social media actually changes the structure of the brain!
We know that everybody cannot just get rid of all their technology. However, you can make a choice to reduce your screen time as well as make the choice to use technology in a conscious way. One good habit to get into is no screens at night. The blue light emitted from the screens is detrimental to your health and sleep. Another is eating dinner without screens. This impairs your body’s ability to digest food properly and totally takes away the mindfulness involved. A third is to take a break from your phone and screens. Set a timeframe when you will not use your phone, even if you get a call or text. A good time to do this would be dinner. Instead, talk to your family or friends and enjoy your meal. Sometimes it is easier if you leave your phone in another room so you are not tempted to use it. You can also set times where you may not want the phone in another room the whole time, but maybe you turn off notifications or turn your phone on silent for a bit.
The last thing you can do is to be conscious of what you eat and make healthy choices! The foods you choose to eat are going to affect your ability to make good choices as well as how you see the world. The foods you eat precisely impact your brain. When you eat inflammatory foods, it directly challenges your brain’s ability to make good decisions. One of the things that changes the way the brain is wired is our food choices. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat different foods and then you can make modifications when necessary.
These are 3 easy things you can do today to impact your brain. If you feel your brain is off, you may want to consider neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a natural, drug-free method of balancing the brain and encouraging the proper neural pathways. Neurofeedback can help with things like insomnia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, and more! You can find out more about neurofeedback here. Please contact Dody Chiropractic Center for Wholeness if you would like to learn more about your treating your brain!