Boost Your Brain Power

Today I found an article the mercola.com site that will help you boost your brain power. It has a few health tips I haven’t seen elsewhere and even though the article is over a year old, you’ll still find them useful. They are as relevant today as they were when the article was written.

If you’re not familiar with him, Dr. Joseph Mercola is well respected in the world of alternative medicine. He is the New York Times best selling author who wrote The No-Grain Diet.

Boost Your Brain Power

Boost your brain power with these 9 tips.

Here are 2 excerpts from Dr. Mercola’s 9 Ways to Make Yourself Smarter.

6. Optimize Your Gut Flora

Your gut is your “second brain,” and your gut bacteria transmits information to your brain via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem into your enteric nervous system (the nervous system of your gastrointestinal tract). There is a close connection between abnormal gut flora and abnormal brain development, and just as you have neurons in your brain, you also have neurons in your gut — including neurons that produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is also found in your brain and is linked to mood.

Quite simply, your gut health can impact your brain function, psyche, and behavior, as they are interconnected and interdependent in a number of different ways.

7. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, or rather a lack thereof, has been called the “canary in the coalmine” for your future brain health, and recent research has bolstered the importance of this vitamin in keeping your mind sharp as you age. According to the latest research, people with high levels of markers for vitamin B12 deficiency were more likely to score lower on cognitive tests, as well as have a smaller total brain volume, which suggests a lack of the vitamin may contribute to brain shrinkage.

Mental fogginess and problems with memory are two of the top warning signs that you have vitamin B12 deficiency, and this is indicative of its importance for your brain health.

If you’re into scientific articles, here‘s where you can read the remaining tips.

In general, the same advice for keeping your body healthy applies to keeping your brain healthy. It seems that people focus so much more on their body’s fitness and forget to work on the brain’s fitness too. Boost your brain power too — it will do you good in the long run.

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