In Chinese Medicine it is believed that the spleen, kidney and heart organs all impact mental capacity and brain activity. These organs influence memory, concentration and recall. When one of these organs is experiencing deficiency or an imbalance, our brain can not function to its fullest. Acupuncture addresses the organs with specific points on the body to return the body back to balance and health.
A healthy diet is a healthy mind
There are many reasons to keep a healthy lifestyle and feed your body with foods that make you feel and perform your best. Diets that are high in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to promote brain health and protect brain cells. Taking a fish oil supplement with DHA or eating fish such as salmon can help improve brain development at any age. DHA, a type of omega-3, may also help prevent certain neurological disorders. Vitamin E and lutein can also help brain health. Incorporate leafy greens such as spinach and kale into your lunch or dinners.
Incorporating healthy organic whole foods into your diet helps your body recalibrate itself and clears toxins out of your system. Chinese Healing Arts can help you learn about foods for good health, explain the difference choosing good fats can make in your life and prescribe a program that promotes healing from the cellular level.
At any age, brain exercises are a great thing to get into the habit of. Keeping your brain stimulated can help retain your memory as you get older as well as your capability to learn new skills. The brain is never done learning. Exercises like reading, crosswords, number problems and games like sudoku can help keep your brain stay active and working. If you find yourself experiencing chronic stress, practice daily meditation for as little as five minutes a day to help reduce inflammation and support immune health, which are both controlled by the same area of the brain.
Keeping in touch with friends and family and continuously working on building relationships helps your emotional state as well as your physical health. Surround yourself with people who challenge you, understand you and keep a positive tone. Join organizations or clubs you are interested in and make new connections. Feeling connected to others is always important for your mental wellbeing.
Quit the bad habits
Bad habits can be almost anything in our lives we do to an extreme. Chinese Medicine believes balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. We often reach for those habit forming hobbies when we are feeling stressed or anxious. Consuming an excess in substances such as alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs can lower cognitive processes and decrease overall functioning and health.
Acupuncture has been clinically proven as an effective treatment for addictive behaviors. It has been shown to reduce anxiety, lower cravings, improve sleep patterns. After receiving acupuncture as a therapy for addiction, clients have reported an improved mood and outlook on life, less of a need for prescription drugs, and a better retention rate attending rehabilitation programs.
If you are interested in learning more how the use of Acupuncture, Chinese and Functional Medicine can boost your brain health please contact Chinese Healing Arts.