I thought it was just the way it was with everyone…I found out…powering my brain with Ketones instead of Glucose…made me sharp and full of energy all day long.
Brain by the numbers:
The brain weighs in at 3 pounds….yet uses the following:
- 25% of your calories are used to power the brain
- 20% of the oxygen you breathe is used by the brain
Here’s a cool infographic on other stats on the brain.
The Brain makes you who you are…..
Top Tips for a higher performing Brain:
- Exercise. The evidence is irrefutable, exercise makes your brain work better…period! From increased blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to our ‘Greedy Master’, to production of chemicals that help us connect nerve cells and even grow new ones; we all need to exercise. Watch for an in-depth article in the near future on this topic and the neuroplasticity of our brains!
- High quality animal-based omega-3. Krill oil is your most effective omega 3 fatty acid despite the fact that it contains less EPA and DHA. This is because krill oil is absorbed up to 10-15 times better than fish oil due to its molecular composition. Omega 3 intake is proven to increase brain volume and improve memory and alertness.
- Sleep. Sleep is not only essential for regenerating your physical body, but it is imperative for reaching new mental insights and being able to see new creative solutions to old problems.
- Ketones to power your brain. There’s another substance that can feed your brain and prevent brain atrophy. It may even restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain after damage has set in. Ketones. Ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy, and a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil! (We will share a lot more on this in later articles.)
- Water. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water content and our brains are even higher at upwards of 80%. Adequate water intake has been proven to improve memory, focus and concentration.
- Vitamin D. Activated vitamin D receptors increase nerve growth in your brain. There are also strong data proving that there is a link between vitamin D levels and serotonin production (the bodies feel happy and peaceful neurotransmitter!).
- Vitamin B12. If you’re struggling with brain fog, memory loss, or fatigue, you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency. It’s essential for healthy nerve cells, red blood cell formation, energy, and DNA synthesis, to name a few.
- Avoid at all costs processed, man-made fats. Fats that fall under the general heading of ‘Trans Fats’ and high Omega-6 oils including: Soybean oil, Canola oil, Corn oil, Safflower oil, Cottonseed oil, Sunflower oil, and Peanut oil. Vast studies have been done on this topic. One conclusive one was conducted by Dr. Gene Bowman. He stated:
“the most striking correlation found in the study was that people with high levels of trans fats in their blood had significantly worse cognitive performance and less total brain volume. In other words, the study indicated that eating foods high in trans fats — mostly junk food, like processed pastries and fatty red meats –- may cause brain damage.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/31/trans-fats-brain-damage_n_1173487.html
Don’t let your brain fall short of your full potential.
Improve your brain…with small daily changes.
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Cauliflower Moment….Getting sleepy at 2pm is not “just a normal thing” to feel.