Be Good to the Boss
The brain is the boss. It is the master of the nervous system, which is used to communicate with cells and other systems within the body. Protected by the skull and spine, the brain and nervous system respond to everything happening around us: sights, sounds, smells, barometric pressure, pollution, dust and perhaps most importantly, our thoughts and perception of the world.
Even the big boss sometimes needs support, right? Because the brain is coordinating every bodily function and processing every emotional, chemical and physical aspect of life, taking care of the brain should be a priority. ABLE Wellness, in Las Vegas, recommends this guide for brain support:
Get specific chiropractic care for subluxation correction – Subluxations, literally meaning states of reduced light, are caused by overwhelming emotional, chemical and physical forces. When the spine is not properly aligned, the nervous system cannot communicate properly with cells and optimal health is compromised.
Avoid poisons – Processed pseudo-foods contain a plethora of neurotoxic chemicals (brain poisons). Bisphenol A (BPA), found in many plastics, aluminum, pollution, pesticides, drugs, fragrances, artificial colors, artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners are poisonous to our brain. If it isn’t real, don’t eat it, breathe it, cook in it or rub it on your body.
Healthy fats – The brain and eyes are made of fat, so don’t be offended if someone calls you a fathead. Neurons are coated in fat, too. Don’t be afraid to eat fat as long as it is good, clean, fat from sources like avocados, nuts and naturally raised meats.
Exercise – Eye exercises and yoga are terrific brain boosters. All forms of exercise are effective for clearing the mind of useless chatter and stress.
Practice lifelong learning – Simply taking a different route to work will develop neural pathways. Learning a language or instrument, taking lessons, reading and staying actively interested will boost brainpower.
Think good thoughts – As silly or simple as this may seem, it is crucial. Reign in negative self-talk and replace it with positive thoughts. Instead of, “I have to,” say, “I choose to.” Be nice, give and receive praise (that’s right, receive!), be loving and kind to yourself and those around you.
Dr. Shelly O’Connor is a wellness lifestyle coach and chiropractor. ABLE Wellness, A Better Life Experience offers the opportunity for all Las Vegans to express their human potential by meeting Dr. Shelly and receiving a free adjustment. For more information visit AbleWellness.com.