Hearing the neuroanatomist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, speak last night at the Athenaeum is my inspiration for this blog. I love hearing her talk about the brain. The brain is part of our nervous system which also consists of the spinal column and the peripheral nerves. The nervous system is probably the most nutritionally sensitive system in the body. Therefore, food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies have a large impact on our nervous system. Long before you feel physical conditions, you’ll notice mental and emotional condition such as fuzzy thinking (brain fog) or nervousness. In addition the brain is 70% water, so it is sensitive to dehydration. Typically eating a wholesome diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, good fats (50-60% of the “dry” weight of your brain is fat, 35% being omega 3), lean meats as well as drinking sufficient filtered water supports our brain function. However also determining if you have food sensitivities or nutritional imbalances is important.
Dr. Jill also discussed that we have two brains, the left brain and the right brain. The left brain is used for language, logic, critical thinking, numbers and reasoning while the right brain is used for expressing emotions, music, intuition and creativity. Whether it is work or personal, just about every situation in life could benefit from using both brains. Supporting both sides using bi-lateral brain stimulation means using and strengthening the corpus callosum which connects the left and right brains. Bi-lateral brain stimulation also serves as stress relief which is beneficial to our brain function as well as overall health.
Examples of bi-lateral brain stimulation:
-Learning something new
-Walking, swimming, golf, tai chi, yoga
-Simple eye movements
I love solving problems so I am always thankful for my left brain but intentionally supporting both sides of my brain over the past decade has benefited every aspect of my life.
How is your brain health?