Brain Energy and Stress

The human body is said to have between 80-90 watts of energy with the brain  generating nearly 25 watts of power while you’re awake, which is enough to light up a light bulb. Energy seems to dissipate with stress so here are a few tips to help protect your brain. ( Thanks to Stephen Mills)

  1. Avoid Stress Like It Is Brain Poison –  Because stress IS brain poison.  Stress shrinks areas of the brain including your hippocampus.  Your hippocampus is the key to your memory.  Stress releases all kinds of neurotransmitters and burns out the generators.  Stress kills your brain and body.  Do whatever it takes and whatever you like to reduce stress.  Meditate, be positive, practice yoga, lead a balanced life, slow down, exercise, or whatever, but do anything and everything you can do to reduce stress.  This is critical to caring for your brain.  .
  2. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise – Did you know that healthy blood flow in your brain strengthens and maintains your neuronal connections?  So even if you don’t use a particular neural pathway, blood flow will help keep you from losing it.  Do you want to forget and get stupid?
  3. Use It Or Lose It – Exercise your mental abilities to keep them strong.  For example, if you think creatively, you will strengthen the connections that you draw upon for creative thought.  If you don’t think creatively, then you will eventually lose your ability to be creative.  Studies show that by the time we are in are forties, we have lost almost all of our creative abilities.  It’s disappearing a little more every day you fail to exercise it.  It’s easier to keep your connections than to try and recreate them.
  4. Eat A Rainbow Diet – Eat colorful foods; orange, red, blue, purple, and green foods.  These are loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants.  The nutrients are important brain food and the antioxidants are critical for your cell protection.  When you burn energy you produce free radicals and you need antioxidants to gobble them up before they damage your cells.
  5. Eat Complex Carbohydrates – Eat 80% fruits and vegetables.  The more fiber they contain the better.
  6. Don’t Eat Trans-Fats.  They harden your cell membranes and make your brain slow.
  7. Eat Fish, Chicken, Turkey, and Beans For Protein – These are loaded with the amino acids required for your brain to make and maintain a balanced set of neurotransmitters.  You need the fish for Omega 3 fatty acids.
  8. Eat Seeds and Nuts for Fat and Protein – Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pecans are excellent as are pumpkin, sunflower, flax and other seeds.  These kinds of fat do not make you fat.  Essential fatty acids are essential because your body can’t make them.  Your brain is full of fat and you need the fatty acids for a healthy brain.
  9. Control Your Blood Sugar – Too much glucose will kill your brain and too little will starve it.  Your body has a complex glucose-insulin regulation system to control blood glucose levels, but you have to help maintain it.

Balancing Time and Energy

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Time and energy are not necessarily tangible things that we can pick up and make manageable, each day of our lives. We know through our senses, through our neural pathways and the intricate workings of our bodies that time is passing and our energy levels fluctuating

How often do you stop to take note of the levels of energy? If the clock says 13.00 your stomach responds and sends hunger pangs and we automatically find food to satiate our physical need. If we yawn we consciously relate that to weariness or need for fresh air. If we are angry we sense a heat and a physical rise in our facial colour perhaps.

Does this begin to make you aware that we are dealing with subtle messages that we can tap into on a physical, mental, emotional and environmental level.

So how are you right now? How is your physical body? This is where we humans reside and the physical body gives out many clues to how our energy is serving us. Are you listening to your body? Do you sense aches and pains, temperature changes, signs of stress,or signs of fatigue? Being aware of all these indicators is the first step to understanding what your body needs.

Reflective Exercise

  •  How do you use up physical energy?
  • What do you need to replenish this each day?
  • What can you begin to do tomorrow that will help you sustain your physical energy levels?