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How to Achieve Optimal Mental Greatness (OMG)

Brain Health, mental health, Mental Wellness

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In this life, most of us wish to achieve great things. That’s why there’s no better time than now to harness our optimal mental greatness (OMG). Imagine if tasks that once seemed difficult or tedious were to become effortless and even enjoyable. Luckily, there are many science-backed techniques and protocols to use to harness this ultimate brain-power.

Be sure to exercise

  1. Exercise in the outdoors. If we’re going to be exercising to decrease stress and build our brains, we may as well take our movement outdoors. Being outdoors is inherent to our biology. It’s no wonder that getting sunlight and being in contact with the earth treats inflammation and even chronic illness.
  2. Exercise in a way that’s fun for you. There are many different forms of exercise. There’s bound to be at least one you’ll thoroughly enjoy. Running, tennis, surfing, swimming, and walking are just a few examples. Choosing enjoyable exercise will ensure consistency and the likelihood of adopting exercise as a lifestyle choice. 
  3. Choose weight training for especially powerful brain enhancement. Weight lifting increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a hormone that gets released in high quantities during weight lifting. The hormone is known to protect brain cells and promote the growth of new ones. 

Be sure to get deep sleep

Sleeping deeply is also vital for brain health. Science is consistently showing that a proper night’s rest is not only about quantity, but quality as well. Deep sleep is essential for functioning at our best throughout the day. A good night’s sleep has even been shown to assist the brain in clearing out waste and toxins. 

There are a couple of important things to do in order to ensure deep sleep is possible. 

Foremost, be sure to stop using electronics after dark. Looking into blue-light screens during nighttime can confuse our internal, circadian clocks.

Also, try to do something relaxing before bed, like taking a warm bath or reading (or both). This will help you become drowsy, making sleep come easier.

Eat the foods that help the brain 

As many now realize, the foods we eat directly correlate with our performance and mood. Here are a few powerful brain-enhancing foods to consume often.

Turmeric 

Turmeric is renowned for its deep, yellow pigmentation known as curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to protect and reduce aging in our brains.

There are many opportunities to add turmeric to your routine throughout the day. You can add it to your tea and even mix it in foods such as oatmeal, rice, and curry dishes. 

Walnuts

Walnuts are excellent for the brain, especially since they contain a plethora of brain-benefitting omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are known to improve thinking skills and protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 

Toss walnuts in a salad, include them in a smoothie, or even blend them with savory ingredients to make a sauce or pesto. Other sources of omega-3 fats include chia seeds, wild-caught salmon, and avocado. 

Prebiotic and probiotic foods 

You may have heard of probiotic foods— foods that contain beneficial bacteria for our guts. Probiotic foods are important to consume given the fact that our brains depend on a healthy gut. Try adding fermented foods to your diet such as kimchi, yogurt, sauerkraut, and tempeh. 

While probiotic foods are very beneficial for replenishing the gut, prebiotic foods are equally as essential for maintaining the gut biome. 

Prebiotic foods are foods that feed gut bacteria that are already present in the digestive system. Prebiotic foods include root vegetables, bananas, nuts, oats, onions, and many other vegetables.

Water

Though not technically a food, I’d be doing this list an injustice by not mentioning the importance of water and hydration.

The brain depends on hydration for optimal function. This comes as no surprise— the brain is comprised of 75% water! Try to drink between 2 liters and a gallon of water per day.

Get these essential tests done for the brain

Make these tests a part of your next checkup. They’re important to ensure you’re not putting your brain at risk. 

One of these tests is the T3 test. The T3 test measures levels of triiodothyronine in the blood. Triiodothyronine is a hormone released by the thyroid gland. This hormone is essential for regulating bodily functions such as metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. Testing for T3 can determine issues with the thyroid that may be causing fatigue, sleep problems, weight gain, and more. 

Also, consider testing the level of vitamin D3 in your body. Vitamin D3 is an important vitamin for the brain and body that can be obtained from sunlight. It’s especially known to heighten mood and benefit the bones. 

Include positive people in your life

Having a good support group is key for managing stress and benefiting the brain. Maintaining stimulating relationships with people has been shown to make us happier overall. 

Developing relationships surrounding emotional support and positivity is especially beneficial. Having friends that support us through life’s hardships is important for mental health as well as a deeper sense of community and purpose. 

Interestingly, the term “community” consists of “come” and “unity.” This linguistical wordplay reveals an important component concerning the nature of community. Community unites us with common emotions, interests, and causes. A sense of community creates a deeper sense of purpose, and thus a deeper sense of life satisfaction. 

Include alone time in your life

Spending time in solitude is how we connect to our hearts as well as our dreams and visions for our lives. The renowned mythologist Michael Meade puts it well when examining the importance of being alone and turning within:

“Searching outside oneself for what can only be found within can lead to a life lived in the wrong direction and sacrifices made for the wrong reasons. People can wind up alienated from themselves even if they achieve lofty goals set by others.”

Turning within means finding the truth behind why we’re here on Earth in the first place. Without time spent alone, we can become lost in other people’s ideas of what we should be doing. Spending time alone connects us to the heart’s innate wisdom and understanding of our deepest longings.

Our deepest longings can be achieved with greater vitality after setting out to strengthen the brain. A brain that is strengthened through diet, exercise, friendship, and self-connection will surely be a brain capable of achieving great things with more ease and wellness. 

Best of luck with achieving your optimal mental greatness (OMG)! Check out TelMD for more wellness insights!

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