Brain Health for Entrepreneurs

Have you ever thought that How important is Brain Health for Entrepreneurs and people into High demanding Job profiles or Businesses?

Optimal Brain Health is related to creativity, decision making, focus, concentration, cognition, memory and calmness during time of stress.  I have seen entrepreneurs working long hours and stressed and eat whatever is handy or having more of comfort foods like caffeine, smoking, refined carbs, fast foods without paying attention to the nutrition. Nutrition plays an important role in Optimising Brain Health. Taking few cognitive enhancement supplements for mental performance is like a band aid. The deteriorating brain health is the sign of oxidative stress, bad gut health and imbalanced hormones and neurotransmitters.

Gut-Brain Axis

The brain communicates bidirectionally with gut via Vagus nerve.  This is why, when you are under stress you either eat too much (under acute stress) or appetite is suppressed (under chronic stress) while in opposite way if you have bacterial overgrowth in the digestive tract or have higher amount of unhealthy flora it is detected by brain via the same nerve. One of important Neurotransmitter in brain called Serotonin is produced majorly in Gut by using L-tryptophan, an amino acid.

Roles of Serotonin

  • Sleep and wake cycle 

  • Mood and Behaviour during day 

  • Cognition 

  • Emotions 

  • Autonomic Nervous System 

  • Sexual desire 

  • Digestion & Appetite 

  • Happiness, Contentment and Satisfaction 

So you can see any imbalances in Gut can affect the production of Serotonin and affect all those traits mentioned above in a negative manner.

Low Serotonin Production can cause:

  • Disturbed sleep (difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep)

  • Mood fluctuations 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety 

  • Brain Fog

  • Sadness 

  • Lack of Motivation  

  • Loss of Libido 

  • Panic Attacks 

  • Obsessive compulsive Disorder 

Reasons for Declining Brain Function:

  • Intestinal Dysbiosis (infections, imbalanced gut flora)

  • Oxidative stress (smoking, toxins, poor diet, obesity, insulin resistance, food sensitivities)

  • Deficiencies (vitamins, minerals, low protein, less water intake)

  • Poor Diet (highly processed food, low fat, high saturated fats, trans fatty acids, excess refined carbs, excess sugar)

  • Poor Lifestyle (stress, lack of physical activity, overworked, sleep disturbances, late night shifts, emotional trauma)

21 Ways to Improve Brain Function 

  1. First and Most important is taking care of your Gut health, work with a Functional Medicine Practitioner to optimise your gut health

  2. Eat enough protein to get the amino acids which are precursor to brain health

  3. Stop smoking

  4. Eat more vegetables, avoid excess sugar and processed foods, include variety of colourful foods, foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids like Salmon and flaxseeds

  5. Get a sound sleep and have lots of waters

  6. Increase intake of antioxidant through foods

  7. Exercise at least 3-4 times a week better if it is HIIT

  8. Avoid any chemical or toxin exposure and detox whenever required

  9. Increase water intake to prevent dehydration

  10. Work of vitamin D, C and B deficiencies

  11. Yoga and mediation to calm your nervous system

  12. Spend time with our family and friends

  13. Take vacation

  14. Reduce fat and improve insulin sensitivity

  15. Do Intermittent fasting at least twice a week

  16. Play with kids or pets

  17. Avoid exposure to blue light after 7pm

  18. Avoid radiations via phones or wifi when sleeping

  19. Massage

  20. Acupuncture

  21. More oxygen (Pranayaam)

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