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Brilliant Brain

This mighty organ controls nearly every function in our body… it’s about time we start supporting them! Listen along for some easy tips and routines to keep your brain powerful and strong.

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Check out these recipes and lectures to learn how to better support the brain:
Berry Bombe Oat Bake
Morning Skincare Routine
Evening Skincare Routine
Raw-ish Spiced Brownies
Ghormeh Sabzi
Golden Elixir
Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry & Kale Mallung

Weighing nearly 3 lbs / 1.4 kg, the brain controls our thoughts, emotions, movement, and nearly every other function in the body! The brain acts as a communicator by receiving chemical and electrical messages from both the inner and outer worlds, interprets them, then responds by sending new messages to the rest of the body. 

The brain tells us what to say, where to move, when to feel, and how to react. It uses the spinal cord to relay these messages throughout the body, and the two together make up your central nervous system, or CNS.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, balancing the right and left minds is necessary for continued growth and sustained health. If the left, conscious mind is over-stimulated with real world activities such as work, day-to-day tasks, and you find yourself always on-the-go, the right, creative mind may become clouded, making it difficult to tap into your subconscious, instinctual nature. 

Just as your body needs rest, so does your brain. Support it by getting good quality sleep, which starts with an evening routine to wind down – turn off your devices, read a book, meditate, breathe, stretch, or drink some tea. Anything that settles the mind before crawling into bed will prepare it for a good sleep.

During the day, fuel your brain with omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, hemp and chia seeds, flax, cold-water fish, algae, and egg yolk (but keep them slightly runny to protect the precious lecithin). Your brain is nearly 60% fat and relies on this nutrient to build healthy brain cells, keeping it in tip-top shape. 

It’s equally important the brain receives plenty of antioxidants to protect against free radical damage. Berries are an excellent source of these, as well as spices – think turmeric and saffron. Pumpkin seeds, beets, celery, and my favourite, dark chocolate, are other wonderful antioxidant-rich foods.