YOUR BRAIN IS BEAUTIFUL
Your brain controls every function in your body. Chiropractor Sunitha explains why is it so important to keep it fit and healthy.
Your brain is truly awesome. And hopefully, by the end of this, you will start to understand the majesty of the greatest organ in your body and why it is best to always look after it. It is the organ that controls every function in your body. From how you move physically, to how you digest your food, to your hormones and most noticeably of all— your thoughts. It is this beautiful brain that decides to wake up early in the morning to exercise and it’s the same brain that presses the snooze button and says “tomorrow…”
Those who have children or young people in their lives will know just how long it takes for us to learn to be functional and independent—to feed ourselves, to dress, to speak or use the toilet. Our minds are a blank canvas when we arrive here on earth. This also means that our brains are ‘plastic’, a term used in neuroscience, which tells us that the brain is able to change, as we are ALWAYS adapting and updating the information it holds within.
Have you ever gone to a party and talked to a cute guy and found him absolutely hilarious while your friend found him repulsive? That is just one example of how our world is what our brain PERCEIVES. So, whether you find something boring, challenging, stressful, easy or joyous, it is really your brain making that decision.
What does that mean for you? What do I want for myself? What do I want for my people? I want us to be our best, as being your best has a positive knock-on effect that is immeasurable. I want us to be our best not only when things are good, but when things are bad too. I think it is easy to do good things when we are feeling positive and relaxed, but what if we aren’t? This forum is about building healthy consistent habits. What I see is that when people are stressed, we feel that we need to do more. I am here to assure you that you need to do less. But first, let’s get back to basics:
1. Let it go
Most of us can practice letting go of the outcome by trying to remember why we started a project in the first place. If it no longer serves your purpose, it’s time to change.
“If you don’t like your life, change it — you are not a tree.”
2. Good sleep
At least 7 hours a night. When we sleep our brain can cleanse itself of trash that it’s accumulated throughout the day. No one can deny how much better their day is when they have had adequate sleep. This is why, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep (due to a snoring partner or sinus trouble, for instance) it can greatly reduce the capacity of your brain.
Our brains use oxygen and sugar to function. As we age, our ability to produce oxygen decreases. This is why, people like to work out or do high-intensity exercise, as it enhances circulation and, therefore, brainpower.
Most people are undernourished to some degree. We depend on adequate fats, vitamins D and B, iron levels and hormones for optimal performance.
These biomarkers are relatively easy and inexpensive to test. I think it’s important to know these levels so that you have a baseline for your health.
Most people wait until they experience a health crisis before doing anything to change their lives. These health crises can be anything from a physical injury to a burnout. I am here to challenge this by asking how do we know what “normal” is if you don’t know what your “normal” is? Why wait?
We are all so individual with our special set of genetics and epigenetics. The best thing we can do for ourselves and for the people around us is to be our best, and to do so is well within our responsibility for humankind. In my practice, I like to establish a baseline so that we can always know for sure if something is not where it should be in the future. This can happen after any number of stresses – be it falling off your bike or losing your job, these are all constant stress factors that the body has to adapt to.
I want to have a full, rich life. I want to be inspired by the people around me, and I want people to keep getting better every day.
So here’s a quote that moves me:
“I am not worried about dying. I am worried about not living.”
Don’t we all need to have a little more fun?