You unbox your smart TV. Hang it on your wall. Power it on. Now comes the challenge of actually using it. Luckily you have the manual. Guiding you to [somewhat] navigate the complex piece of technology that is your TV.
The human body is far more complex than your TV. And the brain is the most powerful computer on the planet. But there is no manual. So how do you know how to control your mind and body?
For the most part, your body just does its thing. You don’t have to tell your heart to beat, do you? You don’t have to tell your stomach to digest your foods, rather it just does. Your body lives without you having to tell it to live.
Your minds works similarly. Your mind will work without you having to tell it to. Mind you, it may not work as you wish it to. That’s where focus comes in.
For a healthier life; More peaceful life; A more fulfilling life, feed both your body and mind.
Feed your body
There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here’s another one: exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.
A raw food diet is low in calories, high in fiber, and based on healthy whole-plant foods. Eating this way will lead to weight loss.
Here’s a few supplements to get you started:
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the most powerful natural remedies in Chinese medicine. This ancient herbal remedy has been used for at least 6,000 years.
Turmeric’s main active component curcumin provides protection against:
- major depression
- epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative disorders
Scientists believe that much of this protective action comes from curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Research has shown that dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids carry benefits including:
- improved memory
- reduced symptoms of depression
- decreases in triglyceride levels
- decreases in blood pressure
If you haven’t heard by now, sufficient levels of vitamin D are essential for maintaining good health. Low vitamin D has been linked to several types of cancer, weight gain, depression, poor nutrient absorption and low bone density. Vitamin D3 is the most bioavailable form (most readily available for absorption in the body). The sun’s rays, when absorbed by the skin, convert to D3 in the body; however most Americans do not get enough sun year round. Studies have shown that high doses of vitamin D3 supplements – more than 800 IU/day – can have great benefits.
Feed your mind
We can only focus attention on one task at a time. Trying to multi-task, such as studying and watching TV simultaneously, leads to a decrease in performance on each task.
Being more focused means being able to pay attention to your plan and control the everyday distractions that life puts in your path.
Meditation lowers blood pressure and can amp up your immune system. All the while improving your ability to concentrate.
Those who meditate can choose among a wide range of practices, both religious and secular. What they have in common are a narrowing of focus that shuts out the external world and stills the body. Interested? Read the Beginners Guide.
Nootropics, from the Greek “noos,” for “mind,” are congnitive enhancing compounds to improve concentration and boost memory.
With use of these “smart drugs,” you can juice up for your mental work, the same way a body builder might for the bench press. To be clear, though, nootropics are not steroids for the mind. In fact, true nootropic fanatics (who call themselves “noots”) claim that nootropics grease the cognitive wheels, enabling the brain to operate at its “cleanest” and for longer periods of time.