Seven Ways To Optimize Your Brain and Your Life
By Dr. Daniel G. Amen
The brain is a three-pound supercomputer. It is the command and control center running your life. It is involved in absolutely everything you do. Your brain determines how you think, how you feel, how you act, and how well you get along with other people. Your brain even determines the kind of person you are. It determines how thoughtful you are; how polite or how rude you are. It determines how well you think on your feet, and it is involved with how well you do at work and with your family. Your brain also influences your emotional well being and how well you do with the opposite sex.
Your brain is more complicated than any computer we can imagine. Did you know that you have one hundred billion nerve cells in your brain, and every nerve cell has many connections to other nerve cells? In fact, your brain has more connections in it than there are stars in the universe! Optimizing your brain's function is essential to being the best you can be, whether at work, in leisure, or in your relationships.
From his work as a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain-imaging expert, there are 7 ways to enhance the functioning of your own brain and enhance your life.
1. Protect Your Brain
"....Current brain imaging research has shown that many chemicals are toxic to brain function. Alcohol, drugs of abuse, nicotine, much caffeine, and many medications decrease blood flow to the brain. When blood flow is decreased the brain cannot work efficiently....."
2. Feed Your Brain
3. Kill the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) That Invade Your Brain
4. Work Your Brain
5. Make Love For Your Brain
6. Develop A "Concert State" For Your Brain
7. Treat Brain Problems Early