Brady’s Brain Bootcamp: The Ultimate Class for Maximizing and Preserving Your Brain

Written By Brady Wirick

My wife is a speech and language pathologist. She loves working with kids with delayed speech but what she REALLY loves is working with the elderly. She really does have a gift with them. She works at a short term rehab facility here in Idaho Falls where she sees A LOT of stroke and memory care.

As a result, our dinner time conversation revolves around the care these people receive. The acute care (aka when the incidents like strokes and traumatic brain injuries happen) provided in this country is the absolute best in the world. Once their lives are spared and you enter the rehab portion of their care, we fall painfully short in the areas of nutrition and neuroplasticity.

Hence this post and the next 2 following posts, and coming very soon, our brain health online course: Brady’s Brain Bootcamp: The Ultimate Course for Maximizing and Preserving Your Brain

In our toxic, over medicated world, maintaining optimal brain health is more important than ever. While we often focus on individual aspects such as diet or exercise, true well-being requires a holistic approach that addresses various factors impacting our cells’ health. You may remember a previous post on the Cell Danger Response (CDR). In this post we are going to focus those 9 fitness factors on your brain!

I must give credit here where it is do. These fitness factors are the mastermind of my dear friends Dr. Eric Balcavage and Dr. Kelly Halderman. If you have not read their book, you are missing out. It is about the thyroid, but can be applied to any health condition. PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE

Before we dive into the fitness factors, there is something you need to know. Your brain needs 2 things to survive. Fuel (glucose and oxygen) and activation (movement and stimulation). When those needs are met, you get neuronal plasticity. When they are not met, nerves die.

Neuroplasticity, often referred to as the brain’s remarkable ability to adapt and reorganize itself in response to experiences, is a fundamental concept in neuroscience. This fascinating phenomenon underlies our brain’s capacity to learn new skills, recover from injury, and adapt to changes in our environment. Neuroplasticity occurs through the formation and strengthening of neural connections, as well as the pruning of unused connections, shaping our brain’s structure and function throughout life. By understanding and harnessing neuroplasticity, we can unlock the potential for growth, rehabilitation, and cognitive enhancement, offering hope and opportunity for individuals seeking to optimize their brain health and well-being.

1. Diet: Fueling Your Brain

Nutrition forms the foundation of brain health. A diet rich in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins provides essential nutrients that support brain function and protect against oxidative stress. Managing your blood sugar (with food and exercise, not medications), Incorporating antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins into your diet can promote cognitive function and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

If you want to take a deep dive right now, check out our Blood Sugar Mastery Course.

You can also see our Optimized Brain Health Supplement Protocol

2. Sleep: Rejuvenating Your Mind

Quality sleep is essential for brain health and cognitive function. During sleep, the brain undergoes crucial processes such as memory consolidation, neural repair, and toxin removal. Aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night to support optimal brain function and emotional well-being.

3. Respiration: Oxygenating Your Brain

Proper breathing techniques ensure adequate oxygenation of the brain, enhancing cognitive function and reducing stress. Practices such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can promote relaxation, improve focus, and support overall brain health. For me personally, I have found that box breathing to be a valuable tool for my overall wellbeing. Check out my video on box breathing.

4. Emotional Stress: Balancing Your Mind

Chronic stress negatively impacts brain health, contributing to inflammation, impaired cognition, and mental health disorders. Engage in stress-reducing activities such as mindfulness, journaling, or spending time in nature to promote emotional well-being and protect your brain from the harmful effects of stress. Seek the help of a professional counselor. Learn to meditate. Find an exercises you love. Do not sit around and fall victim to the stupid box! (aka TV)

5. Physical Activity: Exercising Your Brain

Regular exercise is not only beneficial for physical health but also essential for brain function. Physical activity promotes neuroplasticity, enhances mood, and reduces the risk of cognitive decline. Aim for a combination of aerobic exercise, strength training, and mind-body exercises to support holistic brain health. Sudoku will not save your brain, but muscle tone absolutely will.

6. Habitual (Daily Habits): Cultivating Healthy Routines

Daily habits play a significant role in brain health. Establishing routines such as regular meal times, consistent sleep schedules, and mindfulness practices can promote stability, reduce stress, and support optimal brain function.

7. Environmental: Creating a Brain-Friendly Environment

The environment we live in can impact brain health. Minimize exposure to environmental toxins, pollutants, and electromagnetic radiation to protect your brain from harm. Create a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters mental well-being and cognitive vitality.

A hard look at personal care products is essential. Everyday items like household cleaners and personal care products can be very toxic. Download the Yuka app and start using it. You can also see a list of products we use in our amazon storefront.

8. Metabolic: Balancing Your Biochemistry

Maintaining metabolic balance is crucial for brain health. Monitor blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and other metabolic markers to support optimal brain function and reduce the risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity. We would love to work with you on this issue no matter where you are in the country.

9. Genetics: Understanding Your Unique Blueprint

While genetics play a role in brain health, lifestyle factors often have a more significant impact on overall well-being. Focus on optimizing the fitness factors within your control, such as diet, exercise, and stress management, to promote brain resilience and mitigate genetic predispositions to certain conditions. Contact us about genetic testing.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): A Proactive Approach to Enhancing Brain Function

In our quest to holistically nurture our brain’s health and maximize its potential, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) emerges as a groundbreaking, prophylactic technique. LLLT, also known as photobiomodulation, involves the application of low-intensity lasers to stimulate cellular function, promoting healing and reducing inflammation. Recent studies have shown that when applied to the brain, LLLT can significantly enhance neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience. This not only aids in the recovery process following neural damage but also in improving cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and executive functioning in healthy individuals. By proactively incorporating LLLT into our brain health regimen, we open up a new frontier in preventive neurocare, offering a non-invasive method to bolster brain function and resilience, safeguarding our cognitive vitality for years to come.

We do offer monthly subscription packages to make LLLT affordable for our local friends. 

Conclusion: Nurturing Your Brain Holistically

Incorporating the nine fitness factors of the Cell Danger Response into your lifestyle can lay the foundation for optimal brain health and cognitive vitality. By embracing a holistic approach that addresses diet, sleep, stress, and other key factors, you can cultivate resilience, enhance brain function, and enjoy a life of vitality and well-being. Prioritize self-care, listen to your body’s needs, and embark on a journey of holistic brain wellness today. Your brain will thank you for it!

Need to chat? Have questions? Call us or text us at 208-218-8622 to schedule a strategy session.

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