11 Simple Brain-Boosting Steps

Want to know the real secret to achieving the body you desire?

Of course you do!

The great news is that it is not a diet or new workout or any kind of quick fix.

It’s actually all in your head! (Well…brain, to be exact.)

It’s really simple. Your brain is the command and control center for your body, and your brain function is directly related to how your body looks, feels, and functions. When you take care of your brain, you take care of your body. Want a beautiful body? Strive for a beautiful brain!

So, how exactly do you improve your brain health?

Having scanned more than 100,000 brains from 111 countries around the world, clinical neuroscientist, board certified psychiatrist, brain imaging expert, nine-time New York Times bestselling author and Amen Clinics founder, Dr. Daniel G. Amen, has developed the following 11 simple brain-boosting steps that will get you on your way!

11 Daily Brain Boosters from Daniel G. Amen, MD

1. Protect Your Brain

Simply be conscious of how precious your brain is to you and your loved ones!

2. Eat a Good Diet

Good nutrition is essential to good brain function and to a better body. A healthy diet includes lean protein, fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats such as olive oil. Studies show that your brain works better if you eat nine servings of fruits and veggies a day.

3. Take Daily Vitamins, Minerals and Fish Oil

Because most of us do not get all the nutrients we need from the foods we eat, I recommend that everybody take a daily multivitamin and a mineral supplement. I also urge people to take a daily fish oil supplement, which can decrease inflammation, boost blood flow to the brain and help to combat low moods.

4. Exercise

When it comes to the brain, exercise acts like the fountain of youth. It is the single most important thing you can do to keep your brain healthy and is one of the best ways to change your shape and improve your mood, energy level, sexual performance and overall health.

5. Get Enough Sleep

Getting at least seven hours of sleep at night has been shown to help your brain function at optimal levels, to keep your appetite in check, and to help your skin look younger.

6. Meditate

Meditation activates the most thoughtful part of the brain, so you can make better and more intelligent decisions.

7. Relax

Learning how to counteract stress and calm your body helps your brain work better, puts you in a better mood, reduces blood pressure, and protects you from disease.

8. Gratitude

When you focus on what you love, your brain works better, you are coordinated, and you feel better.

9. Have More Sex

Safe sex, and especially sex in a loving, committed relationship, is good medicine for your brain and your body, helping you reduce stress, boost immunity, live longer, and live more.

10. Balance Your Hormones

Hormones such as estrogen and testosterone play a key role in helping maintain the health and vitality of your brain and body.

11. Treat Mental Disorders

A strong link between mental disorders and physical illnesses and physical conditions has been well established. Treating mental conditions improves brain function and general health and well-being.