Protect Your Brain Health – Increase Your Blood Flow / Oxygenation
1. Essential Oils
Natural compounds, like essential oils, have been shown to increase circulation and blood flow to the brain. For example, essential oils can help relax and improve the health of your blood vessels. This helps more blood circulate through them, improving your circulation and increasing brain oxygen levels in the process.
Essential oils to increase brain oxygen can also be used to help your veins contract, stimulating blood flow.
There are specific components found in essential oils that help to pull oxygen into the brain. Three recommended blends are Parasympathetic, Circulation, and Brain Boost.
These can easily be used several times throughout the day.
Exercise helps to increase brain blood flow and circulation. Research shows that moderate exercise increases blood flow to the brain by as much as 15%.
High-intensity interval training in particular dilates blood vessels, lowers inflammation, and improves blood flow to the brain. This involves reaching your maximum heart rate with a short but vigorous burst of exercise, resting, and repeating.
But, you don’t need to work out intensely to increase blood flow to your brain. Simply walking for 30 minutes at a brisk pace, three or four times each week, is beneficial. It will get more blood and oxygen to your brain. The secret is to make it part of your weekly lifestyle activities.
One of my favorite and daily forms of exercise is Cellercising (rebounding). According to Dave Hall, creator of the Cellerciser – “Rebounding is an aerobic exercise, which increases oxygen flow and improves lung capacity. When you’re on a rebounder, and you’re following a workout program, your heart rate will increase, which enables more oxygen to be carried around the body in the red blood cells. The more intensely you exercise, the faster the heart will beat, increasing the volume of oxygen in the body. Using a rebounder has also been found to increase oxygen uptake. Studies carried out on astronauts showed that oxygen uptake was up to 68% higher when rebounding than running.”
Laughing increases oxygen levels in your body at both the cellular and organ level. When you laugh, you take in vast amounts of oxygen in huge gulps. And higher oxygen levels aren’t the only benefit you’ll feel.
Laughing massages the organs and improves digestion.
Laughter moves lymph fluids in your body by the contractions of laughing, which boosts your immune system function and helps clear out waste products from your cells.
4. Cold Temperature
Exposing yourself to cold temperatures can also help you get more blood flowing to your brain. Even putting your hand in ice water for one minute can significantly increase the speed of blood flow to the brain. And for those of you who are brave enough, incorporate cold showers into your routine.
Research also shows that light stimulates brain blood flow and circulation.
In one study, researchers used PET scans to monitor cerebral blood flow in patients with season affective disorder (SAD).
Before light therapy, the scans show that patients had reduced blood flow to the cerebral cortex. But after just a few days of light therapy, the brain started to light up, indicating greater activity and increased blood flow.
Eating antioxidant-rich foods allows the body to use oxygen more efficiently so that it enters the bloodstream in the proper amounts. Examples of antioxidant-rich foods include:
Red kidney beans
Citrus fruits, especially lemons, limes, grapefruit, and orange
7. Beets and Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide (NO) is a molecule that is naturally produced by the body, that plays a key role in relaxing the inner muscles of your blood vessels, causing them to widen and increase circulation. Blood then moves more freely and can deliver oxygen and nutrients to your whole body more efficiently. Eating certain foods can help to increase your nitric oxide. Beets or drinking beetroot juice is one of these foods.
8. Indoor Plants
Plants have the ability to remove carbon dioxide and return oxygen to the air. That’s basic photosynthesis. Improve your home environment by having a variety of plants throughout your home.
9. Omega 3
Omega 3 supplementation was shown to support increased brain blood flow.
PS … Caffeine – Not … not good news for coffee drinkers!
Studies have shown that if you want to get more blood flowing to your brain and within your brain, you’re better off avoiding or limiting caffeine. Researchers have found that caffeine significantly reduces brain blood flow by 20 to 30% depending on the study and dosage. As one study stated: “In conclusion, we find strong, regionally specific reductions in cerebral blood flow after caffeine administration.”
Certified Health Consultant
David spent over 27 years in the mortgage/real estate business. But 33 years ago, God re-directed his life and placed in him a passion for natural health and prevention of disease. Today, David is a certified health consultant, and for the last 33 years has lived a natural food lifestyle and discovered simple, key components for living a lifestyle of health and vitality. One of the early things David realized is that disease was NOT the result of a drug deficiency. And that everything we think, say, and consume or are exposed to in some manner or another either supports our cellular structures or causes them to age faster and breakdown.
David believes there is nothing more important than to live within God’s blueprint for one’s life. Each of us has been given specific gifts, talents, and purpose that are to be lived out on a foundation of faith in Him and His Word.
“It saddens me to see people suffering, frustrated, or discouraged with life … and fall into the rut of living, unable to reach their full potential: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. I think it’s also a travesty in this country people that are not educated in personal health care, nor in how to protect their privacy, assets, and often liberties. God has designed us to live amazing lives, and sometimes it just helps to find someone who will come alongside and provide the hope and direction needed at that moment. It’s about bringing together your personal and business aspirations into a balanced vision for your life, aligned with His Word.“
“Bottom line, what balance do you need to bring to your life, what type of life do you desire to create that enables you to be all you can be and live a life with no regret – a life that produces a faithful servant?”
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