Cognition

The brain is the command center of the body and orchestrates the millions of systems occurring every second in the body. Cognition is the general term for the proper function of the brain in acquiring knowledge, processing information, memory recall, managing stress response and promoting a healthy mood. Factors like poor diet, stress, and lack of sleep can cause the chemical switches or genes in the brain to malfunction—thus diminishing cognitive and overall health. 

Poor cognitive health can lead to the following:

 

 

How to improve cognitive health?

  1. Nutrition:
    • Eat foods rich in brain Epinutrients like blueberries, raspberries, apples, pomegranates, cacao, fish, and herbal teas like chamomile and lavender.
  2. Exercise: 
    • Mental exercises increase neuronal plasticity—meaning they strengthen the connections in the brain that are responsible for cognition 
    • Do something that spawns creativity (painting, drawing, building, etc.)
  3. Supplementation​:
    • ​Adaptogens are a class of natural products from plants with the potential to promote cognitive health by supporting healthy levels of neurotransmitters. See here for a general review on adaptogens: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19500070 

Here is a list of the best science-based adaptogens:

 

 

Dr. Dan’s Cognitive Health Formula:

  1. Reduce consumption of added sugar in the diet

  2. Eat the Epinutrient Diet to make sure genes in the brain are properly expressed

  3. Meditate for 15 minutes/day 

  4. Do brain or creativity exercises for 15 minutes/day

  5. Get at least 6 hours of sleep/night

  6. Take a daily adaptogen supplement  

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