Detoxification is an essential cellular function. When the body detoxifies, it packages debris in the form of foods and toxins so that it can be easily excreted from the body. Your brain is truly the most amazing part of your body. It comes up with creative ways to express your thoughts and emotions, coordinates movements from chopping onions to running an obstacle course, stores your most precious childhood memories, and solves the Sunday crossword. So what can you do to start detoxing your brain from the effects of contaminants, toxins, and inflammation? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Spend a moment meditating. Not only will 5-10 minutes of mindful meditation calm your brain and make it easier to sleep, meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue, and confusion. “Meditation can benefit people with insomnia by helping them fall asleep and stay asleep. It also helps with inflammation in the brain,” researcher says. “Most people find not only do they sleep better, they can focus better and are not as anxious.”

2. Exercise: Whether you’re engaging in meditative movement or a heart-pounding workout, exercise gets you out of your head and into your body. It’s another way of giving your mind a break and stepping into the present moment, which can be rejuvenating both mentally and physically. Exercise can also boost brainpower in several ways. It improves learning, keeps the brain active and fit, increases “soothing” neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and may even lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Focus: On your health! Exercise is a super easy way to be in the moment. Whether it is a daily yoga practice, the discipline of practicing martial arts, or simply going for a walk to rejuvenate mental health—know that exercise is the best way to connect with yourself. And when you go out for a walk, don’t forget to hug a tree, smell the roses, walk barefoot on grass if you can—as walking barefoot helps us make a connection to Earth’s energy.
4. Add brain foods to your diet: Brain food includes:
  • proteins
  • healthy fats
  • antioxidants
  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • vitamins

Some examples include:

  • broccoli, spinach, kale, and other leafy greens
  • salmon, pollack, canned tuna, and other fish with low mercury content
  • berries
  • caffeinated tea and coffee
  • nuts
  • Cutting back on processed foods and saturated fats can also give your cognitive function some love.
5. Acknowledge your emotions: Know that emotions are never right or wrong, they simply exist. As human beings, we need more than one kind of emotion to function but self-awareness is the key. Remember to seperate yourself from all the emotions, and practice more breathing and acceptance of all of yourself and your emotions. Make that RADICAL choice of self-acceptance.

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