September 19

Noodle Care Do’s: Part 2 of 3

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Welcome to Noodle Care Do's: Part 2 of 3! Here's Part 1 too!

Today’s big question: What do I do to take care of my brain?

When everything felt hopeless in my teenage life, my mom did her own digging. She dug into neuroscience research and discovered what I’ve shared with you in these posts,

Our brains have a quality called plasticity.

This means brains have the ability to change, grow and adapt in magnificent ways!

To say I am passionate about the concept of mental fitness is an UNDERSTATEMENT. More often than not, the brain gets separated from the rest of the body! Targeted nutrition, mental exercises, coaching and practical tools are often discounted when attempting to achieve mental health goals.

But friends, our brains are a part of our whole body! We are whole beings!

People often think of exercise to build muscle. People often think of cardiovascular exercise to strengthen the heart. People think of avoiding sugar and eating a nutritious diet to care for their body.

Have you ever considered what goes into effective MENTAL FITNESS?

Our brains deserve the best diets, supplements, thought/speech patterns and external care we can provide them!

Inflammation not only profoundly affects our immune systems and is the root cause of today’s modern diseases, but it touches brain and mental wellness in a deep and profound way!

The brain is literally at the head of ALL we do and most often, is the last thing we think to care for in an active way in our daily routine.

I discovered, in order to transform my brain and my pain into beauty, it’s the behaviors that count friend, not the feelings, but the things I do.

This includes both what’s going on internally, such as my self-talk, and thought choices, but also...

externally in how I care for the organ of my brain.

Photo above: Pearson Imagery

Both internal and external care of my brain can be impacted by my behavior. 

This month and next I will share twelve behaviors I do in my most effective anti-inflammatory healthstyle to care for my noodle. I will share six behaviors this month and the second six behaviors next month. Here we go:

Noodle care Do’s One through Six

ONE: I challenge my brain 

The brain is like a muscle. In order to grow, it must be challenged.

It must experience a push to the point of confusion and come out the other side.

The brain fog and sense of overwhelm when learning something new, the slight headache that comes along for the ride, are all normal and needed for the brain to grow forward and cultivate new neuro pathways. In my own life I call this "breaking through brick walls." When I hit a wall I'm able to recognize what's happening and push through with purpose. I know when I come out the other side I have another victory for my mental fitness. A victory in having pushed my wall back and opened my world up a little bit more. Layering these experiences over a lifetime is a meaningful and intentional pursuit for me.

Some activities I do to challenge my brain include, Brain Gym exercises (independently or with the support of a certified Brain Gym coach), visual exercises, Mind Model coaching with the Blair Dunkley Experience, puzzles, driving, reading, various forms of art, diverse physical activities and exercises.

Pretty much anything that is new and unfamiliar to my unique brain. 

The challenges don’t need to be massive to be effective, just consistent and fresh experiences to keep my brain growing and off balance slightly.

Regular change and challenges are profoundly important in my brain and mental fitness.

TWO: I rest my brain

After challenging my brain, I balance the post-learning-something-new fog with appropriate rest.

Getting enough sleep at night and including a 10 to 30 minute nap during the day allows the brain to integrate new information, heal, problem solve, rest and grow.

If I’m not able to take a short nap during the day, I will often meditate for a few minutes, or take a few deep breaths and have a glass of water. I will also attempt to spend a few minutes outside if possible.

And I definitely set aside small time-windows to be cell phone free.

Even five minutes without an interruption can do wonders for the brain. 

I structure social media-free days and implement the ‘do not disturb’ and 'airplane' features on my phone in the morning, evenings and times I prefer not to be interrupted.

If I’m focused on a project, I use airplane mode to reduce interruptions until my task has reached a resolution. 

Rest and reducing interruptions is a vital weapon in the arsenal supporting my brain and mental fitness.

THREE: I nourish my brain

There are so many effective ways to do this. I look for any natural healthful substance that crosses the blood brain barrier like turmeric, supplemental resveratrol (not red wine lol!), grapeseed extract, glutathione and certain forms of magnesium and electrolytes the brain needs to function effectively.

I also utilize homeopathic forms of neurotransmitters, supplement forms of amino acids, and an anti-inflammatory diet.

I include good fats such as grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil in my diet and consume nutraceutical brain support blends designed to reduce inflammation in my brain and support healthy cognitive function.

FOUR: I hydrate for my brain

The brain is 60-80% percent water (depending on your source).

Even a 2% drop in hydration can have negative effects on our cognitive abilities. Keeping my intake of clean, filtered water up is essential as one of my anti-inflammatory sources of hydration.

If I’m stuck, if I’m burned out mid-day, if I’m frustrated, if I’m foggy… all of it; I pause and go get some filtered water to drink.

It’s ESSENTIAL water be clean.

SO many sources of water contain, toxins, heavy metals, emerging contaminants, fluoride and other inflammatory substances that harm the brain and impair effective mental fitness.

Filtered water matters. Clean and safe sources of water, free from contaminants and pollutants from plastics and the environment matter.

Your brain matters.

Here’s how I access clean water in a cost-effective way on the go.

FIVE: I support my gut for my brain

There is more and more research emerging to support the impact the health of our intestinal tract has on the health of our brain.

Certain neurotransmitters and hormones are even given the commands to communicate with the brain and do their jobs originating from the bacteria in the large bowel itself!

Caring for the bowel by healing leaky gut, reducing inflammation, reducing mucosal plaque, cleansing from parasites, and implanting specific strains of good bacteria all play a key role in brain health and mental fitness.

Research is showing there are certain strains of bacteria in the gut that are essential for the brain’s welfare.

The gut-brain axis is real and so are the positive impacts on the brain by caring for the large intestine. 

If you’d like help repairing your gut, look into a chat with Mama Pat.

SIX: I take care of my hormones for my brain

For me, there is no faster way to totally eff my brain up than hormones. 

With over 18 years of hormone imbalance, PCOS and Endometriosis, PMS as well as Post Menstrual Syndrome, under my belt I know a thing or two about being brain-frelled from hormones. They can make you feel like you’re someone else entirely, regardless of your gender.

The rage and chemical imbalance they can carry is like a tidal wave, followed by the guilt and self-condemnation when things clear.

Trust me, it’s not you, it’s the hormones.

It’s not your fault that your hormonal welfare is constantly under assault from hormone-disrupting personal care products, air fresheners and synthetic fragrances, and a polluted food supply. There is a cute yellow minion in there! Even if I’ve turned purple for a hot second.

I have a special nutraceutical supplement routine as well as some creams I use for what my hormones need specifically. This applies to both men and women. Learn about your thyroid, your estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone levels. Where are they now? What effect does stress have on them?  

What can you do to support bringing balance? It can be a rigorous journey, but I encourage you to at least be aware that hormones and hormone disrupting toxins impact our brains and mental fitness in a significant way.

Stress impacts the hormones of all genders and causes complex challenges that present in a variety of ways. I have one supplement in particular that my Mom found to support my body's stress + hormone challenges. Quite frankly, it's a supplement that BOTH my Dad and I take and it saves the day for both of us in different ways.

If you’d like help shopping for anti-inflammatory lifestyle products that limit exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals message me here. 

In conclusion,

These are just a few of the ways I give my precious noodle what it needs to get out of bed and FIGHT ANOTHER DAY.

Being intentional with my brain's needs is my best support against the chaos of today.

 Look for Part 2 where I complete this list next month.

These are things I’ve discovered and learned to weave into my most effective anti-inflammatory healthstyle over the course of many years. If you are curious for more details please contact me here, or contact my Mama Pat here. We are happy to share the tools we use for supporting effective navigation through this life.

To your heath friend,


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