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DESCRIPTIONRamp Up Your Brain Power - User's Guide to Cognitive Enhancers© - by Dr. Howard Eisenberg, M.D., M.Sc.(Psych), CEO of Syntrek® Inc. Partial Excerpts: Learn how to ramp up your Brain Power for competitive advantage against 'Brain fog' from stress & 'age-related cognitive decline'. 4 Key Principles 1. What's good for the Heart, is good for the Brain 2. Nutrients and Supplements can improve cognitive function 3. ‘Use it, or loose it' is the underlying reality 4. Neuroplasticity enables us to ‘rewire our Brains’ Nutraceuticals Specific types of foods can selectively enhance Brain functioning. For example - Proteins increase the stimulating neurotransmitters, Norepinephrine & Dopamine, whereas complex Carbohydrates increase the sedating neurotransmitter, Serotonin. Natural Supplements Sugar is the Brain's fuel - an extra amount can provide a temporary boost for learning & memory. Chocolate and Cola drinks containing both Sugar and Caffeine, provide a stronger boost for cognitive function. Neuroplasticity The Brain modulates our subjective experience of Mind and consciousness. However, functional Brain imaging, (fMRI), research revealed that our thoughts can also 're-wire' our Brains! Meditation - fMRI research has discovered that it induces neuroplastic changes in the Brain creating new nerve cells & connections - particularly enhancing the Pre-Frontal Cortex, (which specializes in abstract thinking, planning & decision making), and downgrading the Amygdala, (a lower & more primitive area of the Brain which is the emotional & stress processing center). Check out a Sampler of Syntrek's unique 'Guided-Meditation' recording http://www.syntrek.com/tranquility Brain-based Coaching - Anger and fear cause the primitive Amygdala to hijack the more highly evolved Pre-frontal Cortex causing us to behave in a less intelligent & emotionally reflexive manner. However, 'Brain-based Coaching' can enable the Prefrontal Cortex to come back online and override the Amygdala when overly stressed to enhance calmness, clarity & wisdom. Check out Syntrek's Coaching services at: http://www.syntrek.com/services/coach. Mental Calisthenics New stimulation & learning cause the Brain to develop new Brain cells and connections between them. So challenge yourself to do new things, and in new ways. Check out Syntrek's article, "Become a Creative Breakthrough Thinker": http://www.syntrek.com/creative-break. NOTICE: None of the provided information is intended as medical advice. Consult a properly qualified Health Professional for personalized recommendations. Copyright 2013, Syntrek® Inc., Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, www.syntrek.com, All rights reserved. This educational video & accompanying text is the Intellectual Property of Syntrek® Inc. Sharing permitted provided that it is the whole educational program and that the Syntrek® copyright notice & URL information is retained.
- 1.Dr. Howard Eisenberg M.Sc.(Psych), M.D. Founder & CEO of Syntrek Inc. syntrek.com
2. Ramp Up Your Brain Power The Users Guide to Cognitive Enhancers syntrek.com 3. The Human Brain The most complex organizational structure in the Universe. 4. The Human Brain Composed of more than 100 billion Neurons, and approximately 1,000 trillion Synaptic connections. 5. The Human Brain Weighing approximately 3 pounds, it is only about 2% of the total Body weight - but so active, that it disproportionately consumes 20% of the Bodys oxygen and nutrients. 6. 3 Key Principles: Whats good for the Heart, ! is also good for the Brain. 7. 3 Key Principles: Nutrients and Supplements can improve cognitive function. 8. 3 Key Principles: Use it, or loose it is the underlying reality, (because the Brain is constantly active - it must be nourished and stimulated properly to both sustain and improve its functioning). 9. Physical Aerobic Exercising Provides the best general benets in terms of both protecting and enhancing the Brain. 10. Physical Aerobic Exercising It increases the secretion of Endorphins which improves Mood. 11. Physical Aerobic Exercising Also increases Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor, (BDNF), which stimulates the growth of new nerve cells in key regions such as the Hippocampus and enhances learning & memory. 12. Nutrients We are what we eat. 13. Nutrients Best for the Heart & Brain is the Mediterranean-style Diet, (unprocessed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, sh, and non- saturated oils), which is rich in protective anti-oxidants and enhancing phytochemicals. 14. Nutraceuticals Aside from the general benets of a healthy diet, specic types of foods can also selectively enhance Brain functioning. 15. Nutraceuticals Proteins increase the stimulating neurotransmitters, Norepinephrine & Dopamine, whereas complex Carbohydrates increase the sedating neurotransmitter, Serotonin. 16. Nutraceuticals So, by intentionally eating Proteins or Carbs, you can quickly modify your levels of alertness or relaxation. 17. Natural Supplements Sugar, (Glucose), a simple Carb, is the Brains fuel, so an extra amount can provide a temporary boost within about 30 minutes for learning & memory. 18. Natural Supplements Chocolate and Cola drinks containing both Sugar and Caffeine, provide a quick and even stronger boost for cognitive function, (plus Chocolate also increases the level of the 'feel good' neurotransmitters such as Dopamine) 19. Chemicals Nootropics, (neuro enhancers), are nutrient components such as Amino and Fatty Acids which occur naturally in foods, but are used selectively and in higher amounts as Supplements to enhance cognitive functions. (For example, Phosphatidylcholine, increases the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine for enhancing memory). 20. Chemicals Traditional Folk Medicine Remedies such as Panax Ginseng and Ginko Biloba, are reputed to increase energy and mental focus. 21. Chemicals Medical Drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, & Provigil, increase focus, learning & memory, (but their long- term safety in normal people is still not known). 22. Nature Provides both mental and physical stimulation to the Brain. ! 23. Nature Phytoncide are benecial vapors emitted by some plants.! For example, recent research has shown that a short 50 minute walk in a forested environment improves Short-Term Memory by 20%, and it is not due to a simple reduction of stress, nor improvement of mood)! 24. Nature Negative Ion rich rural environments like mountains, waterfalls, and beaches, modulate levels of the neurotransmitter, Serotonin, boosting alertness and mood. ! 25. Nature NASA research additionally conrmed that certain household plants, (like the Spider plant and Asparagus ferns), can increase the Negative Ions for indoor environments, (and they additionally cleanse the air of toxic chemical pollutants). ! ! 26. Neuroplasticity However, recent functional Brain imaging, (fMRI), research revealed that our thoughts can also re-wire our Brains! (Like a Firmware update) 27. Meditation Meditation is the self- regulation of the Mind by various techniques to enhance calmness and focus.! ! 28. Meditation Particularly benecial for Stress Management.! 29. Meditation fMRI research has discovered that it also induces neuroplastic changes in the Brain by creating both new nerve cells and connections particularly enhancing the Pre-Frontal Cortex, (which specializes in abstract thinking, planning & decision making), and downgrading the Amygdala, (a lower & more primitive area of the Brain which is the emotional & stress processing center).! ! 30. Meditation In sum, it facilitates the more desirable mental state of calmness, clarity & wisdom. 31. Meditation Check out the free Sampler of Syntreks unique Guided-Meditation recording at:! http://www.syntrek.com/tranquility 32. Stress Management Chronically elevated levels of the stress hormones, Adrenaline and Cortisol, can actually cause the Brain to physically shrink and decrease intelligence.! 33. Stress Management Stress is a result of our response to our environment. However, you can learn to change your perception of your environment to experience it as being less stressful, and also induce neuroplasticity to help restore Brain functions.! 34. Stress Management By learning to conserve and focus your energy, you can become more effective in achieving your goals. ! ! ! 35. Stress Management Basically - Stress Management can teach you how to be both healthier and smarter. 36. Stress Management Check out Syntreks Stress Management Services at ! ! http://www.syntrek.com/services/stressmanagement/ 37. Brain-based Coaching Uncertainty and fear cause the relatively primitive Amygdala to hijack the more highly evolved Pre-frontal Cortex causing us to behave in a less intelligent and more emotionally reexive manner. 38. Brain-based Coaching However, the recent development of Brain-based Coaching can teach us how to enable the Prefrontal Cortex to come back online and override the Amygdala when overly stressed to enhance calmness, clarity & wisdom. ! 39. Brain-based Coaching For example, reframing words, (self-talk), to your subconscious from I am angry to alternatively I feel angry, establishes some emotional detachment from the perspective of an observer; and this modied emotional introspection increases blood ow to the Prefrontal Cortex while decreasing it to the Amygdala. 40. Brain-based Coaching Check out Syntreks Coaching services at: ! ! http://www.syntrek.com/services/coaching/! 41. Mental Calisthenics Use it, or loose it. 42. Mental Calisthenics New stimulation and learning causes the Brain to grow by developing new Brain cells and connections between them. 43. Mental Calisthenics So challenge yourself to do new things, and in new ways, to build up your mental muscle. (For example, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, chess, learning a new language or musical instrument, exotic travel, using your non- dominant hand for various tasks).! 44. Mental Calisthenics Check out Syntreks free instructional article, Become a Creative Breakthrough Thinker, to learn how to increase your ability for creative thinking at:! ! http://www.syntrek.com/creative- breakthrough-thinker-increase-value-to- organization/ 45. NOTICE: None of the provided information is intended as medical advice. You should consult a properly qualied Health Professional for personalized recommendations. ! Copyright 2013, Syntrek Inc., Newmarket, Ontario, Canada ! This educational video & the accompanying text transcript is the Intellectual Property of SyntrekInc. ! Sharing is only permitted provided that it is the whole educational program and that the Syntrekcopyright notice and URL information is retained. ! ! ! Images licensed from ShutterStock ! Background Music "Easy Lemon",Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) ISRC: USUAN1200076 Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/