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Exercise / Food

Exercise and eating properly help our brains to excel.

For starters, I recommend The Edge Effect by Eric R. Braverman, MD. It is a book that taught me (finally) about neurotransmitters. And it also said what foods, amino acids and medications increased the level of these brain chemicals. I added amino acids to increase two of them and suddenly the sharpness of my thinking returned. I thought I had lost it due to age. But it returned by taking a few amino acids and vitamins.

I also take a medicine, gabapentin, for pain and it increases the activity of GABA (a neurotransmitter) in the brain.

The other book that helps to establish brain healthy diets is Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen, MD. He talks about each part of the brain and what it needs for better functioning. He also talks about exercise. (He thinks the best brain exercise is table tennis). Go figure.

But his book is great and available at most bookstores and should be in paperback now. It only takes an afternoon or so to plan an eating and exercise plan that works for you. Having a sharp mind is necessary to completing a large creative project. We are lucky to be living in a time when we are discovering how the brain actually works. This is cutting edge research. Use it.

Also, when geniuses get stuck, they nap.  Einstein and Michael Faraday both napped when they couldn’t go any further.  They did not try harder or push more. They stopped and rested.  I think this includes Steve Jobs. Try it and let us know.

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