by Katie Nelson
The human brain is one of the most powerful tools we posses to influence our health and performance—both cognitive and athletic. Daily, we’re faced with constant threats to its well-being from our contaminated, toxin-laden food supply to the extreme demands placed on us at the workplace to maintaining our social status and family relations. Pair this with the stress and anxiety we begin to feel as a result from trying to keep up and it’s no wonder our brain function begins to decline. Thankfully, we can prevent this cascade by nourishing our bodies through proper nutrition and brain boosting supplements, such as DHA fish oil, L-theanine, probiotics and ashwaganda.
DHA fish oil is an essential omega-3 fatty acid and a prime player in mood, memory, and cognition. It offers protection for existing brain cells and helps combat inflammation.
L-theanine is an amino acid capable of easing anxiety and inducing a calm, but focused state of mind. It impacts mood, stress and attentiveness.
Probiotics are microscopic organisms that reside in our gut and are responsible for manufacturing 90 percent of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is key to promoting feelings of happiness and relaxation. It is very important for our emotions because it helps defend against both anxiety and depression. Supplementing with probiotics is essential for the maintenance of healthy serotonin levels.
Ashwaganda is an adaptogenic herb which allows your body to moderate the stress response as well as reduce anxiety and fight insomnia. It can also have a balancing effect on glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain.
Ensuring proper nutrition and adding some—or all—of these supplements into your daily routine can help minimize the effects of stress and induce a state of better brain health, happiness as well as cognitive and athletic performance.
Katie Nelson, RD is a registered dietitian and the in-house functional nutritionist at Sixth Avenue Medial Pharmacy located at 508 W. 6th Avenue, in Spokane. For more information call 509-455-9345 or visit SixthAvenueMedicalPharmacy.com.
Special Offer: During the month of June, all DHA, probiotic, L-theanine and ashwaganda supplements are 15 percent off at Sixth Avenue Medical Pharmacy. Talk to Katie about her recommended supplements for you!