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Making Brain Healthy Decisions Part 2

Previously, we discussed how the quality of your decisions determines your success in all that you do. That is why one of the steps of our online program focuses specifically on improving your decision-making abilities.

As promised, here are 6 more helpful tips you can use to make better brain healthy decisions every day:

1. If we want our children to make better decisions for their lifetime we need to do a much better job of taking care of their brains.

The brain is not fully efficient until we are twenty-five years old. To avoid disrupting early brain development, help young people avoid smoking, substance abuse, brain trauma, a lousy diet, stress and poor sleep.

2. People who struggle with addictions may also have ADD or ADHD. When left untreated, a person has less ability to control his or her impulses, setting them up for significant health problems, poor decisions, and early death.

Natural ways to treat ADHD, include intense aerobic exercise, a very healthy diet, a multiple vitamin, fish oil, and supplements (such as green tea, rhodiola, l-tyrosine) or medication to enhance prefrontal cortex function.

3. Being overweight is damaging to your prefrontal cortex, and can have a negative impact on the decision-making part of the brain.

Getting your weight under control, starting now, will help you enhance your health and longevity.

4. Practicing self-control is a good exercise to strengthen your prefrontal cortex. The more you use it the stronger it gets.

To develop your prefrontal cortex, you can practice saying no to the things that are not good for you and over time you will find it easier to do.

5. Low levels of omega three fatty acids have also been associated with ADHD, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity – all brain issues that lead to poor decision-making.

You can optimize your omega-3 fatty acid levels by eating more fish or taking fish oil.

6. Keep a journal. On one piece of paper write down the specific goals you have for all the main areas of your life. Then ask yourself every day, “Is my behavior getting me what I want?”

This simple but profound activity can be of tremendous help in encouraging better daily choices that add up to a better life.

You have a choice about how you respond to life and the decisions that are a part of every day. Amen Clinics has helped tens of thousands of people improve their brain health. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from an evaluation, contact us today or call 888-288-9834.

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  1. How do I order the brain fit games? says:

    Need help with memory loss. My memory seems to be getting worse. Need to do as much aci can to stop this degeneration. I’m taking supplements and watching what I eat.

  2. Carol says:

    We love the following supplements: green tea, rhodiola, tyrosine and S-Ame ! Thus, wondering what does that convey about brain type?

  3. Christine Sullivan says:

    I was in a drowning incident when I was nine in a river in Hobart Tasmania..I am now 59..I was not examined at the time, as I regained consciousness naturally in the rescue process , vomited and didn’t seem affected. There was a foamy light pink froth in the vomit..
    That year I had bad dreams, and was bullied at school, so much from staff and in the playground that I developed tonsilitis and was sick so much throughout the year, that I was forced to stay back and repeat the third year..with the bullying teacher.
    From that year, I seemed unable to concentrate, was more forgetful , couldn’t comprehend what I read, and also could not understand mathematics..I shut down until grade six..where I was bought out of myself with a great teacher, a nun, who seemed to understand all the children better..
    There was encouragement and challenges and responsibilities given to each of us, and mine was to be a leader and also to act in plays, I had a good voice and sang well from an early age in competitions as a solo singer at age 6 and with my young cousins in duos and trio harmony performance where we were awarded…I went on to become a successful singer in Australia,
    I have always thought there was something wrong with me , and could not comprehend what I read until I was 27..
    There is more to the story, so I put it down to the stress, trauma neglect and ignorance of my upbringing..I was also bullied at Kindergarten before the drowning,and my mother kept me at home..My mother was 38 when she became pregnant with me, she was a heavy smoker, and didnt know she was pregnant, for a while she was also depressed as was her mother,. I told her I had not many memorys of her as a child, and she said, She wanted me to die and when something happened to me , like the drowning etc she would feel shocking guilt..
    I was alone a lot as a child, and played alone, ran away twice as a very young child , my siblings were much older, my brother 12 years older and my eldest sister 20 years older..
    A saving grace was a grandmother. my sister and her friends and when they were home the games with my brothers..
    My mother wasn’t violent, but neglectful and resentful as was her mother..Her mother also became paranoid and sicker after each child, she had eight children, no help etc
    I had an abortion at 16, once again I was alone, it was illegal in Tasmania, and I had to fly to Melbourne with my young boyfriend to have an abortion, our choice..
    My mother would have destroyed our lives even more, by making leave school and marry..
    As a singer I always had to have the lyrics on stage in case of a black out from anxiousness..this rarely happened on stage..
    Singing was also a saving grace..I have much to be grateful for. but would like more answers..My family wont talk about anything ..Should I have a brain scan here in Australia ? The other little boy in the incident who was only three, did suffer brain damage, and the family moved out of the neighbourhood and I never heard from them again..Very sad..
    Am I just suffering from anxiety due to upbringing or was this hereditary ? My father was also a chain smoker, but I think this was because of Mums constant verbal abuse and scapegoating..Mum was definitely depressed and my siblings have had issues with alcohol., gambling, workaholics, perfectionism, asthma, excema, and nervous breakdowns..My fathers side of the family had no mental illness, that we are aware of..Recently I was hospitalized after fainting and heavy heart papitations with a suspected heart attack and it was only too much coffee and anxiety from this..I am also intolerance to Salicylate, which at the time I was abusing a lot..Salicylate is in many healthy foods, so blueberries etc., so my diet though restricted to bland colours give me the nutrients I need….

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