Your Big Bad Brain and the Importance of Protecting It
Your Neural Operating System
This post will address an entity that is essential in your governing a good vibe. Engaging in outdoor sports and recreation has proven the enhancement and empowerment of this entity.
Your big bad brain.
Brain smarts means many things to many people. I am not so interested in assessing or comparing anyones intelligence or levels of IQ. If you are a human being, then you have been gifted with brain smarts – no matter the degree in which it serves you or any defects it may have.
Our brains, connected with our spinal cord comprise our Central Nervous System. Read those words, specifically the first and third words together. This is your Command Centre. Your Central Station. Your brain is responsible for a whole lot of how you operate as a human.
Be mindful how you care for it.
What you think, what you read, how much sleep you get, what media you absorb, what you feed yourself, what activities you engage in – all of these things affect your brain. Your Central Operating System.
When I engage in outdoor activities that you see here on my site, I always wear a helmet. I model this behaviour for my son because I have been in three situations that if my head was not adorning a helmet, I would have spaghetti brains and my kid would be without his super cool and dialed in Mama Bear – who he needs, in order to be provided with care and nurturing so he can grow up and enhance this world with his radiant Light.
I have witnessed people in my own family endure head injuries that have changed the course of their lives. I remember reading a while back about Natasha Richardson dying suddenly from a head trauma while taking a ski lesson here in Canada. The article noted she wasn’t wearing a helmet. I always enjoyed Liam Neeson in his onscreen roles and felt sad for him and his children’s loss.
Helmets absorb impact so your brain doesn’t have to. That is not what a brain is made for.
What’s Up With Your Brain?
You have many organs in your body. The brain is one of them encased in your skull and plays a role in pretty much every major body system.
How you process information on a sensory level, your breathing and blood pressure regulation and the manner in which your system releases hormones are all functions of the brain. Basically your brain keeps your heart pounding, your lungs breathing and is the head honcho for most everything else working properly in your system.
Food and Beverage Affects Your Brain
If you have kids then a brain smart start is crucial and aligned with your desire to see them grow and flourish in an empowering way.
If this is not your desire as a parent, then, pardon my profanity, but get your shit together. You are raising a human in a very volatile political and social climate. This world needs some serious level up in terms of the quality of people we are churning out in our society today if we, as a species, are to expand and flourish on this Earth.
This means not only protecting their heads when they are out on their bicycles, scooters or skateboards, but also in what you are nourishing them with the kinds of food they eat. High trans and saturated fatty diets have a direct correlation on the effectiveness of a brain and its cognitive abilities. The synapses and molecules that influence learning and memory are super disempowered and harshly affected too if fueled by unhealthy food.
You eat right, you feel good. It is really that simple.The reason it doesn’t seem that simple to some people, is because if you have already accustomed your system to an unhealthy diet, your brain-body pathways are in a feel good state, making brain chemical cocktails that have you keep going back for more, so as a result even people with the best of intentions of changing their unhealthy diets end up resorting back to their old ways of eating poorly without a real awareness as to why.
Their self esteem suffers as a result and that’s a vibe no one need entertain. One gal who has it dialled in including kids in the learning and process of nourishing themselves is my buddy Elizabeth and you can check out this helpful post here:
Diets fail. I have often wondered what that is anyway? The act of going on a diet. Everyone already has a diet – no need to be going on one. Just make healthier choices and the rest will follow.
Eating right is not difficult and can taste exquisite. You can make a thousand excuses as to why it is easier to eat convenient fast food for price and flavour and enjoyment, but that is all backwards. If you eat good, natural, high – vibrational, fresh colourful foods, which you can creatively make last and be on par with the same cost of fast food, you are literally enhancing to a premium grade quality fuel your central operating system runs on.
What kind of system would you like to have with you?
For me and the child I am co-parenting, I would vibe towards an optimal one.
Balance is key. You don’t have to be a hardcore dietitian know-it-all to enhance your brain health. Apply the 80/20 rule to your diet, 80 being good, whole, natural, vibrant, healthy foods and 20 being the other fatty mcfatty oh so yummy tasting but in all the wrong ways food and eventually, your vibe will rise and you will feel better, in focus and energy and my bet is that if you can get to that spot, you will find you don’t even want to engage in that 20 percent anymore because you will be governing your system from a place of control and empowerment and you will see the effects of how your energy levels and mood are impacted and your life will literally change. You alter your inner environment, it will show in your outer environment.
Same idea in the beverage department. Your body is made up of water. Sounds weird when people say that right because we are so clearly not water, but actually we are. Everything our system is made up of is saturated with water. When I was reading about the brain and immersed in various content surrounding the function and development of the brain, I remember reading that you lose up to 30% of your brains optimal functionality if your body is not hydrated enough. Thirty percent?? That is rounding up to almost half.
Well that is insightful and then comes as no surprise that we live in a society that deems it okay to sell in masses products like diet colas and sugary pops infused with chemicals, artificial colours, flavours and even neuro toxins to completely disempower our systems and get us hooked on a product to (feed some dudes/lady’s bottom line), yet normalize the selling and distribution of chemical substances our systems do not thrive, but become addicted and sick on and then sell it as a beverage to be enjoyed by the family. Then subsequently wonder why there is a nation wide obesity problem and super heavy feels on the overall healthcare system.
I am not a conspiracy theorist or stick-it-to-the-man kinda lady. I am observational. And when I observe what I describe above it really makes me step back and in genuine sincerity say “Wtf?”
Water. The Earth’s element. We are made of it. So, drinking it is more aligned with how are naturally meant to operate.
Like I said, simple.
Keep it simple. If you think just drinking water is super boring then bubble it up with some carbonated water with fresh lemons, limes and oranges. Tastes great and gives you a huge immunity boost.
Physical Exercise Affects the Brain
Your brain is made up of many parts. In each temporal lobe, and part of the limbic system is an area called the hippo campus. This dynamically named part is responsible for emotional responses and processing your long term memory as well as sorting your memory associated with objects and people – so a pretty important part I would say.
If you decide to engage in physical, aerobic activity that gets your heart pumping, this part of the brain actually gets bigger!
How cool is that?
You can literally grow parts of your own brain by merely exercising!!
Studies of the brain have shown that when a person engages in regular physical activities such as high vibe outdoor sports and recreation, the benefits are exponential. System regulation, cortisol reduction (cortisol is our stress hormone – let’s keep our vibes chill and regulate that beast, yes?) mood and emotional regulation, cognitive reasoning and learning…there have been books and books written about the function of the brain and the effects our habits and choices have on the impact of its health.
Our bodies were made to move. Our central operating system that is the brain is designed to thrive when we engage in healthy physical exercise and the truth is it is as easy as us making up our minds to do so. I would encourage you to try it out – if you haven’t implemented a consistent outdoor activity to weave through the days of your life, change your daily routine and invite some good body positive activities into the lives of you and your children. You will see how working with your brain and enhancing the operational system that is your brain through physical exercise (runner’s high anyone??) will begin to transform the chemical make up of the brain, expand it and have you living a completely empowered and beautifully governed existence.
Protect Your Head
When public service announcements and communities advocate that helmets save lives they are pretty spot on with that statement. Canada implements laws for the use of helmets. This is your life. These are the lives of your children. Wear a helmet and protect the brain. It is such a simple and easy thing to do that can literally be the difference between life and death. It is only logical that when you engage in any recreational sport or activity that you do your part in self responsibility and respect by protecting your head while doing so. You don’t need to be your average braniac to know that this is a good vibe.
Knowledge is power. Self knowledge is self empowerment. You may subscribe to the idea that it is all good and you are all good and when you throw down on a skateboard or bike, you have been doing it so long that there is no need to wear a helmet and it’s all good. You may be right, but you can’t control what other people are doing and if you encounter some loose cannon that throws you off your game and lands you smack in the middle of the concrete head first, then chances are you will really regret not protecting your brain.
If you want to show yourself respect and empowerment and do your due diligence of protecting yours and your childrens brains, I have gone through and tested many a helmet and you can see those helmet reviews here:
Keeping your brain healthy is a very good vibe indeed!
I wish you all the best in your recreational activities which you will assuredly continue to enjoy with the implementation of appropriate safety of your main operational system that is your beautiful brain!