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Mental

Mental Alertness and Focus:

Your brain is comprised of 100 billion brain cells or neurons and each second you lose at least 1 of these priceless cells. This is 86,400 neurons daily. However, if your brain is stressed, undernourished of nutrients or oxygen, or otherwise challenged – then you can be losing 2 to 5 times this number of neurons each second, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of these remarkable brain cells each and every day. At 300,000 per day, this is 9 million lost per month, or over 100 million per year.

Your brain weighs only 2% of your total body weight, yet is demands 20% of the oxygen from each beat of your heart! Helping protect your brain from premature accelerated aging and decreased alertness is a personal choice and responsibility that each of us must make for ourselves.

There are many reasons for a person’s mental alertness to diminish. It can vary from the very simple to more complex reasons. If you have been highly stressed and overwhelmed in the last couple of weeks or months, it is normal to be experiencing a lack of energy, mental focus and overall alertness. Also, if you are noticing a mentality change after a change in your diet, then you might want to consider getting your food allergies tested or reverting back to your previous diet. Sometimes little changes can wreak havoc on your ability to perform optimally. Also the addition or subtraction of a medication or supplement can have a marked change on your cognitive capacity, so think back about one to three months prior to you noticing changes in your symptoms.

Stress

Another issue is related to stress. Stress has numerous deleterious effects including promoting
inflammation, increasing susceptibility to illness, and contributing to fatigue and lack of mental focus. Stress has a direct impact on your mentality. In fact, stress could be the cause of these specific impacts on your mentality:

  • Confusion
  • Burnout
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Restlessness

Addressing stress is critical if you are serious about creating a strong health foundation for longevity, wellness, and improved quality of life. An important first step in your stress management plan would be to consider evaluating your sources of stress using an online assessment tool such as the Stress Solution Tool (SST) to discover hidden and unrealized areas of stress that may be robbing your health and quality of life.

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep is key, and if your sleep cycle has been negatively altered then you will want to focus on this pivotal aspect of your health. The first goal must be to get 7-8 hours of sleep. It is very important to making sure that you are actually getting quality sleep, meaning that you don’t snore or stop breathing at night. Otherwise you might not be getting sufficient oxygen to support brain and bodily function when your body is supposed to be restoring itself. If you find that it is hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or become comfortable, this is consistent with the vast majority of people who report having diminished mental clarity. The Nano-Sphere pillow will help to increase microcirculation of blood and oxygen to the brain, and also helps to provide the neck and head the proper cervical support needed. This seems to help people go to sleep and have a deeper, more restful sleep and wake up with more intention and clarity. As anyone that has suffered from a sleepless night or awoken tired will attest, quality sleep is priceless.

Hydration

Keeping properly hydrated is crucial in maintaining mental alertness. Living life while dehydrated means living life with diminished concentration and less than adequate brain functions. Be sure to drink a minimum of 64 ounces (half a gallon) of non-chlorinated drinking water. If you don’t already have a chlorine filter for you home faucet and shower this is an important overall health investment. These simple changes can really pay off with real improvements.

Many sports and energy drinks on the market today offer sugar based energy. However, there is Zenergy  a formula that is designed to increase sense of cliarty, This formula is added to 16 ounces of water and provides increased mental and physical energy in about 20 minutes, which can last for up to 6 hours. It is sugar-free and can provide that mental lift you crave, without crashing like most other energy drinks. It contains a therapeutic blend of Amino Acids, B Vitamins and Minerals to support hydration. This blend of nutrients is mentally and physically supporting while the 16 ounces of water counts towards your daily water requirements.

Posture

Poor posture can lead to muscle and joint fatigue. Sitting at a computer for extended periods of time can lead to muscle and joint stress that can directly affect your mental alertness. This happens when microcirculation is restricted to other areas of the body. It is quite common to see people with pinched necks and this can lead to less than adequate heart to brain circulation. Now due to poor posture and extended hours on the computer, we are starting to see degeneration of the spine at age 29. This degeneration is silent until 100,000’s of cells have been damaged. Postural awareness can enhance your preventative steps before symptoms develop including injury to bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Microcirculation

Once again cardiovascular disease or reduced circulation has a major role in this aspect of your mental and physical health. Maintaining optimal microcirculation to your brain to fuel, nourish, regenerate and retain your living brain cells is absolutely vital to your mental cognitive skills, including memory, alertness, concentration and ability to focus. Unfortunately as we age our arteries and capillaries become narrowed, while our blood often becomes thicker. This can reduce the flow and therefore the effectiveness of your nourishing and cleansing circulation to all your vital organs including your brain. When this occurs, your organs simply do not receive even sufficient amounts of nutrients and oxygen to fuel and regenerate these cells, or cleanse them of carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste and environmental toxins. Indeed protecting and enhancing the health of your blood vessels can have a direct effect on both your mental and physical well-being.

Keeping your blood moving with regular exercise can be a great way of improving your overall health. Not only does it enhance your stress coping skills it also helps improve microcirculation. The harder you exercise the more oxygen you pump through your vital organs.

A vast majority of people are actually nutrient deficient. Lack of mental focus and alertness can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency. Few people eat a sufficiently health and broad diet to ensure the adequate intake of nutrients for all the biochemical processes necessary to not just sustain the human body but to help it truly thrive. It has been recommended by leading medical experts that everyone can benefit from taking a high-quality and complete daily multi-vitamin. Enhancing your diet with a supplement can fill in your missing nutrient gaps.

Summary

If you begin to notice a diminishing in your mental clarity and focus, it may be an indicator to other issues. Often times, poor sleep can deplete your energy reserves. Other issues may be high stress, poor diet, lack of hydration, or even having poor posture for extended periods of the day. Fortunately, there are simple ways of changing your outcome. Start with the things you can change, sleep patterns, and stress management. Supplements can be taken for added nutrients and increased performance. Combining improved microcirculation to enhance strategic nutritional intake to the brain and nervous system can yield big dividends in your current and long-term mental health and vitality.

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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