Two Powerful Ways To Nourish Your Brain

By Nick Polizzi
Gingko Biloba Leaf with Water Held by a Hand

Today I’ve got two goodies to share that will thrill your brain!

Sometimes we take our brains for granted. They do a lot more than just figure stuff out and hold memories for us – though that’s plenty right there!

The brain is the command center of the body, keeping all systems functioning. Every movement of your body starts in your brain. For example, it’s signals from your brain that cause your legs to walk when you want them to.

All our bodily organs are constantly receiving directions from our brain, most of which we don’t even notice.

All the emotions – love, anger, fear, annoyance, enthusiasm, gratitude – live in the brain… 

*Emotions are also linked to our internal organs

So the healthier our brains are, the happier we feel. 

So without further ado, here are 2 powerful ways to nourish your brain!

1) Four Herb Brain-Booster Tea

The routine of making tea is in and of itself healing for your brain. For thousands of years, the simple process of brewing and drinking herbal brews has been cherished — and science now knows why.

Studies show that this practice releases happy endorphins that calm down your body’s fight or flight response. But the real health benefits come from brewing tea infused with medicinal herbs — such as today’s tonic recipe for your noggin.

One of the first plants that comes to mind for brain-healing tea is: ginkgo biloba.

Ginkgo biloba (one of the oldest tree specimens on the planet!) is known to increase energy and concentration by stimulating blood flow to your brain while simultaneously protecting it with powerful flavonoids. This punchy plant also fights inflammation all over the body and can be extremely helpful if you have a family history of neurodegenerative disease.

Gingko biloba is pretty mild in flavor — even though it’s sometimes used as a digestive bitter — so I tend to add other tasty brain-boosting herbs to a ginkgo tea, like lemon balm and tulsi.

Four Herb Brain-Booster Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Ginkgo biloba (you can find it in tea bags as well)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Balm
  • 1 tbsp Tulsi
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1 tsp of honey

Instructions

  • Add all herbs to a tea pot 
  • Pour 4 cups of water over them
  • Bring to a simmer and steep for at least 5 minutes
  • Pour into cup
  • Add lemon 
  • Wait for the water to cool down just a bit, then add the honey
  • Enjoy!

For optimal brain health, this is a great healing elixir to drink every day.

2) Daily Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Meditation is easy and free, and there’s tons of research out there about how fabulous it is for our brains.

Studies have shown that, over time, meditation:

  • increases grey matter in the brain, which is linked to overall intelligence and “processing power”
  • shrinks the fear and anxiety centers in the brain (the amygdala)
  • improves memory and the ability to focus
  • helps to keep the brain sharp as the body ages

Meditation is also a powerful stress reliever… as many people experience right away! It has the amazing effect of simply making you feel calmer and happier in the moment.

That’s probably why, all over the world, humans have practiced meditation for thousands of years! 

Have you ever meditated? It’s so easy. You can try it right now and see for yourself how it changes your brain.

One of the simplest techniques is called mindfulness meditation. There are slight differences in how different teachers will teach this method, but here is a stripped-down version that works just fine.

You might want to use a timer, and set it for 5, 10, or 20 minutes, depending on how long you’d like to meditate. (I personally do one 20-minute session per day on most days, and it feels great!)

  1. Sit down and get comfortable. Try and keep your back straight as possible, but don’t be a ramrod! You can sit on a chair that has back support, or a mat on the floor, or outside on the grass in a quiet place. Some people like to sit with legs crossed, and some prefer a chair with their feet on the floor. More advanced meditators may choose the lotus position. Whatever works!
  2. Take one or two deep breaths to relax yourself and prepare to enter meditation.
  3. Close your eyes. That’s important. Some advanced meditators practice open-eyed, though this can be distracting if just beginning. 
  4. Notice the movement of your breath as it enters and exits your nose. If you want, you can focus on the spot where it leaves your nostril. Keep your attention gentle. You don’t have to concentrate hard. If you lose track of your breath, that’s okay. Just return your attention easily to the breath if you notice you’ve forgotten about it.
  5. Let your thoughts flow as they will. If anything, this is the tricky part. You do not have to “stop your thoughts.” In fact, if you try, you might notice that you cannot stop your thoughts. Thoughts just happen. The trick is to not get too entangled in them. Just let thoughts arise and pass by. Don’t try to control them, but don’t actively “follow” them either. After a while, you’ll notice that the thoughts just seem like so much chatter. You’ll feel detached from your thoughts, especially if you can maintain that gentle attention on your breath. You’ll be an observer of your thoughts.
  6. When you’re done meditating, open your eyes slowly and take another deep breath. Then start with some gentle movements in the hands and feet. Don’t jump up from your chair or rush to do the next thing. Give yourself some moments to reorient.

So how do you feel?

Is meditation wonderful or what?

Click here to learn 3 Simple Meditations to practice right now

Of course, there are other ways too that we can and should care for our brains on a regular basis – like regular exercise, good diet, and a proper amount of sleep.

Meditation and the Brain Booster tea are two easy resources that bring out the very BEST in our brains, with joy and pleasure!

Stay curious,

Nick Polizzi
Host of Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science
& Founder of The Sacred Science

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  1. What is meditation? Is it not the understanding of the ways of the self, is it not self-knowledge? Without self-knowledge, without awareness of the total process that which you build into character, that which you strive for, has no reality. Self-knowledge is the very beginning of true meditation. Now will you understand yourself through being alone or with many? The many can be a hindrance to meditation as can also the being alone. The very weight of ignorance of the many who do not understand themselves can overpower one who is attempting to understand himself through meditation. The group can stimulate one but is stimulation meditation? Dependence on the group creates conformity; congregational worship or prayer is susceptible to suggestion, to influence, to thoughtlessness.

  2. Have you tried Maté? I am from Uruguay and our main tea is Maté. It would be good if you search a little about this herb that has incredible properties. I am 75 and I write, work on computer and just published a bio-book. My brain is 25 years old. Jejeje

  3. These tips are excellent. Meditation helps with ao many ailments and should be a regular practise. I have also read alot of great info that Shilajit is excellent for memory and helps brain boost along with many other things. It apparently also helps decalsify your pineal gland.

    1. Hi there, this is a wonderful question. A plant-based diet has been shown to be helpful in cardiovascular conditions. However, foods are like herbal medicine, and must be specific to the person, the season, and the location. Dark leafy greens can be your friends, as well as plenty of Garlic and other allium foods (leeks, onions, shallots). If you are seeking a definite change, please consult with a trained herbalist or traditional medicine clinician who can individualize and optimize your treatment options. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25431999/

  4. Meditation is biblical. You mentioned not to try to stop thoughts. Gods word says to meditate you speak Hus words out loud, mutter them over and over. They heal, they restore. So what science has discovered is true was already in scripture. So these articles only tend to remind me how important they are and how God established them.
    Herbs nuts and seeds God has given us to eat. So yes these arrivals are interesting and remindful of Gods truth

  5. I have a Spiritual Master & have been meditating for over 30 years. Recently I lost my husband & brother within months of each other & if it wasn’t for Him & meditation, I would have gone crazy. So meditating makes one accept what life deals. It calms you & makes you think of the higher spiritual power. Thanks.

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