Ever see a neurotic dog?
In 1992, I was co-writing a book with the late dog trainer, Harold McCullough. Harold had trained dogs for prisons, police, movies and celebrities (eg. Sonny Bono). This particular day, a family approached him with their Doberman Pinscher. The poor animal was all twitchy, meek and scared.
After a series of questions, Harold agreed to train the dog if they followed his directions. It turned out that they had kept their family pet chained up to the washing machine and dryer. A dog, with its hypersensitive hearing and smelling was spending hours at a time chained next to a loud, vibrating noise maker.
That might rattle its brain somewhat.
Just think. If the dog had also been starved or fed some of the cheap, junk pet food. Now, you have an animal without much exercise, sunlight, fresh air, rest, sleep or nutrients. Might make the canine a little unstable, wouldn’t it?
None of us would do that deliberately to a dog, cat or a farm animal.
Yet, it is perfectly acceptable to stay up all night, drinking coffee and/or alcohol, smoking cigarettes, eating junk food and sitting in the semi-dark for most of your waking hours. Do you think that it might affect your brain somewhat? Maybe that depression that haunts you is not so much about a bad childhood, but a lack of brain nutrients and proper recovery.
First off, get the proper nutrition for your nerves. Vitamin B-complex and calcium are important for nerve impulses. You get Vitamin B-complex from the following foods:
- Whole grains
- Natural molasses
- Natural nut butters
- Green vegetables
- Meat and organ meats (eg. beef liver)
Aside from vitamin B supplements, the most potent form of B vitamins is desiccated beef liver. It is packed with B vitamins and minerals needed for nerve, brain and muscle fuel and repair.
- Green vegetables
- Bone meal
- Sea food
I have left out dairy, as people like myself, cannot digest it very well. Especially, this over-processed stuff that is sold at the grocery store. I eat the occasional yogurt, cheese or other fermented forms of dairy. I gave up milk 35 years ago and none of my bones have broken or gone soft. Milk for bones is a myth. Otherwise, how do you explain low osteoporosis in Asia, Australia and the Arctic?
Another cheap brain booster is fermented foods like: kimchi, kefir, yogurt and sauerkraut. The gut-friendly bacteria actually lowers anxiety and promotes healthy weight. Read the study by
Next for brain power is exercise. Whether chopping wood, loading lumber or a simple walk in the park, the increased circulation cannot help but improve your mood. More intense exercise produces endorphins. So, even if you are over 60 and are working on a deadline, you can still take the 20-minute break of walking, doing squats or practicing a fishing rod cast.
Personally, I like running, martial arts, body weight exercises, running, yoga and sometimes weight training. It always boosts my feel-good factor.
I have to mention sunlight as it stimulates the pineal gland for feel good and the vitamin D lessens depression. Never mind about the skin cancer scare. I ran around as a kid with number one or two rated sunscreen and have not had skin ailments (touch wood). You need at least 10 minutes of facial sunlight exposure a day. Even in the winter time, strive for an hour a day. The thing with Vitamin D is that:
- It accumulates in your body. So, if depleted, it takes time to restock.
- It cannot be absorbed through windows. So, get outside.
- Calcium needs it to build bones.
Sleep. You need solid sleep. Wind down at 10 p.m., put in ear plugs if you have to and get that essential “down time.” My greatest muscular gains came after I started sleeping and napping more regularly.
WHAT TO AVOID
- Sugar Wheat Milk Alcohol Caffeine Tobacco Soy