3) Reduce caffeine: When we feed our body we are feeding our brain too. When we put unhealthy substances in our bodies (alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, etc.) it affects the way our brain regulates us. Understand that these drugs can have a negative effect on our brain with prolonged or abusive use. Caffeine targets our adenosine receptors, and keeps us from naturally getting tired. This can affect our body’s ability to rest properly, or get a good night’s sleep. Longer term you could try quitting these substances altogether (beware of the withdraw symptoms before you attempt).
Next time you are trying to eat right and workout...remember…you are doing it for your brain too! Mental health IS physical health. To learn more I recommend picking up the book, “Making a Good Brain Great” by Dr. Daniel Amen.