Top 10 Brain-Building Breakthroughs

hey guys dr. Josh axe here welcome to ancient medicine today today I'm gonna be talking about the top ten brain building bit breakthroughs including the best supplements diet exercises essential oils and a whole lot more to help take your brain to the next level you know there's a lot of people today I know struggling with issues related to the brain it could be ADHD it could be autism it could be dementia Alzheimer's it could be you struggle with brain fog on a regular basis poor memory or just lack of motivation all of these things can be related to you're not getting the proper nutrients and not doing the right activities that can really help improve your overall brain function so what I'm going to do is go through all of the things you can do today that are going to be incredibly beneficial for your brain but also for your entire body and also hey help me spread this message there's a lot of people today think about all the people who are struggling with kids who have been diagnosed with a DD and autism who need to know this information think about all of the people who are struggling with dementia and people taking care of them who just they don't know what to do they don't know the natural alternatives so hey take a minute right now help me spread this message that food is medicine punch that share button click that like button and let's dive right in so here we go number one here is yoga now I want to mention this when it comes to yoga I believe yoga can be a very therapeutic practice for the brain and practicing you know really focusing on your body and really that that brain muscle connection now I know there's a lot of people in a lot of different religious circles who feel different ways about yoga now my belief system is that yoga can be greatly beneficial I know there's some people that believe that it is a spiritual practice that you know started with you know in in Asia or actually India and it may have some religious it may have people may have religious issues with it but let me just say this you know for me and having a Christian faith for me when I'm doing a certain pose you can do that to whoever you want my opinion you know I can be Bali before Jesus and before God and doing it that way so just let you know it's all about your intention with what you're doing with your yoga poses so that being said yoga can be greatly beneficial when it comes to obviously improving your flexibility but here's the big thing when you're doing something in yoga you know I do a class called hot 26 where I'm balancing on one foot in order to do that I really have to use my brain and really focus on firing certain muscles in the body it's also increasing something called proprioception in your body and proprioception is your brain working with your ligaments and tendons and muscles and actually it's improving your brain to body connection so yoga especially doing those proprioceptive balance exercises has tremendous benefits actually boosting brain activity and also when you're focusing on doing something some of the activities and taking deep breathing that's another big benefit of yoga class as you work on deep breathing in and out of your diaphragm that's actually been shown to help oxygenate your brain so again yoga can be greatly beneficial and hey if you don't want to do yoga then practice deep breathing and proprioceptive exercises now juggling very similar juggling has been shown to improve your levels of concentration if I had a few tennis balls here I learned juggling I was younger I would show you how to do it but juggling is greatly beneficial because you are focusing on multiple things that are moving very very quickly and it's actually helping increase your focus concentration and your hand to eye coordination there are studies showing people that have improved hand-eye coordination also actually helps improve your memory and learning skills so juggling can be greatly beneficial there as well and when you start juggling you start with two balls and you start with one hand and then you add in a third ball and that's that's kind of how you work your way up number three here meditation now meditation can mean many things to many people now whether you are really no matter what your religious background is for me reading the Bible when I read the Bible meditation is something that many of them did and what I do when I meditate is also spend some time in the morning reading a Bible or a devotional or a personal growth book and I'll pull out a principle I learned there love your neighbor as yourself there's a good example and then I'll release it there I'll spend some time with God and just praying and then what I'll do is I'll really reflect on what does that mean and how can I apply that to my life that's one of the things I'll do when I meditate love my neighbor as myself what does that mean well that means I'm going to do something very kind my closest neighbor is my wife so I'm going to do I'd you know something for her today maybe love my neighborhood self no I don't want flowers but she does and so again love her as she wants to be loved you know another similar thing love your neighbor yourself think about people in your workplace think about the people that you can love and do something for them and actually that type of meditation really thinking deeply is a principle of the Bible it's also a principle of ancient Chinese medicine where they believe that that actually increased your body's Chi or your lifeforce your vital energy that thing that you ever noticed there's some people they just sort of look down and dreary and some people they almost have this light in their eyes you know this glow about them well in Chinese medicine they call that your Chi your overall energy people that are just sort of like just want to go out and just have very high spirits when Chinese medicine what nourishes your body's Chi is actually reflecting on these things that were you're going to go out there it's really meditation meditation deep thought and thinking actually doing that internally overall helps increase your Chi and your energy outward now number four here jumping to some advanced nutritional principles rosemary and rosemary oil are one of the most powerful nutritional nutritional plants in terms of improving your brain in fact there are medical studies showing if you use rosemary essential oil it greatly increases your memory and your focus all at the same time as thickening your hair if you're using it in your hair so rosemary contains rose marek acid it's also anti-inflammatory but it's great for boosting the memory what you'll do is take about five drops of rosemary oil and rub it on your temples or massage it in your scalp but rubbing it on your temples rubbing a little bit your nose our deep breathing it in and out is great to help improve focus and study now number five here omega-3 fatty acids so many people today are deficient in omega-3s omega-3s are crucial for your cells and it's crucial for reducing inflammation of the brain which a lot of people have so you want to get more of these omega-3 fats from wild-caught salmon tuna mackerel sardines anchovies is any type of fatty fish is going to be loaded with these omega-3 fats so we get get omega threes every day and if you're not getting them from wild caught fish get them from a fish roe or caviar supplement a fish oil a cod liver oil but make sure you're getting omega-3s every day and another fad i want to mention here are animal fats animal fats make up you our bodies and so getting good organic tallow schmaltz bone broth oil these things on a daily basis basis is beneficial as well another great thing in order to improve your brain and there are Studies on on people who struggle with Alzheimer's on this if you are learning something new it actually can prevent dementia and Alzheimer's over time so learn something new maybe it's a new language maybe it's a new skill juggling is a new skill maybe it's a new type of activity maybe it's indoor climbing or you know practising a type of exercise or doing puzzles or crossword puzzles doing things where you're learning and activating your brain you know a lot of people especially people that start to age and once they stop to work they stop having to solve problems they get in the same daily habits day after day where literally their body can do things repetitively without ever thinking so again doing things to where you're actually activating your brain certain areas of your brain learning something new it is crucial for improving your overall brain health never sumber seven here is walnuts now if you ever look at a walnut think about the way it looks it actually looks like a brain it Larry looks like half a brain if you have a half a walnut there on the other side it makes it a whole brain within Chinese medicine we know that when you consume a food that looks in Oregon it typically supports that system so in Chinese medicine doctors recommended people consume walnuts to help improve the brain well today we know through medical research walnuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium which both support the health of the brain so consuming walnuts maybe with some raisins those two things together every day a great natural snack for the brain number eight here getting your runner's high now you don't have to run to get a runner's high you can do that with burst training you can do it with cycling you do a swimming but things where you're really going for a long period of time you're really increasing your circulation that's the key when your body gets a flood of circulation you're actually this might suppress your small intestine not even your brain your small intestine starts producing loads and loads and loads of serotonin and other neuro peptides which boost your mood but also keep your brain healthy think about this if you are sitting all day and you're not getting circulation your body is like a swamp you're not getting certain nutrients out to various areas of your body especially that are distal such as your brain so again getting lots of circulation circulation all the time can actually help feed the brain bring it nutrients helping you heal your body naturally improving focus memory and a lot of issues over time by the way if you're enjoying this live training with me do me a favor take a second now punch that share button click that like button help me spread the word that food is medicine because there are a lot of people watching who do not know these truths here as well and by the way as well if you are a person who is doing a practice or you know of a practice that I haven't mentioned here that helps improve brain health and function they post that right now on Facebook live in YouTube live I'd love to hear from you some of your best tips for improving brain health number nine here intermittent fasting can actually help clear the brain now fasting is something that was used in reference biblically for overall health and it's even in medical studies today the intermittent fasting can help improve brain function you know when you're eating you've probably heard of just the brain-body connection but the brain gut connection okay your gut is connected to your brain so if you have something going on in your gut called leaky gut proteins and toxins and bad bacteria can leak through the bloodstream circulate and cause brain issues this is very common with a condition like autism where it shot as having an outburst if they consume gluten they have leaky gut goes through their bloodstream affects the brain like opium would actually I can opioid causing these behavioral issues now similar thing though if you're fasting and not eating you're not having that issue and that's actually giving your gut more time to regenerate in heal and seal that gut lining so again intermittent fasting so skipping breakfast and lunch and eat or at least skipping breakfast and just consuming between may be consuming a meal at noon three and six and not eating those other hours of the day can be greatly beneficial at improving your brain health and also 10 many different types of mushrooms lion's mane mushrooms one of my favorite mushrooms for boosting the your brain health so again lion's mane mushroom you can see here some of the different types of mushrooms here there's a lot of psychedelic mushrooms which are beneficial but especially lion's mane mushroom one of the best for boosting your overall brain health so remember some of these tips number one using yoga again you use the right type of intention when you do the poses number two here juggling meditation rosemary omega-3 fatty acids learn something new walnuts because of their omega-3s and their magnesium and minerals getting your runner's high get any type of circulation is good just getting movement blood flow a mini tramps actually great thing to do to a mini Tramp is actually good for getting that going intermittent fasting and lion's mane mushroom all of these things are very very beneficial at improving your brain health and again I would love to hear from you what are your top tips for boosting overall brain health and listen guys there are a lot of other things I could have covered here as well again we could have covered things like animal fats and their benefits we could have covered other oils like rosemary not just very vetiver essential oil and cedarwood oil have tremendous benefits for the brain as well but again hey if you know someone you love or you yourself or a child is struggling with some of these issues of the brain and really need brain boosting benefits hey start applying these things into your life today or take a minute and share this with someone you love and remember every Monday through Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Central Time myself or my business partner Jordan Rubin we are coming to you live talking about how to use food as 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Josh axe talking about brain building breakthroughs


  1. Does calcium carbonate help with teeth bone health?

  2. Dr axe cold showers improve circulation also!

  3. why can't you also list it somewhere. downvoted.

  4. Creatine has the biggest impact brain boosting for me. Far more than anything mentioned in this video. I can actually focus, my brain feels young again. It has been a life saver for my career and guitar playing.

  5. Hi Dr. Axe.
    Can you release a video pertaining to the diet people with hypertension. It would be really helpful

  6. Have been ADD all my life! I’m now 80

  7. YOGA from India 🇮🇳, proud to be Indian and Human.

  8. I love animals and don’t eat them. Much better for it. We have no right to kill millions a day to EAT! They have same right to life as we do. They love, suffer, have their social structure, feel cold, hungry, get sick, feel fear and more. Onslaught on nature. Future of the planet on terms.

  9. Great info here. Thanks. I think some of these superstitious commenters who turn your message into hogwash need a brainwash.

  10. I am a strong believer in Yaweh so I do believe in meditation

  11. Dr.Axe hi I have gone through a lot of health issues in my life I’ve gone through several surgery’s of my brain and because of this in a young age now it’s hard for me to focus and I been wondering I also have been very fatigued and recommendation please I would appreciate it

  12. Jeaus is a Mushroom

  13. Well said. 💪🙏🤛👌

  14. Right on Point ! Thank You ! Body, Mind , and Soul !

  15. Yup he said some psychedelic mushrooms are beneficial wow no thanks

  16. Stretching, reflection and prayer with scripture! That is the joy of the Lord, your strength.
    Not yoga or eastern meditation. Careful to not open yourself up to satan by worship.

  17. I'm 18 turning 19 and I have ADHD

  18. Just make sure they're organic

  19. Hi, when you say to apply the Rosemary to your temples, do you mean straight Rosemary essential oil or what the carrier oil?

  20. I learn so much from your content…fyi..I do appreciate your white board better…lol..I just need to be patient and not outline my notes before you starttalking. #learnSOMETHINGnew

  21. Also, stop fapping

  22. Going to need evidence… Do you have reputable sources to back up your claims?


  24. Thank you brother🙏🏾

  25. I can tell Dr. Axe is actually a believer and follower of the compassionate, counter-cultural, and caring teaching of the Lord Jesus AND NOT a Trump supporter.

  26. this guy helped me alot
    dr axe thank you

  27. until now im not convinced about yoga

  28. so right buddy food is medicine just come out of rehab for 25 years of heroine and crack cocaine and benzo abuse didn't want any meds to get my system back to homeostasis again, so used all natural foods eating well and i got better so fast still felt the pain but intensity and duration were a lot less one thing ill like to share with you i was eating a lot of high tryptophan foods as in eggs fish ect and thinking it will boost my serotonin and make me feel better faster . i had the opposite as we now both these transmitters are precursors for melatonin so after food (as being a ex junkie ill load up one these good foods thinking more the better) but ill soon within 50 mins crash wouldn't even be able to get up the stairs so tired will get up finally and sleep this is while I'm intermittent fasting my last meal is at five pm next meal 12 pm giving me 18 to 19 hours in ketosis so learnt the hard way little is more with foods and overdoing certain rich foods while in recovery can tire you now thinking now maybe a good thing as we all now melatonin has the key to most of you body and lymphatic system and we only heal while melotonin is released as we sleeping …..but i try not to sleep in the day to aid a better sleep at night
    just wanted to share a little lesson in my life thanks siall uk

  29. Dr Axe, what type of cedarwood oil do you recommend? There are too many species of this tree and the most abundant one on the markets is Juniperus Virginiana.

  30. Also garlic supplements because they are vasodilators and the blood flow increases to your brain (more oxygen!) And to every tissue in your body.
    It's also known that taking garlic with cayenne pepper is a synergistic combination as well. Just be careful if you have a sensitive stomach☝️ 😑

  31. 12:18 "Some of the psychedelic mushrooms that are beneficial". That's gotta be the magic mushroom (psilocybin shrooms) but he cannot openly say that because it's made illegal. Argg!

  32. Very good video. As requested, I'd like to add that the brain has enormous redundancy of function. If you improve one skill, others are unconsciously enhanced. Learning a language helps your proprioception for example. Singing helps digestive function. The possibilites are many.
    And, as you mention, at the core of it is enthusiastic engagement with whatever you love doing. Thanks again. I now consume Ancient Medicine products regularly.

  33. I’m a vegan what do I do? Omega 3 .. Will you do a video on this, for all the Vegans … PLEASE!

  34. Dr Axe I love all your talks on so many health benefits. You are amazing. Thank you so much

  35. Amazing. Meditation with God. What a way to bless each and every day.

  36. Thank you!

  37. nofap

  38. A good night sleep and a mod day nap of possible. Since I day trade it really help just think about the trades I made and nap for half an hour after the market closed.

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