Stay Sharp: How Acupuncture Boosts Your Brain Health
Does Your Brain Need a Tune-Up?
- You regularly feel overwhelmed, confused, or foggy
- You struggle with insomnia or getting a full night’s sleep
- You’re regularly tired, even if you do get enough sleep
- Your emotions feel uncontrollable, all over the place, or unpredictable
- You feel numb or “blah” towards things you once enjoyed
- You experience regular headaches or dizziness
- You are more forgetful and can’t remember simple things
The Benefits of Acupuncture on Brain Health
- Improves Memory and Cognition
It is normal to struggle with memory loss or poor attention span occasionally, but when it becomes a regular occurrence we need to look to the brain. A forgetful brain is often a stressed one, or one without the proper nutrients and support.
Acupuncture can help get the brain back on track. Studies have shown that acupuncture is helpful in improving short-term memory and attention span. Others show that it can enhance learning outcomes and even our mental performance.
- Breaks Through Brain Fog
Most of us wish we would feel more focused throughout the day without that second (or third) cup of coffee. Struggling with concentration is a common (and normal) side-effect of a busy, modern life, but when you start to feel as though you are living in a cloud, there is a bigger problem at hand.
Brain fog results from a culmination of several lifestyle and health factors. Irregular sleep, poor diet, and hormonal imbalances are often at the root. But brain fog doesn’t simply cloud your day-to-day activities – it negatively effects your brain, mood, and nervous system in the long run.
Thankfully, we can cut through brain fog with acupuncture. Acupuncture helps to bring clear energy and focus to the mind while also reducing the issues that cause brain fog in the first place.
- Enhances Sleep
Sleep is one of the body’s most essential functions, yet so many of us struggle to get the quality sleep we need to stay healthy. Not only do our bodies need rest to heal and regain energy, but the brain needs rest to process information, create new connections, store memory, and reset.
Acupuncture helps encourage better brain restoration by encouraging better sleep. With acupuncture, we can target the root issue for why you aren’t getting the sleep you deserve while also promoting a more regular wake-sleep cycle.
- Balances the Mood
Did you know that a natural “side-effect” of acupuncture is happiness?! Even if you don’t struggle with depression or anxiety, acupuncture works to balance hormones, release feel-good neurotransmitters, and promote an overall sense of calmness. Over time, regular acupuncture can make big changes in how your brain reacts to stressors and perceives daily life.
Lifestyle Hacks for Better Brain Health
Focus on Brain Food
A healthy diet is essential for a well-performing brain. In addition to filling your plate with lots of vibrant veggies and whole grains, aim to get a good amount of quality healthy fats daily. Avoid sugar, chemical additives, colorings, alcohol, gluten, and dairy whenever possible.
Daily movement helps support the brain by balancing hormones, releasing endorphins, and releasing stress. Exercise for 20 minutes or more each day to keep your brain and body strong.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Your brain needs a workout, just like your body! Practicing daily meditation and mindfulness can help you enhance your brain function while improving your quality of life.
Support Your Sleep Cycle
In addition to getting rest during your acupuncture visits, be sure to catch extra Zzz’s at home. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Give Your Brain a Break
Glued to the screen all day? Give your brain a break from the constant (and often stressful) input of your computer, TV, and phone screens by either going on a full-day digital detox or by limiting your daily screen time.
Boost Your Brain Power with Acupuncture
Hi! I'm Angela
Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Integrative Wellness Consultant and Mood-Gut expert.