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Reboot Your Brain, by Sara Davenport, is absolutely amazing, outlining how we can stop brain fog and slow, if not stop, mental decline.

Synopsis

Brain fog? Mind blanks and memory loss? Terrified, deep down, that these could be the early symptoms of something far more serious?

Then this is the book for you.

Research shows that by taking action now, every one of us can get a better brain, fast. ‘Reboot Your Brain’ is the ultimate brain DIY manual, explaining clearly and simply exactly what works and what doesn’t.

Filled with top tips for optimal brain health, using natural approaches ranging from nutritional advice to herbal remedies and covering topics as far afield as dental hygiene, the effects of 5G and electro-magnetic fields and how parasites and bacteria can harm your brain function, it becomes clear that managing your daily environment is the key.

* Learn what to eat and which supplements to take for a sharper mind.
* A complete mind-body-brain detox that explains clearly and simply what works and what doesn’t
* Establish your own personal ‘Brain Baseline’: identify your weaknesses and track improvements over time.
* Find out about the latest mind stimulating technology

Act now for a better brain – it’s never too late to start. The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ has never rung more true.

Reboot Your Brain, by Sara Davenport, is a absolutely amazing. While some of the tips and tricks outlined may be a bit unrealistic, there is so much information about retraining your brain to function optimally, I would rate it as a must read.


Factors from our environment, pollution, diet, exercise, supplements, and negative thinking all trigger brain decline, but you can change it. The author goes into scientific reasons why, and explains how neuroplasticity has unlocked the understanding that our brains can change their structure and function through mental experience alone. In other words, it's never too late to change your behaviors to see at lest some positive results.


She writes this book after her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and she certainly invested the time in the research. She points out how few of our great-grandparents succumbed to dementia, yet it is almost common today. It's more than our genes causing brain decline, it is the environment, eating habits, exercise, and mental state of mind.


In this 300-page book, which is a comprehensive reference book outlining study after study, she makes suggestions on how to take back control of your brain in three simple stages: first, unburden your brain, then repair it, and finally, boost it.


I was particularly impressed with Chapter 6, which talks about the power of rewiring your brain to react differently to stress and adverse situations.


Some suggestions she makes to reboot your brain include:


  • Meditate, especially when you first get up.

  • Find a purpose in your life as those with purpose have been shown to be happier people.

  • See yourself becoming the you that you want to be, as the non-conscious mind can help create the results you want.

  • Make a connection to something greater than yourself such as an invisible power, higher self, universe, or God.

  • Be around positive minded people as you pick up emotions from those around you.

  • Exercise in start and stop spurts.

  • Consume a diet that is rich with Omega-3 oils, fresh vegetables and fruits, with minimal sugar and alcohol.

  • Learn a new language or how to play a musical instrument.

  • Surround yourself with pleasant smells and sounds.

There's so much here that you are bound to walk away with several suggestions on how to reboot your brain to help ward off dementia and brain fog.

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Synopsis

Brain fog? Mind blanks and memory loss? Terrified, deep down, that these could be the early symptoms of something far more serious?

Then this is the book for you.

Research shows that by taking action now, every one of us can get a better brain, fast. ‘Reboot Your Brain’ is the ultimate brain DIY manual, explaining clearly and simply exactly what works and what doesn’t.

Filled with top tips for optimal brain health, using natural approaches ranging from nutritional advice to herbal remedies and covering topics as far afield as dental hygiene, the effects of 5G and electro-magnetic fields and how parasites and bacteria can harm your brain function, it becomes clear that managing your daily environment is the key.

* Learn what to eat and which supplements to take for a sharper mind.
* A complete mind-body-brain detox that explains clearly and simply what works and what doesn’t
* Establish your own personal ‘Brain Baseline’: identify your weaknesses and track improvements over time.
* Find out about the latest mind stimulating technology

Act now for a better brain – it’s never too late to start. The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ has never rung more true.

Introduction


Introduction to Reboot Your Brain


I am a fervent believer in the brain–body

connection.


I am interested in anything related to the impact of ageing on

the brain and the alternative ways that this process can be

slowed or reversed. Since the millennium, scientists have made

huge leaps in their understanding of the brain. This explosion

of neuroscience research, and the introduction of advanced

imaging systems, has enabled us to actually see, for the first time, the

physically transformative impact that

therapeutic and health-boosting activities have had on the brain

itself. The brains of those who meditate, exercise, engage in

talking therapy, and eat healthily, actually look different to the

brains of those who don’t. Cynics who had previously dismissed

meditation and counselling as ‘fluffy’ and unscientific, often

ascribing any benefits to ‘the placebo effect’, have been forced

to revise their opinions. Meditation training has been widely

adopted by schools, some doctors’ surgeries, and even some

parts of the military. And the impact of nutrition on disease

prevention now has a groundswell of solid science behind it.


My greater urgency to look at the options


In tandem with this new credibility for alternative ways to boost

physical and mental health, I began to notice more and more

headlines about dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease,

but a general term used to describe a collection of symptoms

that cause a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere

with daily life, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.

The picture here seemed far bleaker. Older friends and people

of my parents’ generation began to share news of symptoms

and diagnoses. Barely a month went by without word of another

family being touched by it. Then, a year ago, my own father was

diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer’s. Although he was

otherwise fit and well, I had suspected for some time that his

memory slips and occasional forgetfulness were a more serious

concern than the brain fog that often comes with age.


At first, it felt hopeless – acceptance seems like the only

appropriate reaction. There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s – at best

experts predict it is likely to be many decades off – so it’s

difficult not to receive the news of a diagnosis with sadness and

resignation. However, I wasn’t prepared to give in entirely, so I

resolved to support my father by doing what I do best: to meet

the challenge by researching and exploring what was going on

outside of conventional medicine.


My father’s brain had always been clear as a bell, and despite being

in his early 80's, people often remarked on his youthfulness. But,

he had begun to lose track of what he was saying mid-sentence,

or head off to do something and then retrace his steps a few

minutes later, having forgotten what the original task was. He also

began to forget the names of people he had known for years.

The confusion only lasted for a few minutes, but it was enough

to worry him considerably. Then the dread of what might be

happening to his mind began to overwhelm him, probably adding

considerably to his confusion.


When the doctor gave him the diagnosis, he didn’t really seem

to take it in. And in view of the fact that there is currently no

medical cure, we didn’t see the point of adding to his distress

by explaining that to him. I know from my years of working with

people with cancer, that it’s often the shock of the diagnosis

and the all-encompassing fear that the diagnosis triggers which

overwhelm the person almost more than the disease itself.


There has to be hope


Medical history is full of examples of diseases once deemed

incurable, from smallpox to diphtheria, which have been finally

conquered by science and are now either manageable or entirely

eradicated. The work of the Australian doctor Barry Marshall

springs to mind. His claim to have established a bacterial cause

of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer was rubbished when it was

first suggested in the 1980's. Fast forward to 2005 and he was

awarded the Nobel Prize for his research.


So, I know it is merely a question of timing – but will the Alzheimer’s

cure, the ‘holy grail’ longed for by sufferers and their families,

arrive in time for my father? The odds are against it. Having said

that, the exciting work in the USA by Dr Michael Fossel seems like

offering a serious possibility. Dr Fossel and his team are working on

telomerase gene therapy. Specifically, they are looking at extending

the length of your telomeres – the caps at the end of each strand

of DNA that protect your chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the

end of shoelaces – with a single injection, thereby rejuvenating the

age of the brain. They have had consistent success in tests with

animal models, showing that aged animals with poor memory,

poor learning ability and other poor behavioural measures, have

consistently improved in all areas. At the time of writing they are

waiting for US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for

human trials and searching for funding.1


There are also exciting developments in the field of immunology.

Tests can now analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your

immune system, and highlight precisely which genes are working

less than optimally, then tailor treatment to repair any damage.

Boost this treatment with stem cells (see reference section, page

142) and the indications are that once your immune system is

optimised, diseases, including brain deficiencies, disappear.


What can be done in the meantime?


The best option for both those who already have a dementia

diagnosis, and anyone looking toward the future, who simply

wants to minimise mental deterioration whatever their age and

state of health, has to be to seek out interventions that already

exist. Many of these have been developed by small companies

with limited funds, and lots are in the early stages. Researchers

are often working under the radar, but still showing effective

results with those already struggling with their brain health.


My father and I decided to take our own steps – together – to

attempt to keep the onset of his disease in check and to search

the world for the latest research. From scouring scientific journals,

I have become aware that the medical profession’s pharmaceutical

options appear to be failing their trials, one by one, so I made the

decision to turn in a non-invasive complementary direction instead.

There are myriad research papers showing the efficacy of herbal

remedies and nutritional supplements as treatment for a wide

range of ills – mental and physical. Many show that natural

treatments can work just as well as pharmaceutical options.

Some even anecdotally ‘curing’ officially ‘incurable’ diseases –

although these are often attacked and shut down by corporate

interests that have no intention of letting the majority of us be

‘healed’. How much more profitable to keep ‘managing’ disease

by medicating it instead of ‘curing’ it once and for all.


There is a wealth of new evidence on the phenomenon of

‘epigenetics’ – an area of work that looks at the way the

expression of our DNA changes constantly depending on our

brain’s perception of, and response to, its environment, along

with our ever-increasing understanding of the brain’s plasticity.

Epigenetics is revealing the mechanisms that explain how

everything we do and are exposed to impacts on our brains.


A word of caution though, it’s important to be mindful of the

fact that a lack of research doesn’t mean something doesn’t

work. Scientific research may give you confidence, but it often

takes years, if not decades, to emerge into public view. If there

is little profit to be made, corporate agendas may block the

development, particularly of natural, non-invasive methods of

healing because they are often not patentable. If large corporate

funders can see no profit in such research, it is either unlikely to

be funded, or any successes are rapidly buried.


Back to my father


We came to the conclusion that doing something had to be

better than doing nothing but wait for the tide of forgetfulness

to overwhelm him. And he has been brilliant, solidly supported

by my stepmother every step of the way. First, we worked on

his nutrition. We cut out everything that science shows has a

negative effect on the brain. He stuck to his ‘brain diet’ (which

I share with you in Chapter 7) religiously, and it gave him both

hope and a structure. Each and every meal was scientifically

proven to be able to improve his neuronal and mitochondrial

strength and boost his mind.


Every therapy or supplement I researched that had substantial

evidence of a positive effect on the brain, whether scientific

or anecdotal, was added to his daily programme. He has

enthusiastically done whatever it took – whether it was for an

hour or a few minutes. He has taken part in trials in Canada

looking at the effects of light therapy on the brain. We imported

nutritional supplements from the US and silica-rich aluminium-removing

water from Malaysia. And we have tested his bloods

and urine before and after each new element was introduced.

Encouraged by every positive change, my father has become

more confident that he might improve. With every mouthful that

he eats, supplement he swallows, or potion that he drinks, he

feels he is playing a part in his own recovery and taking back

control of his health.


Looking at the wider audience


In the wake of my father’s diagnosis, I began talking to people

about dementia, and I noticed that much of the time a general

air of despair accompanied it. There was a worrying dismissal

from some quarters in response to my suggestions for what

might help. I would tell my friends about a fascinating study

on the effects of mindfulness on dementia, or the benefits of

upping their intake of oily fish, for example, but much of this

fell on stony ground. In most cases, my friends’ scepticism had

been stoked by their family doctor and other medical doctors’

lack of awareness of research or anecdotal positive evidence on

alternative treatments and lifestyle approaches.


I was struck, again and again, by an almost wilful rubbishing of

alternative approaches. They seemed to come from a position of

learned helplessness – drug treatments are too often presented

as the only credible option. What particularly saddened me was

that the dismissals mainly came from people who were already

dealing with the early stages of dementia – they were in the

trenches. But, even those whose brains seemed to be functioning

fairly normally (although ‘normal’ for many people includes lowlevel

anxiety, depression and brain fog), were, for the most part,

equally disinterested.


I was repeatedly told that declining brain function: ‘is just a

normal part of getting older’, ‘it happens to us all’, or ‘there’s

nothing you can do about it’. But none of these statements is

true. We have all met those vibrant, clear thinking 100-year olds,

whose minds seem as sharp now as they were decades ago.

I kept wondering: what makes some people keep their brains

and others lose theirs? Is it really just a question of genetics?


The answer, quite simply, is – no, it isn’t. Epigenetics has forced us

all to reassess that idea. Look to your family past – how many

of your great-grandparents succumbed to dementia – you

will probably find it was the exception rather than the rule. So,

what has changed? Granted, we are, for the most part, living for

longer. But I believe it is in an analysis of the environment rather

than the genes alone where you may find the answer. Today we

live extremely sedentary lives, eat an unbalanced diet high in

processed foods, sugars and animal products. We exist in a soup

of electromagnetic frequencies, and drink and bathe in chemically

treated water. Dangerously high levels of pollutants from transport

and farming fill the air we breathe. The brain is a sensitive organ,

and of course all of these environmental factors influence it.


How to start your journey of change


Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised by the lack of engagement

most of us have about thinking outside the box when it comes

to the brain. The science behind our understanding of the brain’s

remarkable responsiveness to lifestyle and behavioural change

is still relatively new. Most of us just haven’t seen the memo yet.

If you’re nodding your head with ‘that’s true of me’ recognition,

read on as I’d like to explore the importance of the latest

scientific discoveries with you, and set them in context of our

understanding of how our brains work. I’m hoping it might nudge

you to shake up your thinking on what’s possible.


I’ll explain why current advances in neuroscience are so

significant for anyone wanting to take a proactive approach to

their brain health and function. I’m not talking specifically here

about staving off dementia. I’m talking about improving your

cognitive edge and enhancing your ability to harness the full

power of your brainpower: memory, executive function (high

level, complex and analytical thinking), as well as your emotional

regulation, mood and energy. But everyone is different and so

are the issues that affect them.


I have written this book to help you to take a more hopeful,

empowering approach to your own mental health and brainpower.

Most of the readily available approaches – drug therapies and

long-term psychotherapy – are inadequate. The former is risky,

and in many cases treats the symptoms rather than the causes of

problems, and the latter is costly, very time-consuming and can

be somewhat hit-and-miss in terms of its efficacy and availability.

I am going to show you how to take back control of your brain in

three simple stages: first, unburden your brain, then repair it, and

finally, boost it. Everything in this book is focused and evidencebased.

I look at a range of possible interventions, many of which

are lifestyle changes entirely within your control.


My research takes full advantage of the advances in neuroscience

and the wide range of complementary health approaches

that can help you. In writing it I have drawn on my 30 years’

experience as a health advocate, from setting up Breast Cancer

Haven all those years ago, to my health blog, www.reboothealth.

co.uk. The more I’ve learned, the more passionate I’ve become

about the potential we all have to take every aspect of our health

into our own hands. This is nowhere truer than it is of the brain.

And you can start on your journey today. Your reward will be

to boost your brain function, improve your mental health and

combat age-related cognitive decline.


Good luck with your journey, and let me know how you get on.


Sara




About the author

Sara Davenport, is the founder of the cancer charity Breast Cancer Haven and author of Reboot Your Health: Simple tests and solutions to assess and improve your health. She also writes the blog www.reboothealth.co.uk. Reboot Your Brain is her second book. view profile

Published on February 06, 2020

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