Mental Fitness Tips From World Renowned Experts

Article At A Glance

  • Relaxation and visualisation for brain health
  • Perfecting your bedtime sleep routine
  • Water and its crucial role in your life
  • The power of intermittent fasting

We’ve contacted the best in the business when it comes to mental agility and physical health, including Integrative Neuroscientist Dr Heidi Hanna and Neuropharmacologist Dr Elisabeth Philipps and we’ve asked them for their top brain training and mental agility tips.

These brain-boosting exclusive tips and tricks can be easily applied to your own lifestyle. So get ready to push the limits of your mental fitness, learn life-changing hacks you may never have thought of, push aside your current routines and embrace something totally new.

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”


Isaac Asimov

Top Brain Boosting Tip From The Experts

Integrative Neuroscientist, Dr Heidi Hanna is a world renowned scientist and speaker on brain health and cognitive optimisation. Not to mention a New York Times best selling author. Her tips combine relaxation with visualisation:

“My favorite brain training tip is one I use during my morning’s “Prime Time” to shift my senses into an ideal state and support my best brain performance. It’s a practice I call “Coming to my Senses” where I identify how I want to feel, and then see what “Energy Anchor” helps me get there. Whether it’s a word, phrase, sound, color or smell, I do my best to engage all of my senses to recharge my brain from the bottom up.  

My favourite right now is a Beach Brain, where I use essential oils that mimic the experience of being at the beach, listen to the sound of waves crashing,and gently repeat a focus phrase to myself like “breathing in, breathing out”, “letting in, letting go”, or “I am confident” in a rhythmic way as I breathe in and out.  

This is one of many of my Brain Recharge routines I use throughout the day to be the Boss of my brain, and bring the best energy I can to the time that I have.”  

Australian Psychologist Alan Richardson found that visualisation is a key element when it comes to sport. He split up a group of basketball players into 3 groups; group 1 would practice for 20 minutes a day, group 2 would only visualise themselves free throwing and group 3 would do neither. He found that group 2, the visualisation group, significantly improved and were almost as good as group 1, the practice group. Here he proves that visualisation can often be as powerful as practice.

Perhaps the saying should be updated to “Visualisation makes perfect…”

These expert brain training tips are epic. The image is of a sculpted head with words indicating the certain areas of the brain.

Top Brain Boosting Tip From The Experts

Dr Elisabeth Philipps, Neuropharmacologist is a world class nutrition consultant. She focuses on the direct affects nutrition and the environment can have on the brain’s health and on the “gut-brain axis” which in Philipps words “underpins many different areas of physical and emotional health.” Her brain training tip highlights the importance of a strict bedtime routine:

“I like to feel recharged at the start of the day by sticking to a regular bedtime between 10pm-6am for at least 5 days a week. I use amber glasses after 6pm when using my phone or laptop to filter out the blue screen light that can interfere with sleep patterns. I have a 1 hour switching off routine prior to bedtime, including reading books and enjoying a relaxing warm bath, to get a great night’s sleep.”

A study named Sleep: A Health Imperative found that “Sleep deficiency contributes to the risk for several of modern society’s medical epidemics, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.”  The study’s findings suggest that the best way to fix health and nutrition issues is to start with a quality sleep pattern which ultimately leads to a good night’s sleep night after night.

Top Brain Boosting Tip From The Experts

Dr. Gerald H. Pollack is a scientist recognised worldwide for his dynamic speeches and award-winning books. His research labs delve into the phases of water, commonly known as gas, liquid and a solid. Pollack pushes the boundaries further by investigating a fourth lesser known phase: the exclusion-zone water, changing the face of chemistry, biology and physics as we know it! His top tip is simple but the ultimate in survival:

“Keep well hydrated. For optimum function, your cells need a full complement of structured (EZ, fourth-phase) water.”

Harvard medical school list some of the science-backed body and cognitive benefits of drinking enough water:

  • Water carries nutrients and oxygen to your cells
  • Flushes bacteria from your bladder
  • Aids digestion
  • Normalises blood pressure
  • Stabilises the heartbeat
  • Cushions joints
  • Protects organs (e.g. the brain) and tissues
A glass of water illustrates the power water has on the body and brain.

Top Brain Boosting Tip From The Experts

Dr Ellisor is an expert in the field of natural health and wellness and the affects modern living and nutrition can have on physical and mental wellbeing. He believes that “We Have To Be Smarter, We Have To Be Creative, We Have To Do Things Differently” when it comes to health in 2019 and beyond. His top brain training tip is fast (excuse the pun) becoming the doable diet of the century:

“My top brain-boosting technique I use is intermittent fasting.  I fast between 14-16 hours a day and my brain is the sharpest and clearest during these fasting times. We know that burning ketones is a clear thinking fuel and fasting is the best way to encourage the use of ketones in brain function.”

A recent study found that intermittent fasting and calorie restriction on the body and brain systems were beneficial. So much so that their findings showed that “cellular and molecular effects of intermittent fasting and calorie restriction on the cardiovascular system and the brain are similar to those of regular physical exercise, suggesting shared mechanisms.” They allude to the fact that further studies will focus on how intermittent fasting affects the blood vessels and heart and brain cells, which will “likely lead to novel preventative and therapeutic strategies for extending health span.”

So there you have it, you lucky lot, the finest brain training and mental fitness tips from world renowned experts, all in one place. Whether you want to upgrade your lifestyle, kickstart your health or create a new morning routine to master the rest of your day, these tips are by far the best place to start. Next stop: boosted brain, mind and body.

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All information featured in Peak – Brain Training articles are provided for informational purposes only and are not substitutes for medical or physician advice.

Maisie Bygraves

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