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Brain Health

Your brain is computer central for your body. It’s not just the place you stash your stray thoughts, figure out equations, or daydream. Your brain tells the rest of you what to do. Heart, beat! Lungs, expand! Kidneys. . . you get the idea.
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Your brain also tells your body what hormones to make and secrete, and what cells to send them to. If your serotonin levels are low, you feel depressed and you can’t sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, you throw cortisol and ghrelin out of whack. And so on.

Since hormone imbalance is part of diabetes and other metabolic disorders, a healthy brain is sort of important to your overall well being.

Discover a Simple Way to Improve Your Brain Health

There is a very simple thing you can do to improve your brain health. It’s been long known that deep meditation, the type done by zen monks, can improve your blood pressure and reduce stress. The benefits of meditation go far beyond simple stress reduction, and include the release of beneficial hormones including

  • DHEA
  • Melatonin
  • Seratonin
  • HGH

DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone. It’s a hormone you make in your body, and it’s secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA is a precursor to some other important hormones. Your body starts to make less of it after the age of 30, and it’s typically very low in diabetics. Your DHEA levels can also be lowered if you take insulin, corticosteroids and some other drugs.

Melatonin is also made in your body, specifically it’s made in your pineal gland from tryptophan. If you don’t get enough tryptophan, you can’t make enough melatonin. Melatonin features prominently in your sleep cycles, and it’s what some people take to minimize jet lag.

Serotonin is sometimes known as the “feel good” hormone. You manufacture it, but only when you have enough of its building blocks in your diet, including tryptophan. Prolonged exercise causes serotonin to be released, resulting in what athlete’s call a “runner’s high.” Most of us, though, suffer from having too little.

A visit to the Mayo Clinic website shows 86 articles under the search “serotonin,” with fun titles like “Social Anxiety Disorder,” “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” “PMS” and “Treatment-Resistant Depression.” The most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant drug is SSRI, or “selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor.”

HGH, or Human Growth Hormone. This is another hormone produced by the pituitary gland. It helps children grow, and helps to regenerate your body’s cells throughout your life. As you age, levels of HGH naturally drop.

For better health, it makes sense to increase the amounts of DHEA, melatonin, serotonin and HGH you have available for your body to use.

Along with increasing some of these beneficial hormones, meditation decreases cortisol. Cortisol is produced in the adrenal gland, and is known as the “stress hormone.” It’s a major factor in aging and in degenereative disease.

You could spend years studying meditation techniques to take advantage of these benefits. Or you could bypass the learning curve and time constraints and discover the benefits right away!

Entrainment Provides the Same Physical Benefits as Deep Meditation

When different low-frequency sounds are fed into each ear separately through headphones, your brain waves change to adapt to them. In the 1970’s a biophysicist named Dr. Gerald Oster discovered that your brain can be “trained” with these “binaural beats” to go into specific states, hence the name “entrainment.”

Our brains resonate to different “waves” which can be measured. When you’re awake and functioning normally, your brain waves are in Beta, ranging from 14-20 Hz. When you daydream or meditate, your brain pulses with Alpha waves from 8-13 Hz. Deep meditation, sleep, and periods of very high creativity are characterized by Theta waves, from 4-7 Hz. Delta waves are the slowest, from 0.5 to 3 Hz, and only occur when you are deeply asleep or unconscious. Some scientists also claim that Delta waves occur in a conscious state of very deep meditation.

Entrainment occurs when external stimuli (in this case, the audio frequencies) affect what’s going on inside.

You may have experienced this without knowing it. A persistent drumbeat at a concert might have made you feel “one” with the music, as though you were really in sync with it. This could have happened because your brainwaves actually synchronized with the pulse of the drum. There’s a name for this phenomenon, the FFR or Frequency Following Response.

Keep in mind that entrainment doesn’t create anything new: it simply brings your brain into a predetermined wave pattern. Your brain waves naturally move among the alpha, beta and theta states many times during each day. If the two hemispheres of your brain are out of sync with each other, entrainment will help them play nicely together again.

There are a number of companies which produce entrainment audio tracks, and they all make different claims and charge wildly different amounts. All, though, use binaural beats, usually masked behind sounds like rain, running water, or temple bells and gongs.

To receive maximum benefit, you need to listen to these recordings using earphones that cover the ear completely (pilot style), not earbuds.

In addition to the release of the beneficial hormones mentioned above, benefits of entrainment include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Relaxation
  • Visualization
  • Peak Concentration
  • Enhanced Memory
  • Enhanced Learning Ability
  • Better quality sleep
  • Better blood pressure control
  • Reduced insulin resistance
  • Improved heart rate

My Results

I discovered entrainment about 9 months ago, and I’ve listened to an entrainment audio track most days since then. When I began, I was under a lot of stress and was sleeping very badly.

Within a few days, I was sleeping longer and the quality of my sleep was much better. I also felt calmer.

Because of my overall state of health at the time, my stress levels and other factors, before I began entrainment my nerves felt raw. The best way I’ve found to describe it is to draw a parallel with electrical wires.

If you have an electrical wire that’s been stripped of its insulation, almost anything that touches the bare wire will create a spark. Once the insulation’s in place, no more sparking.

I felt like that stripped electrical wire. Everything caused me to spark — I got angry, sad, irritated or depressed at anything and nothing. After just a few days of entrainment, I felt as though I had a thin layer of insulation protecting me from all those sparks. After a few weeks, I felt calm and peaceful most of the time. When something did get through and touch me on the raw, I was able to respond more gracefully and appropriately.

Today, if I’m feeling frazzled or out of sorts I can go off to a quiet corner with my iPod and headphones, and after 40 or 45 minutes I’m ready to take on the world again.

There’s another affect which I think is due to the entrainment, although I can’t be 100% sure. My hair, which was almost completely silver on top, is getting darker again! It’s happening very slowly, but every time I get it cut I see more and more dark brown and less and less white.

I highly recommend entrainment as one way to improve your brain health and increase your overall well being. It’s one more weapon in the arsenal to overcome diabesity, and you’ll feel the results fast.

I have two specific entrainment products I recommend. Click here to find out more about them.