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How to increase brain power

In modern urban life, there is much stress on brain over brawn. We sometimes forget that our brain uses up a tremendous amount of our energy. It is estimated that on average, of the energy we gain from food, some 20-30% will be consumed by the brain. The more thinking is required for one’s work and study, the more energy the brain needs. There are some foods that can benefit and help boost the brain.

From a Chinese medicine perspective


Walnuts are particular good. A handful daily is sufficient. One needn’t go overboard and eat lots. They make for a healthy snack in between meals too.


These will give the qi a good boost. The Liver governs the smooth flow of qi throughout the body. The brain, of course, is a great consumer of qi/energy. Dark leafy greens ensure the Liver keeps up with and maintains this important function. The knock-on effect is a healthy brain with a lively mind. A good mix of dark leafy green vegetables throughout the week will prevent any boredom with the same food on a daily basis.

From a modern medicine perspective


Fish like salmon and mackerel are high in omega 3 oil which is good news for the brain. Just be aware that farmed salmon are sometimes fed with red dye in some places to enhance its look for sale.


These are high in magnesium along with dark leafy greens. The brain loves it.


From both Chinese and modern medicine viewpoints, water is essential to life. Keep hydrated. Don’t wait till you are thirsty to drink. Aim for an average of 2.5 to 3 litres of water daily. Of course, it does depend on your body size, the weather, and your activities. In hot weather, be more conscientious of keeping up with your fluid intake.


Tea and coffee are diuretics. Too much of these and you are peeing out more than you are putting in. Alcohol is the other to cut down. You don’t want to be pickling your brain. If you are a regular imbiber of that beverage, be sure to keep two complete days alcohol-free.


Get the rest you need. The hours of sleep are important but more so is the quality of sleep. That’s when the brain and the body rejuvenate themselves.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine herbs are great boosters of brain power. Come consult with me.

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