8 Secrets to Boost Your Brain

Author: Dr. Josh Axe

Josh: Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here with Jordan Rubin.

You know, just a great episode today, Jordan. I’m so pumped about talking about eight secrets to boost our brain health. And as we were talking before we started here, everybody has a brain.

Jordan: Everyday does. Josh: This is relevant to everyone. Jordan: Not everyone uses it fully, but everyone has one. Josh: You know Jordan, today, there are so many people that are struggling with conditions of the brain. You know I look at, you know, my grandparents as they start the age and other of people.

And a lot of times, there are neurological conditions that can affect family members that are very dear to us. And so things like Alzheimer’s, especially, and dementia can be so devastating, Parkinson’s disease, a lot of other neurological conditions. You know, even things like depression and ADHD and autism, a lot of these things affect the brain. Today, we’re going to be over some of our top tips, including essential oils, diet, herbs, supplement remedies and other things that can help your brain. And I know, you know, even me on occasion, if I'm really busy, I have a lot going on, it’s easy to forget things. Jordan: Oh, it’s no doubt. Josh: Memory problems. And so this is great for students.

8 Secrets to Boost Your Brain

Jordan: It is great for students. Josh: I think it’s great for anybody. Jordan: It’s great for athletes. There are so many athletes now that hire personal coaches to help them visualize, focus, etc.

So Josh is right. Everybody has a brain, not everybody uses it and not everybody retains it. And I read a study that showed that the number one fear of people as they age is not physical disease, it’s brain disease. And many of us, including myself, have had parents or grandparents with dementia. My grandmother had Parkinson’s. And it’s hard to be with someone who doesn’t know you, who mixes up decades and they really, really struggle.

And I’ve known many people. But folks that are younger, 30s, 40s, we all have to work. If you’re a sales person out there and you want to boost your brain, I guarantee you that you can function at a greater level. And one thing I want to share, we love to tackle topics and health conditions, but every day on our program, you’re going to learn tips that will help multiple systems of your body. This is not a one-stop shop to fix one thing. This isn’t a medical paradigm. This is ancient medicine. And I guarantee you what will help your brain will help your gut, what will help your gut will help your immune system.

So stay tuned, don’t turn the page. This is something that is for everyone today to boost your brain. Because as your brain goes, your body goes. Josh: We’ll, Jordan, let’s go and jump on in right now. Let’s start talking about the best diet, the herbs, the supplement, your number one. Let’s jump in and talk about step number one or secret number one to boost your brain health, grain-free diet. Jordan: I believe that inflammation is driving the majority of our brain issues. And when you consume a diet high in grains and polyunsaturated plant oils, you drive brain inflammation and you alter the gut.

And, folks, we’re going to probably tell you this 20 times today. The gut is the second brain. I remember when I was reading my very first book.

Previous to that, I read an amazing book by Michael Gershon called, "The Second Brain." And it talks about how more dopamine, more serotonin, neurotransmitters are in your gut than in your brain. And think about it. When you go public speak or when you do something like jump out on an airplane with a parachute, you have butterflies where? In your brain? No, in your stomach. So grains are destructive to your gut but also your brain. If you want to boost your brain, lower the grain, right? Boost your brain, lower the grain. And that’s all grains. There are some grains better than others, we know that quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, sprouted, love black rice, but minimize the grain to boost your brain.

Josh: Yeah. I've got a question here from Tina, she says, “Are quinoa and spelt okay?” And one of the things that Jordan’s eluding to here is that, it's not necessarily that they're the worst foods ever, it's not also that they're the best foods ever. They kind of lie somewhere in the middle, oftentimes. And it's hard to kind of answer is quinoa, or oats, or is rice healthy? Part of it depends on the preparation process.

If you're soaking your grains like quinoa and then you're sprouting them, and then slow cooking them in a crockpot over a period of 12 hours in broth, that sort of grain is much easier to digest than the grain raw or the grain cooked, you know, for a short period time and that type of thing. So, again, it really depends. But, in general, if you want to boost your brain health and really focus on taking your health of your gut and your brain to the next level, we’d recommend going grain-free for a period of time, or if you are going to consume grains, make sure they're sprouted and cooked for a long period of time Jordan: Now, we don't talk about this today, but grains that are high in starch can be problematic. But seeds can be very, very good. So seeds are wonderful for your brain. We'll talk about that a little bit.

But I wanted to mention that quinoa, it's arguable, whether it's a grain or a fruit or a seed, but what we do know is quinoa is primarily made up of starch. Starch causes digestive issues, which triggers brain issues and those grains are high in omega-6 fatty acids. You want to lower those. So reduce the grain to boost your brain. Josh: Absolutely.

Let's jump into step number two here, Jordan. Good fats, this is big. I'll tell you right now, I mean, one of the things that a lot of us, I think, don't realize that, you know, your body is made up of a lot of fat. In fact, almost every cell in your body is made from what's called a lipid bilayer so you are made up of fat. And so, you know, it's really true, Jordan, we've heard the principle, "You are what you eat," and in certain ways, it's especially true with fat because.

. . Jordan: Well, except if you eat fat, you're not fat. Josh: That’s true. Jordan: Right.

Josh: Good point there. Jordan: “You're a fat head.” Fat is key. Josh, there's a lot of research now on a ketogenic diet, particularly for those with neurological conditions such as epilepsy. In fact, there's research at Johns Hopkins that's dating back years, if not decades, to the power of an all fat and protein diet. Low carbohydrate to boost your brain. So if you want to unlock the health of your brain, it's mostly made of fat. And not just any fat, but a combination primarily of saturated and omega-3 fats and phospholipids.

Also, there are some great antioxidants we don't even have time to get into, but one of the best brain foods, and it's been said before, wild sockeye salmon. In particular, sockeye because not only does it have omega-3s but it also has powerful astaxanthin, which is an antioxidant that crosses the blood-brain barrier. So keep that in mind, you want to make sure to consume fatty fish.

Herring is good, mackerel is good. You know one of the least expensive brain boosting foods is? Sardines. Not only sardines but sardines with the bones in it because that's calcium as well. I've met people before that are very aged and they will say that they consumed a lot of sardines. Josh: Oh, yeah. Yeah, I'm a huge fan of sardines, in fact. Now, I like to do a lot of fish, but there are certain fish that Chelsea doesn't like me eating because of the smell in the house. But anyway.

. . Jordan: I don't like you eating them before our program either.

Josh: Well, you've got to lay off the garlic and onions. I'm just kidding. So we'll talk about those later. So good fats here, I want to talk about a few specific fats and then have Jordan actually mention a few other things about fats as well. When Jordan mentioned saturated fats, some of those fats you want to start adding in your diet today. Number one is coconut oil. In fact, Jordan, I think you saw the article written by the medical doctor out of Florida who her husband had Alzheimer's.

And she started supplementing his diet with coconut oil. In fact, there's even a diet today called the coconut ketogenic diet because you're putting in extra medium-chain triglycerides in the diet, which helps with ketone bodies and things like that with the brain. But, again, coconut oil, number one. Cook with coconut oil on low temperatures if you're going to cook with it, add it into a smoothie, do some coconut milk, coconut meat. Jordan: Coconut butter. Josh: Coconut butter is fantastic. Jordan: It’s great. Josh: In fact, we'll do chicken, Jordan, at our house and we'll do coconut shreds as the actual breading for frying it up in coconut oil.

So coconut, also ghee, that's G-H-E-E, those are short-chain saturated fats. And then, I would also say something like red palm oil. I know there are some questions about sustainability, but make sure it's certified sustainable red palm oil. Those are all good sources of saturated fats. And then long-chain fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, as Jordan talked about, the best, wild-caught fish for getting those.

And, of course, monounsaturated fats, getting some olive oil and things like that can be beneficial as well, but especially the saturated, the omega-3s. And Jordan mentioned specifically phospholipids, which are found in astaxanthin, which is found in wild-caught salmon and also even things like caviar, right, Jordan? Jordan: Caviar is an ultimate brain booster. Fish roe and caviar have phospholipids and squalene, which are both powerful for the brain.

It was called, by some, "the quintessential superfood." So if you can afford it, if you can find a good source, they're absolutely awesome. And eggs. You know what eggs I really love? Duck eggs. Now, I love chicken eggs. Pasture-raised eggs are a brain booster. We raise eggs on our farm, we'll take you there and show you sometime, but I love duck eggs, goose eggs. I even saw an ostrich egg one time. I wouldn't eat it myself, but I thought, "How cool.

You must need a hammer to chisel that thing." It is about this big. But duck eggs are cool. They have a really strong protein backbone. It fills a whole pan too. It looks awesome. Josh: Oh, yeah.

Chelsea and I, whenever we go down to Florida, which we're going here in a couple weeks, Santa Rosa Beach, they have a farmers market, and someone brings duck eggs. And Chelsea and I love them because the yolks are so big. Jordan: They're awesome. I love yolks. I don’t know about you, but the whole egg white thing was not for me one bit.

The yolk is awesome and it's loaded with phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylserine and lecithin. Josh: You know, Jordan, when I have patients who are on, you know, if I put them on something more similar to like a GAPS diet or they have major inflammatory bowel issues, one of the things I'll often times do is have them skip the white and only do the yolk because, again, it is so good for the brain and it's easier on the gut than the white itself. So let's go ahead and jump here into number three. And by the way, hey, help us spread the message right now. You know, Jordan and I really are on a mission. We want to help people prevent things like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and memory issues.

You know, I love my parents more than anything and, on a regular basis, you know, I'm giving my parents supplements. I'm going down to Florida and just sort of counseling them on their diet and nutrition because I love them so much. And one of the things just want to encourage you to do, if you're watching this video, now think about all the people right now that need to know this information we've talked about. There are so many people, Jordan, still, that haven't heard the ketogenic diet.

They think egg whites are better than the yolk. Jordan: They eat lots of oatmeal for their brain. Josh: Lots of grains and not realizing those are not brain-friendly. They need to start changing their diet for their brain. Jordan: And every mom out there, you owe it to your students. Josh: There you go.

Jordan: My wife homeschools. We have six children. It's so imperative that your kids eat a brain-smart diet, whether they're homeschooled or they go to school, start them off healthy.

I might even share a recipe with this one. . . Josh: Well, let's do it. Jordan:.

. Called a blueberry bomb, which is going to really be awesome. But dark-colored fruits. We've talked about this on every program one way or another, but dark-colored fruits contain anthocyanin. And they've actually done a study on laboratory animals, and I never quite understand the poor mouse or rat that has to be subjected to this, but they proved that an extract of anthocyanin, which is the pigment in dark fruits, caused laboratory animals to boost their neurons and they went through a maze much quicker than the poor mouse who didn't have the blueberry extract. Dark fruits every day. Blueberries, blackberries.

Blackberries are so abundant. We grow them, dozens of acres of blackberries. There are boysenberries, which are harder to find maybe at your farmers market. Where I find duck eggs, I find boysenberries.

Dark-colored grapes are awesome. Muscadines, I don't know if you can see, I open my fridge. I love muscadines. Josh: The best, the best. Jordan: They’re not great on your teeth when you eat so many of the seeds. Josh: The seeds. Jordan: But muscadines. There's a Brazilian grape called jabuticaba.

Acai is a great dark-colored fruit. I like to put it in smoothies. Buy the frozen packets. So acai is great. There are many others. So any fruit or even seed that is black, blue, or purple.

Purple carrots are high in anthocyanins and those are really awesome as well. The color purple, the color blue, it's amazing. You know, spirulina is a blue-green algae and has some phycocyanin, which is anthocyanin that is created by phytoplankton. So that's another great. And then there are other algae as well. So make sure to consume dark fruit.

So can I give my little smoothie recipe? Josh: Actually, let me say this first. Let me share what I had this morning for breakfast then I can have you share. So this morning, for breakfast, Jordan, I actually had one of the king fruits of anthocyanins and I had a cranberry smoothie. Did cranberries, some vanilla bone broth protein powder, coconut milk some green superfood, you know, the algae in an organic super greens powder, plus some cranberries, a lot of anthocyanin. So let's talk about your recipe for your blueberry bomb. Jordan: Okay.

So, folks, understand that what we recommend for our families may be different than what you consume, but I've been a big consumer of raw eggs, and I'm talking about 21 years. And I had inflammatory bowel disease. And if anyone had to be worried about germs it was me. But properly cleaned, organic, pasture-raised eggs are amazing and your ancestors consumed them raw in Caesar salad, ice creams, smoothies. But I'm not suggesting you have to. You could certainly do an egg-free recipe, but here's what I do.

I take two pints of blueberries, I'll tell you why at the end. I'm sorry, it's the equivalent of one pint. So two small, what they call six-ounce clamshells, one pint of blueberries. I do either eight ounces of raw cream or an entire can of coconut milk. This is a lot. I'm warning you, it's a lot of food.

Six eggs, a little bit of vanilla extract, and lately I've been putting some of that tigernut flour we talked about just to boost your prebiotics. But the key is you've got blueberries, you can go blackberries too, blueberries, eggs, and a high fat, either dairy, coconut, you can do almond milk as well. You know what I did the other day? I did almond milk in my blueberry bomb with some of that coconut cream kefir that we both have. So I do that. It's a lot it makes about two large cups. And I crush it.

And we're talking about six pasture-raised egg yolks, one pint of blueberries, eight ounces of high, healthy saturated fat. I call it the blueberry bomb because when you're done that, it's like, man, my memory just got a boost. Josh: That’s awesome. Jordan: So and, actually, the fat is a great delivery vehicle for the anthocyanins.

And I started this because my dad went to a farmers market in Georgia and he met a woman who had, I believe, stage III colon cancer. And all she did, now this is a testimonial, all she did was consume a pint of blueberries from the first day of the farmers market open in May till when it closed in September and she was cancer-free. So I thought, "You know what? Blueberries are great anyway." And I said I'm going to make them better by adding some fat to it, blueberry bomb. There you have it. Josh: Awesome, well done. Jordan: Dark fruits. That's number three.

Josh: Great recipe. Number four here are herbs. Man, Jordan, there are so many great herbs for the brain. I know one of my favorites to use and, actually, we'll probably… Jordan: Yeah, yeah, cover it there so… Josh: So I'll go and, well, I'll have you start here.

Jordan: Okay. Josh: Here we go. Jordan: My favorite brain herb is bacopa or brahmi. Bacopa or brahmi, also known as waterhyssop, is an Ayurvedic herb. Now, probably my top three for the brain are all Ayurvedic. Now, I know people will say gingko, periwinkle is good, but my top is bacopa or brahmi.

Okay. Number two, ashwagandha. Now, they all work differently.

Ashwagandha reduces stress. And holy basil is number three. So these are all Ayurvedic herbs that boost brainpower, energize the brain, and have been studied in dementia and pre-dementia. So if you know someone who either has memory issues, Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, or you want to prevent it, bacopa, ashwagandha, and holy basil in tea form, in supplement form, awesome. And there are many others. Josh: Oh, yeah.

Absolutely. Those are some fantastic herbs Jordan. Again, I know that some of my favorites, too, on a regular basis, holy basil is great. Just regular basil leaf is great too, actually.

Has some benefits for supporting the brain. Some great ones there. And, you know, we could get into others.

I mean, turmeric is obviously fantastic. Jordan: Well, that’s next. Josh: But ashwagandha is one of my favorites. Jordan: Right. Hold on, hold on I forgot something. Josh: Okay.

Go ahead. Jordan: I can't write very well so I'm not going to do it. But I would be remiss if I didn't tell you, it's not an herb, but probably the most important substance on the planet to boost the brain, lion's mane mushroom. And I completely left it off and, by the way, we grow mushrooms.

Sorry, everybody, I missed out. But lion's mane mushroom, otherwise known as hedgehog mushroom or hericium, contains compounds that rebuild the nerves. It's called nervine growth factor. So if you want to know about the number one supplemental or call it… it's not an herb because it's a fungus. The number one natural substance, I think, for the brain is lion's mane mushroom. It's the number one selling supplement in health food stores for the brain. It's awesome. And especially when you combine it with the herbs we mentioned and the spices we're about to.

So think lion's mane for your brain. Josh: I love it. Let's jump in here into spices, Jordan. Obviously, there's a difference between herbs and spices. Spices, in most cases, being the more powerful per gram and so some great spices here. Why don't you talk about turmeric? Jordan: What can I say about turmeric, except it is the number one way to prevent brain inflammation.

It has curcumin and other compounds that cross the blood-brain barrier. And I even heard that when people from India have undergone autopsies, they consume so much turmeric that they literally have orange or yellow in their brain. I heard it on a documentary. Turmeric is awesome. Do it in teas. We talked about doing it in juices.

Put it in broth because you need it every day. And that's just one spice. Josh: Absolutely.

So lots of spices here, as Jordan talked about. Let's go ahead and jump in here into number six, essential oils. Jordan: I talked about this, but I pour, every day, frankincense, lavender, and rosemary on my head. And I quote from Psalm 23, “You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the rest of my days and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” And, you know, sometimes I'm a little goofy but I thought to myself next time one of my goats or sheep have three triplet girls, I'm going to name them Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy.

Josh: I love that. Jordan: Wouldn't that be kind of funny? Josh: Oh, yeah, that's awesome. You know, I wonder if.

. You know, we read in the Bible about all of the wisdom that King Solomon had and they also reference cedarwood. You know, cedarwood was known to be associated with strength and wisdom biblically. And cedarwood actually, in studies, has been shown to improve symptoms of things like ADHD, memory, focus. So some of my top essential oils for the brain health, number one is rosemary.

Number two is actually vetiver. Vetiver is so great for focus and concentration. Number three is frankincense. Number four is cedarwood.

Those are some of my absolute favorites. And there are others that are great as well for memory. You know, I think chamomile and lavender can be good because they're relaxing and stress relieving on the body. Jordan, so many diseases today are caused by emotional stress. Jordan: Absolutely.

If somebody you know is suffering from memory loss, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, put them on an essential oil program. Have them bathe with essential oils. Josh: Yeah.

Jordan: Put it on their feet, put it on their head. Your head can handle almost any oil neat, maybe minus oregano if you've got a cut or scrape up there. But I just put them on my head. My daughter, Isabella, who's going to turn four this weekend, said, "Dad can you put oils on my head?" So I put lavender on her head.

But that's a great place. Head, feet, or, as I would say to her, head, shoulders, knees, and toes. Josh: And not to mention rosemary is also great for naturally thickening your hair, as is sage oil.

In fact, sage is another great oil for supporting brain health, especially hormonal health. Sage and clary sage. So if you want to thicken your hair naturally, the best oils to do so, number one rosemary, number two sage, and number three is probably an oil like cedarwood. All of those are very good for naturally. . . I think that's how Jordan gets his luscious, dark, thick hair.

Jordan: Yeah. I don't know about luscious, but lustrous, maybe. Josh: Lustrous. There we go. Jordan: All right. Any good brain regimen takes care of the gut and probiotics are really important.

We're actually seeing research now that probiotics and fermented foods are helping to deal with depression, functional memory, etc. In fact, you know what is amazing as a combo, probiotics and lion's mane mushroom. You've got bacteria and you've got fungi combination together.

I'm just sort of realizing that, but powerful stuff. You need to be on a good probiotic. We like a broad range of genera. So bacillus, lactobacillus, sacrum, myces and many others. Fermented foods are great for the brain.

Fermented foods with fat are awesome. That's why we like that coconut cream kefir because it gives you fats and it gives you probiotics all in one. Josh: Yeah, absolutely agreed, Jordan.

You know, one of the things I know that I remember reading one of your books years ago when my mom was struggling with gut health. And we got turned on to soil-based probiotics, SBO probiotics. And one of the things I remember you saying in the book that you wrote is how they were kind of like this demolition team coming through and clearing out a lot of those pathogenic bad bacteria and microbes out of the body. So when you are buying a probiotic supplement, make sure you're getting one that has SBO probiotics. So soil based organisms, like Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus clausii, Bacillus coagulans and other things. Even looking for fungi in your probiotics, some of the medicinal mushrooms as Jordan has talked about, beneficial yeast.

So, again, you want to buy a probiotic that contains soil-based organisms. And I'll mention this as well. A lot of times, Jordan, people are taking probiotic supplements that are not heat-resistant strains. So by the time they take them, they're getting very little benefit. Jordan: Absolutely. If you consume a probiotic with bacillus or soil organisms, I've done it for 21 years, really has made a difference. That, combined with the raw eggs, of course. But probiotics are key.

Make sure you're consuming one every day for your gut and your brain. Makes everything work better. This is another no-brainer for people who suffer with memory issues. Actually, this is really cool. One of my mentors, Dr. Peter Rothschild, who was a professor over me during my naturopathic studies, he was really the father of soil-based organisms.

And he showed me a study that the use of soil-based probiotics improved functional memory. So what he did was they had. .

I want to say it was a 12-digit number that they let people look at for a few minutes. Then he took it away to see how many people came back and remembered it. And when they added soil-based organisms to their diet, their memory improved dramatically.

And that's pretty awesome and that's functional memory. We could all stand to memorize 12-digit numbers or more. Josh: Oh, yeah. I mean, it's incredible. And, Jordan, this really gets back to one of the root things we mentioned that at the beginning of the program is that there is a gut-brain connection.

When you look at so many diseases or issues today, I know one of the things we'll talk about in the future are issues such as autism. And one of the things that can happen, I've taken care of hundreds of children with that condition and we found when we got certain things out of their diet, like gluten and casein, and we start to working on repairing the gut lining, all of a sudden the behavior got better, the brain got better. And it's the same thing with so many different conditions. Similar thing with depression and anxiety. These conditions are linked to the health of the gut.

As Hippocrates said over 2,000 years ago, "All disease begins in the gut," in the digestive tract. So that's why probiotics are absolutely key, repairing the gut lining, supporting digestive health, in order to support the brain is absolutely essential here as well. So, Jordan, let's jump right in here into step number eight. Perspiration, okay. Jordan: Now, we've heard lots and many times that using antiperspirants that contain aluminum drives brain issues. So, folks, heavy metals, particularly aluminum, are very linked to neurodegeneration.

Heavy metals come from a lot of different environmental factors, but heavy metals are a problem. So if antiperspirants are bad, what could be really good? You know, they actually found recently lymphatic tissue in the brain. So if the brain is part of the lymphatic system, you need to perspire. I meet people, Josh, that say they haven't perspired in a decade. Women are so afraid to perspire. Think about it.

You need to sweat even if you are not a young person, you don't need to exercise vigorously, but perspiration and whatever causes you to perspire are both great. Every morning, not only do I exercise but I go in an infrared sauna. Sweat, go outside.

Sun is also amazing. We didn't talk about vitamin D deficiency and how that affects brain health, but get sun, exercise. You've got to sweat. Josh: Yeah, love it. I've got a question here from Mary. She says, "Where do I put the frankincense to get the benefits?" What I would recommend with frankincense is doing exactly what Jordan mentioned. Anoint your head with oil or take the frankincense, rub it on your temples, rub it on the front of your neck and the back of your neck. One other thing too, Jordan, I personally use it internally.

I'll do one or two drops on my thumb and actually rub it on the roof of my mouth. And I do that because the roof of my mouth is connected to my sinus cavity, bringing in those beneficial compounds in frankincense. Jordan: And just smelling the bottle. Josh: Inhaling them. Jordan: Because inhaling goes through the blood-brain barrier. You know what else? Add frankincense to an underarm preparation because if antiperspirants are bad, isn't that a great vehicle to draw.

. . It's a two-way street, folks. Josh: Think about that. Jordan: Put it in the lymphatic areas and you might say, "Well, I can't put it on my head. What if it goes in my eyes?" I think I told you I did one of those, "Oops, I pulled out my orifice reducer," which is what they call the little dropper and I forgot. And it was kind of dark because I wouldn't want to wake anybody up.

I went, thinking it was going to drop out. Instead, it poured out and I got frankincense in my eyes and it didn't really do anything. I was pretty nervous, but it was fine. So I'm not telling you to put it in your eye, but the head is a great place.

That's one of the reasons why I get so frustrated when children use shampoos that have all kinds of chemicals because I know it's a great medium to be absorbed. Josh: Yeah, here's a homemade deodorant recipe that I personally use. Actually, I do a blend of sandalwood and bergamot with coconut oil, baking soda and just a little bit of beeswax. Put it in a pan, let it melt and then turn it into deodorant. By the way, you can find these recipes if you go to draxe.com, D-R-A-X-E, or just search Dr. Axe deodorant.

We even have a probiotic deodorant on the website there. And then, Jordan, our new book coming out, we actually have some great deodorant recipes that aren't even on my website yet. So when that essential oil book comes out, that'll be amazing. Jordan: And meditation and prayer, I want to close with this. I've met people before and when I asked them this, they give an interesting answer.

Have you ever pictured yourself older? Think about it. I was recently talking to a good friend of mine who said, "For years, I never could picture myself older so I always thought I wouldn't live very long." It's kind of a weird deal, but I quote Psalm 91 every morning while I'm in the shower. I am a multitasker. And while I would love to say that I do it in a quiet closet on my knees, it’s while I'm conditioning because you have to wait two minutes anyway. But I have quoted Psalm 91 every day for years. One of my mentors who really taught me about biblical eating had his family do it. My family does it now, but at the end of Psalm 91, God's talking to David and he says, "And with long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” So I don't just quote Psalm 91, I started visualizing it.

And what I visualize during that part is me sitting there with still darkish hair, older, with a bunch of kids and grandkids and your legacy. I think two of the greatest things you can do to boost your brain to avoid Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, keep a good memory, stay young. Is to say, "I am young. I am going to have a great memory." You know people curse themselves with their mouth. It says in the Bible, "From the same mouth comes cursing and blessing," It shouldn't be so. And the Bible goes on to say, "Freshwater and saltwater can't come out of the same spring, but yet life and death come from the power of the tongue." And so if you go around saying, "My memory stinks.

I always forget my keys. My dad had Alzheimer's," it's not good. So picture yourself older and healthier, fully functional and don't be afraid to say, "My brain is healthy. My brain is strong. I'm eating dark fruits. I'm going grain-free." They can call it positive affirmation, whatever they want. I call it speaking the truth. It's very biblical.

It says in God's Word, "As a man thinks in his heart so is he." So think about yourself being healthy. And if you know anybody who needs powerful benefits to boost their brain or anything else, watch our programs and make sure to take advantage of our free eBook on the power of turmeric. I'm not going to give this away, but tomorrow's program is going to be awesome.

Josh: Oh, yeah. Jordan: It is something that everybody needs to know. We're going to talk about the epidemic that has increased easily 20 times since I was a child.

And we're going to talk about how to beat it to really make your life much better. Josh: Absolutely. We'll see you guys tomorrow with more here on, "Ancient Nutrition Today." Thanks, guys. Hi.

Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking out this YouTube video and also don't forget to subscribe if you want to get more great content on things like herbs, essential oils, natural remedies, and how to use food as medicine. Also, checkout more of our content on my YouTube channel. Thanks for watching.

8 Secrets to Boost Your Brain

Josh: Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here with Jordan Rubin.You know, just a great episode today, Jordan. I’m so pumped about talking about eight secrets to boost our brain health. And as…

By: Dr. Josh Axe