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Brain Power. Mind, Memory and Focus By Dr. Kimberly Balas. The adult brain weighs about 3 lbs - about 2\% of body weight It uses 25\% of the body’s oxygen and as much as 20\% of the blood’s sugar (about 400 calories per day) The brain is 70\% water

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brain power

Brain Power

Mind, Memory and Focus


Dr. Kimberly Balas

The adult brain weighs about 3 lbs - about 2% of body weight
  • It uses 25% of the body’s oxygen and as much as 20% of the blood’s sugar (about 400 calories per day)
  • The brain is 70% water
  • About 50% of the “dry” weight of the brain is fat - 35% of that is omega-3 fats
  • Contains billions of nerve cells - 98% of the nerve cells in the body
prefrontal cortex the boss supervisor
Prefrontal Cortex(the boss, supervisor)


  • Focus
  • Impulse Control
  • Organization
  • Judgment
  • Emotional control
  • Insight
  • Learning from mistakes


  • Easily distracted
  • Procrastination
  • Lack of empathy
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Short attention span
  • Trouble listening
  • Loses things
typical diagnosis
Typical Diagnosis


Brain Trauma


Types of depression


Antisocial behavior

help balancing
Help Balancing
  • Organized help or coaching
  • Activities to boost blood flow
  • Goal setting exercises
  • Neurofeedback
  • Stimulating or exciting activities
  • Higher protein diet
  • Develop sense of personal meaning

Regulates sexual arousal and muscle movement.

Dietary Preferences: Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, B3, B6, C, copper and iron

  • Tyrosine, an amino acid, is the precursor molecule
  • Associated with movement, attention, and learning
  • Plays roles in behavior, cognition, motivation, reward, sleep, mood, attention, sexuality and pleasure
  • Dopamine may also be involved in restless legs syndrome.
parkinson s disease
Parkinson’s Disease
  • Caused by the degeneration of neurons which serve to connect the brain's motor system
  • Characterized by tremors, rigidity of the limbs, poor balance, and difficulty in initiating movements
  • Stimulating the production of dopamine alleviates symptoms
  • Involves hallucinations, delusions, and the disruption of normal, logical thought processes
  • Drugs which block activity of dopamine-related neurons reduce symptoms
  • Possible cause is overactivity of dopamine neurons
  • Characterized by excessive production of dopamine
  • Results in a person feeling “super human” and feeling like they can do anything
substances that affect dopamine
Substances that Affect Dopamine
  • Inhibit
    • Anti-schizophrenic Drugs
  • Enhance
    • Phenylalanine
    • Tyrosine
    • Magnesium
    • Vitamin B6
    • Fava Beans and Ox-Eye Beans
    • Iodine

Eating red meat helps stabilize dopamine in O blood types

supplements for prefrontal cortex
Supplements for Prefrontal Cortex
  • Super Omega 3
  • Zambroza (antioxidant)
  • Ginkgo Slow Release
  • Gotu Kola
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Milk Thistle
  • Mineral Chi Tonic
  • Focus Attention
  • Chlorophyll
slow release ginkgo
Slow Release Ginkgo
  • Improves cerebral blood flow and oxygenation
  • Enhances brain function (helps absent-mindedness, confusion, lack of concentration and memory loss)
  • Improves brain alpha-wave activity
  • Stabilizes Alzheimer’s and dementia patients for 6-8 months
gotu kola
Gotu Kola
  • Memory and brain tonic
  • Used in India for longevity, enhancing memory and intelligence and counteracting aging
  • Enhances learning ability
  • Reduces fatigue and depression
  • Also promotes healing of skin conditions
anterior cingulate gyrus the gear shifter
Anterior Cingulate Gyrus(the gear shifter)


  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Being able to go from idea to idea
  • Seeing options
  • Going with the flow


  • Stuck on negative thoughts & behaviors
  • Worries
  • Holds grudges
  • Obsessive/compulsive
  • Oppositional/argumentative
  • Intense dislike for change
typical diagnosis1
Typical Diagnosis


Eating Disorders

Chronic Pain

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Tourette’s Syndrome



help balancing1
Help Balancing
  • Intense Aerobic Exercise
  • Relationship counseling
  • Anger Management
  • Lower protein and higher complex carb diet
  • Regulates sleep, pain, depression, mood and appetite.
  • Dietary Preferences: Tryptophan, B3 and B6
  • Role in regulating of mood
  • Regulates appetite
  • Controls of sleep and arousal
  • Helps control pain
  • Created from the amino acid tryptophan which is converted to 5-HTP
supplements for anterior cingulate gyrus
Supplements for Anterior Cingulate Gyrus
  • HTP Power
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Super Omega 3
  • Zambroza
  • Mineral Chi Tonic
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • AD-C
  • Ginkgo Slow Release
  • Vitamin B12
  • Probiotics
  • Carbohydrate meals
htp power
HTP Power
  • Enhances serotonin levels
  • May be helpful for
    • Improving sleep
    • Lifting mood
    • Reducing carbohydrate cravings


  • 5-Hydroxytryptophan
  • Eleuthero root
  • Ashwaganda
  • Suma
  • Vitamin B6
  • Zinc
deep limbic system mood bonding
Deep Limbic System(mood & bonding)


  • Mood control
  • Flight or fight response
  • Motivation
  • Sets emotional tone
  • Appetite/sleep cycles
  • Sense of smell
  • Libido


  • Depression/sadness
  • Focused on negative
  • Irritability
  • Low energy/motivation
  • Blame, guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Isolation
typical diagnosis2
Typical Diagnosis


Pain syndromes

Cyclic mood disorders

help balancing2
Help Balancing
  • Biofeedback
  • Intense aerobic exercise
  • Following the Zone diet
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapies to deal with automatic negative thoughts (ANTS)
supplements for deep limbic system
Supplements for Deep Limbic System

DL pheylalanine, SAMe, l-Tyrosine

  • Focus Attention
  • Ginkgo Slow Release
  • Gotu Kola
  • FCS II
  • Mineral Chi Tonic
  • Chlorophyll
  • Licorice
focus attention
Focus Attention
  • Designed to help with ADHD/ADD
  • Promotes greater mental focus
  • Calms overactive brain function
  • Anti-epileptic
  • Helps clear cloudy thinking and mental confusion
  • Ingredients:
  • Slippery elm
  • l-glutamine
  • DMAE
  • Lemon balm
  • Grape seed extract
  • Ginkgo
basal ganglia anxiety center
Basal Ganglia(anxiety center)


  • Integrates feeling, thoughts and movement
  • Sets the idle switch
  • Smooth movement
  • Modulates motivation
  • Mediates pleasure


  • Anxiety/panic
  • Hypervigilance
  • Tremors
  • Muscle tension
  • Conflict avoidance
  • Bites nails or picks skin
  • Fear of being judged by others
typical diagnosis3
Typical Diagnosis

Anxiety disorders


Movement disorders

Physical stress symptoms

(headaches, stomach aches)

help balancing3
Help Balancing
  • Body biofeedback
  • Cognitive therapy to offset bad thoughts
  • Hypnosis, meditation
  • Relaxation training
  • Relaxing music
  • Limit caffeine/alcohol
  • Promotes concentration and prevents anxiety.
  • Dietary Preferences: Glutamine, B6
  • Direct inhibitory affect on brain and nerves
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Promotes sleep
  • Aids muscle relaxation
  • Reduces seizure activity
  • Low levels found in epilepsy, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and tics

Some research suggests that epilepsy is caused by an abnormality in the biochemistry of GABA-secreting neurons

supplements for basal ganglia
Supplements for Basal Ganglia
  • Valerian Root
  • HVP
  • Eight Combination
  • Zambroza (antioxidant)
  • Magnesium Complex
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • A relaxing nervine
  • Quells nervousness and irritability, either through depression or stimulation of the central nervous system
  • Helps with insomnia
  • Calm nervous disorders
  • Corrects muscle spasms and tremors
  • Lowers high blood pressure
temporal lobes memory and mood stability
Temporal Lobes(memory and mood stability)


  • Understand/use language
  • Auditory learning
  • Retrieval of words
  • Long term memory
  • Reading
  • Rhythm, music
  • Visual learning


  • Memory issues
  • Auditory/visual processing problems
  • Mood instability
  • Headaches
  • Dark, hopeless thoughts
  • Aggression towards self and others
typical diagnosis4
Typical Diagnosis

Head injury




Temporal epilepsy

Serious depression with dark or suicidal thoughts

alzheimer s disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Caused by the degeneration of neurons that produce acetylcholine
  • High levels of aluminum have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients
  • Caused by oxidative damage to the brain
  • Difficult to treat once it has started because a large part of the brain is already destroyed, so prevention is best
help balancing4
Help Balancing
  • Biofeedback
  • Relationship counseling
  • Anger management
  • Music therapy Increased protein diet
  • Physical/Mental exercises
supplements for temporal lobes
Supplements for Temporal Lobes

Calming, nervines

  • Stress Formula
  • HVP
  • Eight Combination
  • AD-C
  • Magnesium Complex
  • Ginkgo Slow Release
  • Super Omega 3
Control oxidative stress (free radical damage) and chronic inflammation
  • Maintain healthy circulation to the brain
  • Keep blood sugar regulated
  • Avoid environmental toxins that damage the brain
  • Feed your brain both physically and mentally
control oxidative stress chronic inflammation
Control Oxidative Stress& Chronic Inflammation
  • Brain is 70% water
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger
    • Fuzzy short-term memory
    • Trouble with basic math
    • Difficulty focusing on a computer
    • Difficulty focusing on a printed page
    • Inflammatory Response
control oxidative stress chronic inflammation1
Control Oxidative Stress& Chronic Inflammation
  • Eat 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily
  • Supplements
    • Zambroza
    • Super ORAC (Super Trio)
    • Green Tea Extract
    • GreenZone Powder
    • Super Omega 3
    • IF-C
maintain healthy circulation to the brain
Maintain Healthy Circulation to the Brain
  • Deep breathing stimulates brain activity
  • Exercise dramatically increases blood flow to the brain (clears your head)
  • Use supplements to enhance the oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood, if necessary
  • Chocolate bar = about 25 mg
  • Soda = about 40 mg
  • Cup of coffee = about 175 mg

Scans of a brain after consumption of 400 mg of caffeine are the same as the brain scans of a fully diagnosed schizophrenic

maintain healthy circulation to the brain1
Maintain Healthy Circulation to the Brain
  • Stay physically active
    • Aerobic Exercise
    • Yoga
  • Supplements
    • MC
    • Ginkgo Slow Release
    • Gotu Kola
    • Cardio Assurance
    • Liquid Chlorophyll
keep blood sugar regulated
Keep Blood Sugar Regulated
  • Brain function relies on sugar for fuel
  • The brain takes up sugar without the need for insulin, so the amount of sugar reaching the brain depends on the level of sugar in the blood
  • The pancreas maintains a stable blood sugar level for stable brain function
  • Hypo and hyperglycemia upset brain function
symptoms of low blood sugar
Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar
  • Cold nose or limbs
  • Sudden shakiness
  • Mental confusion
  • Irritability
  • Bedwetting in children
  • Cravings for sugar
supplements for low blood sugar
Supplements for Low Blood Sugar
  • Licorice
  • Spirulina
  • Mineral Chi Tonic
  • HY-C
keep blood sugar regulated1
Keep Blood Sugar Regulated
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates
  • Supplements
    • Adrenal Support
    • Gluco Reg
    • HY-C
    • P-14
heavy metals and other toxins
Heavy Metals and Other Toxins
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Aluminum
  • Fat soluble solvents
heavy metals and other toxins1
Heavy Metals and Other Toxins


  • Insanity
  • Epilepsy
  • Paralysis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Brain Dysfunction

Reduction in IQ

Personality changes

Reduction in cognitive abilities

chemical solvents
Chemical Solvents
  • Used in dry cleaning, carpet cleaning and other products
  • Dissolve fat
  • In the body they cause deterioration of the myelin sheath
  • May be a factor in MS, autism and other neurological problems
avoid environmental toxins
Avoid Environmental Toxins
  • Don’t use aluminum cookware
  • Avoid anti-perspirants with aluminum zirconium
    • Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray
  • Avoid exposure to heavy metals and chemical solvents (household cleaning solutions)
    • Nature’s Fresh Enzyme Spray
    • Nature’s Concentrate
  • Don’t drink chlorinated and fluoridated water
  • Do a periodic cleanse
    • Heavy Metal Detox
    • Enviro-Detox
    • Tiao He Pack
intestinal inflammation and leaky gut syndrome
Intestinal Inflammation and Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Intestinal inflammation has been linked to:
    • Depression
    • ADHD
    • Schizophrenia
    • Supplements for intestinal health
    • Fiber (Psyllium hulls, LOCLO, etc)
    • St. John’s Wort (astringent for intestines)
    • Uña de Gato (Cat’s Claw) for inflammation & bacteria
    • Probiotics to replace friendly flora
    • Digestive Enzymes
feed your brain
Feed Your Brain

To function properly, the brain needs:

  • Oxygen
  • Water
  • Glucose (blood sugar)
  • Minerals
  • Fatty acids
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamins (especially B’s)
amino acid deficiencies
Amino Acid Deficiencies
  • Protein deficiency causes:
    • Low protein diets (carbohydrate junkies)
    • Lack of hydrochloric acid and protein digesting enzymes
    • Consumption of improperly cooked proteins
essential fatty acids
Essential Fatty Acids
  • Fatty acids are critical for brain function
  • Trans fats may interfere with nerve functions
  • Extremely low fat diets are not good for mental health
foods for improving brain function
Foods For Improving Brain Function
  • Whole grains
  • Wheat germ
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes, peas & beans
  • Free range, organic turkey
  • Wild Salmon
  • Kelp
  • Sardines
  • Lecithin
feed your brain1
Feed Your Brain
  • Eat a healthy diet (proteins and complex carbohydrates – eliminate refined foods)
    • Spirulina
    • SynerProtein
  • Eat good fats and adequate protein
  • Supplements
    • Super Omega-3
    • Super Oils
    • Super Trio
  • Stay mentally active (never stop learning)
    • Brain exercises
To think is to practice brain chemistry

-Deepak Chopra

The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around

-Thomas Edison