Love, love, loved having Sabrina on has our Guest on this week’s #irishweddingchat. She was so generous sharing her knowledge on how to keep our Brian Fit and Well.
But before we continue, let’s introduce Sabrina Cadini a Holistic Life Coach with a speciality in brain wellness, and creator of the Life-Work Balance Program for busy professionals. She blends well-being principles with neuroscience, positive psychology, biohacking, and mindfulness techniques to implement effective behaviour changes.
I could talk to Sabrina for hours! We connected on Twitter a few years back and for some reason, I just knew we would a lot in common. And, it turns out we do! Lots!
Did you miss the chat? Well, no worries – let’s dive straight into our re-cap.
Q 1: How does Life-Work Balance relate to our amazing brain?
Body and brain are tightly connected – they should be considered a system, not two separate entities. Our lifestyle choices have a huge influence on our brain’s performance and wellness.
Mindset, focus, clarity, positivity, and flow facilitate our overall success: physical, mental, professional, financial. A well-functioning brain creates more opportunities for success in each aspect of life.
It’s very important that we optimize our bodies AND our brains before anything else so that we can achieve balance and get anything we desire in life and in business
Q.2: How does stress play a role in brain wellness?
Stress is not bad – a natural response to protect us from threats – but how we react to it can harm us. Cortisol and adrenaline get released during a stress response. Once the threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal.
When it becomes chronic, overexposure to cortisol weakens the immune system, kills brain cells in the hippocampus (reducing memory function), and stops the formation of new neurons.
Overexposure causes a continuous inflammatory response in our brain. As a result, chemicals and other toxins can enter the brain (through a weakened blood-brain barrier) and alter its delicate structure.
Chronic stress can also reduce the production of serotonin and dopamine, two very important chemical messengers. This can lead to anxiety, depression, addictions, and other mental illnesses.
Learn how to recognise the early warnings of stress before it’s too late
Q 3: What are the best foods and fluids to nourish our brain?
Whole, nutrient-dense, organic foods rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. Stay away from refined sugar as it’s a neurotoxin. Read labels carefully since different types of sugar are hidden in many store-bought foods and drinks
Colourful vegetables & fruits (eat the rainbow), protein (grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs), healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, avocados), complex carbs (non-glutinous grains, sweet potatoes, beans), herbs & spices
80-85% of the mass of the brain is comprised of water, so proper hydration is necessary. When our body loses just 1-2% of its water content, this is equivalent to a 5% decrease in cognition.
Water is best as it has multiple benefits for your overall health besides hydration: it supports electrical activity of the brain, removes metabolic waste, helps transfer oxygen and nutrients, and more
Green tea is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory beverage thanks to its polyphenols, and juicing can be an excellent way to help detoxify and support oxygenation.
Q 4: What are the best ways to optimize our brain & slow down cognitive decline?
Nutrition – The right foods give you fuel and energy, lower inflammation caused by toxins, and also provide the right information to your genes for vibrant health.
Sleep – Maintaining a constant sleep pattern helps you regulate hormone production, consolidate memory, and repair/grow new cells.
Movement – Stay physically active during the day to boost your immune system and detoxify your body. #IrishWeddingChat #LifeWorkBalance
Self-Care – Not a luxury. It’s necessary to rest and recharge to increase focus & positivity, boost creativity & productivity, and motivation.
Get my free guide on “How To Achieve Life-Work Balance” as a “thank-you” for being here on the chat with us today: https://sabcad.link/twtgift
After our Twitter Hour, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sabrina and getting to know more about the person behind the business.
Sabrina was a fantastic guest! It was an honour for us to have her along.
Finally as always if you would like to be a guest on our Twitter hour or would like to show off your wonderful gifts, services, products or venues as a featured business. Get in contact with me and let’s have a chat.