31 Jan TOP 5 Brain Hacks
#1 Bestselling Author and Functional Neurologist, Dr. Titus Chiu, reveals his TOP 5 Brain Hacks– the rituals and technologies that he uses to take his life and brain health to the next level
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To Your Total Health,
Dr. Titus Chiu
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[The following is the full transcript of this video blog. Please note that this video, like all of Dr. Chiu’s blog videos, features Dr. Chiu speaking extemporaneously–he is unscripted and unedited for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!]
Hey guys and welcome back to the Modern Brain.
My name is Dr. Titus Chiu. I’m a Functional Neurologist that specializes in Post-Concussion Syndrome. In addition to seeing patients, I have a really deep passion for teaching people how to take their brains and their lives to the next level by harnessing the power of neuroplasticity.
Today I’m going to be talking about my top five brain hacks– the practices and technologies that I use to take my brain to a whole new level of health. You’ve probably heard my story before but if not really briefly– I was in a really bad car accident close to two decades ago. And through that I suffered a really serious injury– I broke my ribs, dislocated my shoulder and I developed a concussion, and I actually had a concussion and for many years suffered from many different symptoms and didn’t even realize it was as a result of my head injury.
Fast forward though and through a lot of the different treatments that I used on my patients and a lot of the research that I did exploring the world of concussion, I was able to heal my own brain and so at that point it was a huge turning point in my life because I realized that not only did the principles of neuroplasticity and functional medicine and nutrition– all the different things that I use to heal my brain– not only could those things help heal a broken brain like the one I had as well as the patients that I work with. In addition, those principles and actions and practices also allowed me to take control my health and take it to a whole new level.
And so that’s why I’m so passionate about not only helping patients with post concussion syndrome, get their lives back. But in addition, helping people who are healthy and have healthy brains take their lives to a whole new level by harnessing the power of neuroplasticity.
So that’s what I’m going to be sharing with you guys today– the top five brain hacks that I use every single day to take control of my brain health so I can really live a life of meaning, purpose, and of my own design.
So all of this stuff that I’m going to be sharing with you today– they’re both high tech as well as low tech strategies that you can use. So, some of them, you might need fancy equipment, but I’ll share with you in the blog post below, links to how to access them.
But some of the other things that I’ll be talking about, some of the key points here are more low tech that anyone could implement. You can use these strategies anywhere to really enhance your brain health and in doing so, if you’re an artist and want to feel and get more in tune with your creativity, these strategies can help you. And if you’re an author and have a roadblock in your creativity, in your writing– these strategies can also help. And if you’re just an everyday person like you and me who trouble with focus and concentration these brain hacks can also help.
And so before we go deep into it, they’re all based on a miracle that we call neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to change its shape, and when you change its shape you change the structure. When you change the structure of your brain you change its function. And when you change the function of your brain you change your experience of yourself and of the world around you.
And so all of these different strategies I curated of the course of many years not only healing my brain but also then being really clear as to the type of life that I wanted to live and how I wanted to contribute and show up in the world. So I hope that the next five tips that I’m going to be sharing with you, you will find value as well and take it and run with it and create the life of your design and the life of your dreams.
So without any further ado, let’s begin by the top five brain hacks by talking about brain hack number one.
Dr. Chiu’s Top 5 Brain Hacks
Brain Hack #1: VISUALIZE
And what I mean by that is our brains have the ability, like I mentioned before, to change their structures and when you change the structure you literally change your experiences of the world in you and around you. And so one powerful way, you can actually trigger what we call neuroplasticity is through your own thoughts, as well as visualizing. So I do this every morning, a visualization practice, and I’ll talk about different ways of doing this but a really powerful way of really creating a life of your design and taking your brain health and your life to a whole new level is through visualization.
Research has actually shown that when you visualize something even if you’re not doing it or you’re not in the situation, when you visualize it– the same neurochemicals that are actually being released as if you’re actually in that place or in that situation gets released. And so the more you visualize the better you become at it, and you start to create an internal reality. And in doing so, you begin to attract the things that help you create a life of your design.
And so a great way to practice– there’s many ways of practicing visualization, but the three main ones that I found really helpful in my life are number one: by creating a vision board. And for those of you who have never done that before– this is really great for people who are more visually inclined and perceive the world and really get the world, through images. So what you can do the way I did it.
You can even do this online where you pull pictures from the internet, have some type of future reality that you really want to live into– you take pictures from the internet and you can create a virtual vision board.
I’m a very kinesthetic person and I love just getting my hands on things and feeling them and so I created a vision board using magazines. And so I cut out pictures of an image of things that I want in my life like a tropical beach and then I put that in my vision board. So that’s one way of doing it– to create visualization and that’s one of the top brain hacks that I recommend for you.
Another way of visualizing and creating a life of your design is actually through a 400 word vision declaration and this is great for those of you out there who are a bit more brainy who also want to think about it and feel it more mentally, internally, rather than just visualizing.
And so what I did, beginning of last year, I actually wrote out a 400 word vision declaration of how I wanted my life to be where I was, where I was at, what I was doing, the feelings I was feeling, the people that I was surrounded by, now is really clear and specific. And so when I took the vision board using the the first recommendation, and then I wrote out the 400 word vision declaration, then it became really crystal clear as to what I wanted to visualize and create for my future.
And the third way of doing this is another practice that I do more on a daily basis. The first two I do maybe once a year or once every two to three years is kind of like a bigger visioning process, whereas the third recommendation is journaling. Journaling is great because I do it every single day where I write out and visualize my day. I anticipate any struggles or challenges and things that I can do to really be my highest self in those situations. I also visualize and I imagine the feelings that I want to feel and so those are three great ways to visualize and visualization is my number one brain hack.
Brain Hack #2: BURST
The second brain hack that I recommend for you guys and that I do myself is burst. And what I mean by burst is what we high-intensitynsity interval training. And that’s where we exercise and we do so in this burst fashion, rather than just continuous exercise. For example, if you’re going to go for a walk, rather than just walking at the same pace for 10 to 20 minutes, rather than that during the process you actually burst and you have these bursts of exercise, where you might then sprint for 30 seconds and then walk for another 30 seconds and then sprint again.
And so if you’re not able to get outdoors all the time, or if you don’t live near a Regional Park like I do, one great way of doing that is by using a seven minute workout app. And so I do that every single morning– I just press play on the days that I know I can’t get out for a hike or for a long walk outdoors and this is great for those of you who might be in the winter right now and it’s cold out and you can’t you don’t want to leave your house, you don’t want to go outside and you don’t have access to a gym.
This is wonderful because you can do it in the comfort of your own home. And so if you check out this link you’ll find the seven minute workout app that I use that can be great because it utilizes body weight and you don’t need any fancy equipment. You don’t need a fancy gym membership. You can literally do it in the comfort of your own home. And so that’s the second brain hack I recommend.
Brain Hack #3: OPTIMIZE
The third brain hack is to OPTIMIZE. And what I mean by optimize is optimizing your neurochemistry. So you’ve probably heard me talk about the three pillars of brain health and one of the key pillars is the chemical brain, meaning the environment. Like the neurochemical milieu that your brain structures, your brain cells sit in. And so the third and top five brain hack that I recommend is optimizing your neurochemistry and you can do that through two great ways.
Number one is through the ketogenic diet. I’ve talked about this before and in a nutshell, what you do is you train your brain to use fat for fuel instead of sugar. Most of us as we go through life and before I learned how to take care of my own brain and take my health to the next level, I relied heavily on sugar to fuel my brain. And what ended up happening is that I go on these blood sugar roller coasters where I might have a lot of energy early on in the day and then I might have a breakfast that consisted of juice or a bagel or some high carb food and I get a burst of energy but then I would crash.
And so I learned that doing the ketogenic diet was the best way to eat and fuel my brain because instead of relying on high carbs I actually relied on healthy fats, such as coconut oil and avocados and olive oil and moderate amounts of protein so like some chicken thigh.
So for vegans out there, you might want to look at legumes and beans as a good source of protein. And finally eating really low carb. When I did the ketogenic diet strict for three months I kept my carb intake down to 15 grams and so to optimize your neurochemistry, the ketogenic diet can be a wonderful way of doing that.
The second thing I did to optimize my neurochemistry was to personalize my brain-boosting supplement protocol. There are foundational supplements that are really great for brain health and I talked about that in a previous video, you can find that on my Facebook channel but in addition to that, what really took my brain health to the next level, not only in terms of just healing from a concussion– but then, leveling up my brain as well as my life– was personalized nutrients. And I was able to do that through very specific and advanced functional medicine lab testing. For those of you who are interested– there are many practitioners out there who practice functional medicine and I highly recommend reaching out to them. In addition, I do online consultations as well. So feel free to apply to become a client and if it’s a good fit– we’ll make it happen.
So that’s the third of the top five brain hacks– optimizing your neurochemistry through a ketogenic diet as well as personalized nutrient protocol.
Brain Hack #4: ELECTRIFY
The fourth brain hack of my top five brain hacks is to electrify. This is one of my favorites because I am a total nerd when it comes to brain health, when it comes to utilizing new technologies to improve our lives. I’m a firm believer in that. What I mean by electrify is I’m referring to the use of what we call electroceuticals. It’s the use of gentle electronic stimulation such as cranial nerve stimulators, like trigeminal nerve stimulators, vagus nerve stimulators– where we use these really gentle electrical impulses, that you can target very specific regions of your nervous system by wearing headphones that have a very specific tone.
And for me, I can even have the tone go in my left ear versus my right to help balance out and strengthen any weak areas of my nervous system to help supercharge my brain. I already mentioned bone-conducting headphones that you can wear and you link it with specific apps.
In addition, there are other types of electroceuticals out there to activate your vagus nerve– to help shift your brain from a fight-or-flight response– being on Red Alert all the time– to a rest-and-digest– what we call the parasympathetic response, where you can actually unwind and you can finally exhale. And so that’s the fourth of my top five brain hacks– electroceuticals.
Brain Hack #5: PHOTOBIOMODULATE
And finally we get to number five– photobiomodulate. This is one of the higher technology brain hacks that I use to take my brain to the next level. And what I’m referring to is photobiomodulation– and that’s using this phenomenon– using light as a source of energy for our brains. In my practice we have what we call low level laser, it works at a very specific cellular level within our nervous systems. Within our brain cells we have what are known as mitochondria and the mitochondria are the battery packs for our cells.
Photo-biomodulation devices like low level laser activates your mitochondria so your mitochondria then produce more ATP, which is a form of energy. The short of it– when we use these photo-biomodulation devices like a laser, it gives your brain more energy, not only to help heal. But also, again, to help give you more focus and concentration and if we target other areas related to creativity, which we call the default mode network, we can help create and trigger more insight and different things of that nature.
But the great thing is there are actually some really safe at-home sets that you can purchase as well. I have a link to different at-home devices. There’s a really cool one where you put a clip and it’s an intranasal diode where these safe and gentle photons can travel up and cross the blood brain barrier, enhancing oxygenation and helping decrease inflammation and activating your mitochondria for energy.
Photo-biomodulation is such a wonderful way of using safe technologies to take your brain health to the next level. And there you have it!
Dr. Chiu’s Top 5 Brain Hacks:
BRAIN HACK #1: Visualize
A very low tech brain hack that you can do with a Vision Board, through a 400-word Vision Declaration, or by daily journaling.
BRAIN HACK #2: Burst
Burst your energy and brain-boosting chemicals through high-intensity interval training.
Here’s a link to the seven-minute workout app that I use and recommend.
BRAIN HACK #3: Optimize
Optimize your neurochemistry with a ketogenic diet and a personalized brain-boosting supplement protocol.
Get a free download of my BrainSAVE! KetoSHAKE recipe above.
BRAIN HACK #4: Electrify
Using electroceuticals to specifically activate key regions or your nervous system to take your life to the next level.
BRAIN HACK #5: Photobiomodulate
Using advanced technologies such as low-level lasers and at-home infrared light headsets and intranasal diodes to give your brain the boost it needs to not only get you through the day but also help you live the life of your dreams.
And again, you can download the quick KetoSHAKE recipe above, to optimize your neurochemistry. And in addition, there’s also some links to the different types of technologies that I use to take my brain health to the next level.
And there you have it! My Top Five Brain Hacks. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to help you live the life of your dreams by learning how to take charge of your brain health.
Bye for now.