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Your Brain: In a Relationship

Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 09:30 AM


Are you in a relationship rut? Are you and your significant other constantly fighting? Are you rehashing the same hurtful experiences over and over? Is your sex life kaput?
Have you ever stopped to think that maybe your brain, or your partner’s brain, is part of the problem?
Most people never consider the brain’s role in relationships. But your brain controls everything you think, feel, say, and do. It even controls how well you get along with other people.
If you’ve got relationship troubles, it’s time to focus on your brain. Here are my 10 Commandments for brain-healthy relationships.
1. Take care of your brain. When your brain works right, you work right; and when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your relationship.
2. Avoid things that hurt your brain. Circumstances such as brain injuries, obesity, and sleep apnea, and harmful substances such as tobacco smoke, too much alcohol, illegal drugs, and poor diet will lead to difficulties in your relationships.
3. Engage in regular brain-healthy habits. Activities such as physical exercise and mental exercise, along with great nutrition and adequate sleep, will keep you on solid footing with your partner.
4. Engage in regular sexual activity. It has been associated with a better mood and memory. Say yes more than no to physical affection.
5. Protect your blood flow. Your brain gets 25 percent of the blood flow in your body. To improve blood flow, eliminate anything that decreases circulation, such as smoking or too much caffeine, and treat illnesses that negatively affect blood flow, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.
6. Exercise with your partner. Dancing is a particularly good exercise for the brain. Of course, if you drink while you dance, it ruins the benefits.
7. Learn new things. Learning is essential to keeping the brain young. Take classes together and be lifelong learning partners.
8. Don’t let problems linger. If either of you has brain problems, such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, or a brain injury, get help. The sooner the better, because when left untreated, brain problems ruin relationships.
9. Support your partner’s brain health efforts. Your companion will be much nicer to you if he or she has a great brain.
10. Take supplements. The following supplements can fuel passion and increase your enjoyment of sexual activity.
• Fish oil helps with mood, allowing you to be happier, less irritable, and subsequently feel more sexual. The typical dosage of fish oil is 1 to 2 g daily, but I often recommend 2 to 4 g daily.
• If you tend to be anxious and worried, 5-HTP can help to boost serotonin and give you more emotional freedom and energy to put toward your sex life. The recommended dosage is 50 to 100 mg two or three times daily with or without food.
• If you tend to have low energy (the “not tonight, I’m too tired” syndrome) and feel negative, SAMe may help to boost your energy and mood. The recommended dosage is 200 to 400 mg two to four times a day.
• Ginkgo biloba boosts blood flow to all organs in the body. The typical adult dosage is 60 to 120 mg twice daily.
• Panax ginseng can increase energy, decrease stress, and improve endurance. The typical adult dosage is 200 mg a day of the standardized extract, containing 4 to 7 percent of ginsenosides.
• DHEA is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that is involved in the production of testosterone and estrogen. It may be beneficial for people with low testosterone, which is associated with low libido. The recommended dosage is 25 to 50 mg daily.




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