Technology is both a blessing and a curse.
On one hand, it goes a long way toward making our lives easier. Computers, cell phones, GPS, social media… These have all become staples of day-to-day life in the modern age.
But on the other hand, technology can cause a LOT of problems for us. It makes us more distracted [more on how to manage distractions HERE]. It limits our face-to-face interaction with one another. It even prevents us from getting good sleep [more on why that is true HERE].
It’s important to be aware of modern technology’s effect on our health and well-being. In fact, I urge everybody reading this to take some time to evaluate how your devices might be impairing you.
After that, explore the tech that can actually change your life for the better and optimize your health.
We truly live in an exciting time. Emerging technologies are constantly uncovering new discoveries about our bodies and minds that we couldn’t even imagine just a few years ago. And as an amateur biohacker, I’m endlessly curious about the latest tools that can enhance health and performance.
I reached out to a neuroscientist and biotech expert Dr. Ashley Stewart to deepen my understanding of new neuro biotech discoveries. I’m confident that her insights will blow your mind. Pun intended!
Here it goes…
Your Mind Is the Key to Health
When it comes to good health, few people factor anything “above the neck” into the equation. Our brain has a powerful impact on our physical health. Meaning: we must consider our brain and take care of it.
But how do you take care of your mind? Ashley explains that brain health is a combination of body and mind. And body and mind are much more intimately connected than you might think…
On the “body” – or physical – side of the brain, it requires nutrition. Vitamins and minerals fuel the brain just as they fuel the body. Balanced hormones significantly impact the brain. And just as exercise is necessary for the rest of your body, brain exercise is absolutely necessary in order to manage the stress and distractibility that comes with living in these digital times. And, since our brain is the central command center, we need optimal brain health for optimal physical health and feelings of wellbeing.
On the “mind” – or psychological – side of the brain, this is where things get a little esoteric. But from a neuroscience perspective, we’re starting to learn so much more about how the mind works. The latest science reveals that we have more control over our mind than was ever considered. Historically, it was believed that the brain becomes fixed after reaching adulthood. Now, it’s known that the brain has a neuroplasticity – meaning it can rewire! And scientists are constantly learning more about our various brain states and how we can influence them.
This is especially good news for those who may suffer from anxiety, depression, or any other ailments that are typically thrown into the “psychological” realm.
When we can use our mind to control our (healthy) brain, life becomes far better. We can manage our stress, navigate any negative feelings, and even tap into new awarenesses and sensations of peace, love and, happiness.
And the cool thing is… new technology allows us to now look into our mind to actually see what’s going on so that we can make real change.
Technology Is the Key to Your Mind
We generally have a good sense for when something in our mind isn’t quite right. But because society sharply divides mind and body, our “psychology” can be easily misdiagnosed. Troubles with our internal thoughts may not benefit from traditional prescription medication, but they certainly have symptoms. So how should we deal with them?
We must take steps to create a healthier brain. If we rely on medication as a crutch to get us through the day – or if we don’t feel motivated and inspired – we may need to “diagnose” the source of problem ourselves.
Neuro-wellness products give us the tools to do this. And they can tell us more about ourselves than any doctor ever could.
Meditation apps allow us to take control of our thoughts and truly feel the connection between mind and body. Cognitive health resources are showing measurable evidence of actually preventing degenerative issues in the brain. There are stress reduction tools to calm you down, sleep improvement applications that track your sleep cycles, heart variability training that gives you real biofeedback… the list goes on and on.
To put it frankly, this is a big deal. By design, these technologies are extraordinarily catered to the individual. If you go to a doctor, they will use information based on what works for the masses, and diagnoses are not necessarily tailored to the patient. On the other hand, these discoveries represent a new wave of “digital medicine.” Tailored medicine that tells you exactly what’s going on with your physiology. Ashley offers up some fantastic recommendations during our interview.
Personally, my favorite neuro-wellness product is Muse. If you can believe it, it’s an affordable headband that actually senses the signals in your brain – and then it synchronizes with an app on your phone where you can track your results, gain an insight into your own mind, and understand how to improve.
If you’re curious about this groundbreaking tech, click the link below, and I’ll send you a recording of my exclusive interview with the Muse team!
For my full interview with Dr. Ashley Stewart, click here.