By Thomas DeLauer

We all aspire to be successful individuals right? So let’s get focused and make some moves. HYLETE Community Captain, Thomas DeLauer teaches you about how our cells communicate with the brain and then introduces 3 foods that will help keep you focused. 

Key terms:

Anthocyanins- stimulate neurogenesis and improve communication between brain cells when crossing the blood-brain barrier.

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)- a type of growth hormone which helps neurons grow. 

To learn more about beneficial foods head over and watch DeLauer’s video on the 3 benefits of pumpkin spice.

About the Author

From 280lbs to the Covers of Magazines... All by living a lifestyle that is honest and real. Thomas DeLauer brings the nutrition expertise along with a unique perspective on health and wellness that is everything HYLETE.

The following is a transcription of the above video:

Hey, HYLETE nation. It's Thomas DeLauer, your Community Captain. And I just wanted to share some cool stuff that I found recently. All right, when it comes down to success in anything in life, the focus is critical. Okay, whether you're in the gym, whether you're at the CrossFit box, whether you are at home, or whether you're at the office, the focus is just plain critical. So here are three simple things, three foods that you can start eating more of that are going to help increase your focus from a scientific standpoint, truly going to help you out.

First one is going to be a small number of blueberries. Literally like a quarter cup, that's all you need. Now, most of you know I promote a low-carb lifestyle. So you don't need much, but blueberries contain something known as anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is a very specific plant polyphenol that is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compound that is small enough to get through the blood-brain barrier. Usually, when we get anti-oxidants or anti-inflammatory compounds they're a tad too big to filter through that blood-brain barrier. But because anthocyanin is so small, it gets through that layer and then stimulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is quite literally a brain fertilizer. It grows new neurons, which means it actually can allow the adult brain to grow new brain cells, which is pretty hard to do. So a few blueberries go a long way.

Next one is going to be getting a high-Omega, predominantly DHA, food in your diet. Usually, it's something like algal oil or something like that is going to be the best case. If you can't just get algal oil, eat some sardines, it really does the same kind of thing. Docosahexaenoic acid increases the fluidity of the actual cell membrane. So it increases the flexibility, which means that the cells can communicate better because they're more flexible. It means that they can morph and actually get a little bit closer to each other. You've got a cell here and a cell here and their membranes are fluid, it means that they can move around a little bit more and get closer so they can communicate with each other. So Omega 3s, predominantly docosahexaenoic acid, are really going to help you out here.

The next one is going to be simple curcumin. Okay, I talk about curcumin as a supplement but you can actually use it as a food too. Sprinkle it on whatever food you're eating with a little bit of fat, so it gets absorbed a little bit better, and you are in a really good situation. Here's how it works, get ready for a little bit of science. It works on what is called the canonical Wnt catenin pathway. Basically what this process is, is a pathway for cells to regenerate. It stimulates neurogenesis. What that is, is literally the production and transformation of new brain cells again. Neurogenesis means creating new ones. Until now, most of us thought that if you didn't use it, you would lose it, meaning that brain cells that we had were only there until they were burned and they never come back. But neurogenesis proves that otherwise, and curcumin is the way to do that. So, it looks like we're having curry for breakfast.

As always, HYLETE nation, it's Thomas DeLauer, your Community Captain. And I will see you in the next restaurant. I mean, video.