Like any other medical treatment or procedure, neurofeedback training can be positively impacted by good health. This is common knowledge at this point–a person in great health will react better than a person in poor health in nearly every medical situation.
While staying in great shape can be difficult for people due to, well, life, there are a few steps anyone can take to incrementally improve their health. The big two are exercise and diet.
Improving your diet can improve the effectiveness of your neurofeedback training in ways you might not think about.
A Good Diet Improves Performance
Good diets and performances go hand in hand. Not only being well-fed but being fed with foods that will improve and extend great performance. Good diets can improve performance in several major ways, including:
The food we eat provides the body with energy in the form of calories. A balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats can provide the energy needed for physical and mental performance.
Enhancing Brain Function
Certain nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B6 and B12, and folate, are important for brain function and can improve cognitive performance, including memory, attention, and decision-making.
Chronic inflammation in the body can contribute to a variety of health problems and can also impair physical and mental performance. A diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, can help reduce inflammation and improve performance.
Proper nutrition is essential for recovery after physical activity. Consuming the right nutrients, such as protein and carbohydrates, after exercise can help repair muscle tissue and replenish energy stores, leading to improved performance in subsequent workouts.
With these general performance-enhancing factors in mind, how do they help neurofeedback training?
How Diets Affect Neurofeedback Training
Let’s take a look at the major points from above and how they directly or indirectly affect individual performance during neurofeedback training.
Having more energy will improve your performance in just about every activity. Neurofeedback training is no different. Having great energy to devote to a neurofeedback training session can enhance your performance and the results of the training.
Enhancing Brain Function
Similar to having more energy, a good diet helps your brain function better. When it comes to neurofeedback training, the more brain energy the better. Going through neurofeedback training with peak brain function benefits both patients and doctors by helping with both training sessions and data gathered during the session.
Reducing inflammation may seem like more of a physical health benefit but it benefits mental health just as much. Too much inflammation can lead to pain and discomfort which distracts the brain and hurts performance. Reducing general inflammation over time due to a solid diet can eliminate difficult side effects caused by inflammation.
Recovery is important because you want to be near your best for every activity you take part in. Neurofeedback training is no different. Showing up to a neurofeedback training session later in the day can affect how the session goes if the person is tired. Allowing your body to recover more quickly (physically resting and recovering during a drive or ride) can be extremely beneficial to how effective a training session is.
Neurofeedback Training at NHA
Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication.
This easy, noninvasive training can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.Tags: EEG Biofeedback, health, Healthy Eating, neurofeedback, self improvement