Exercise and Nutrition for Brain Recovery

I spend a lot of time writing about how much exercise and nutrition have helped me to recover from my brain injury. I’ve become a bit of a broken record, I know! Sorry! But I can’t emphasise enough how important these both were/are in my recovery.

So when I was walking to work this morning listening to The Food Medic Podcast Exercise is Medicine: Mental health and physical activity, I was so happy! All I could think was “YES! YES!! YES!!!”

This is the first of The Food Medic podcasts that I have listened to and wow what a great one for me to start with!

Exercise is Medicine: Mental Health and Physical Activity

In this episode Dr. Hazel Wallace, founder of The Food Medic, chats to Brendon Stubbs, a research physiotherapist specialising in physical activity and mental health. They discuss how exercise can treat and prevent many physical and mental health symptoms and how food affects our mood.

I felt like I was living and breathing every word they were saying. I adopted a very ‘non-traditional’ way of recovering after my accident, using exercise and food as two of my primary tools for recovery. So every word made me smile bigger and brighter. I’m not the only one using this method and there is science out there now to back it all up!

It’s not specific to brain injuries but there is so much that can be taken from this episode and applied to your brain injury recovery.

You’ll be surprised (and relieved I’m sure!) to hear that as little as one hour of exercise a week can have HUGE benefits. Whilst just 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week can help to improve both your physical and mental health. That’s anything from a brisk walk home to a yoga class or a spin class!

Who is The Food Medic?

For those of you who haven’t heard of The Food Medic. It was founded by Dr.Hazel Wallace who is a qualified medical doctor, best-selling author, content creator, and health influencer. She is taking medicine to the next level, using exercise and nutrition as ways to prevent and manage numerous diseases.

I’ve been a huge fan of The Food Medic for years – in fact she was one of the first fitness/foodie accounts that I started to follow on Instagram after my accident, and I have learned so much from her over the years.

I truly believe food and exercise played a huge role in my recovery, thus why I am always writing about them! So to hear that there are studies backing this all up now is just incredible. Please everybody give it a listen!

Exercise for Brain Injuries

I’m not going to harp on about it again. You can check my Exercise post here, if you want to read more. But quite simply just get outdoors and walk, or run! Try yoga! Try various exercise classes until you find one you like and will stick with!

I find the benefits of exercise endless! It helps me to ease pain and anxiety, relieve stress and anger, and relaxes me.

How do I use Exercise to Aid My Brain Recovery?

Running outdoors helps me to let go of everything when I’m having a really bad day. I run away form the pain, fear and anxiety and I feel a huge sense of relief by the time I get home.

Whilst going to the gym and working through a full workout helps me to switch off and be present only on that one task: training. I forget about all of my stresses. I block out any noise with my headphones. And I use the time to switch off my brain. While my body is working up a sweat, my brain is recovering and getting some rest. It seems crazy but it really does work!

Nutrition for Brain Injuries

Keep your brain and body fuelled with nutrient dense foods. Eat your greens! Eat your oily fish! Cut out caffeine! Drink lots of water. Again, you can check out my full post on Brain Injury Nutrition here.

Eat well and you’ll feel the benefits of it, both physically and mentally.

Check out The Food Medic Podcast Exercise is Medicine: Mental health and physical activity, I promise you will benefit form it!