Focus Killers and Natural Focus Boosters

Focus Killers and Natural Focus Boosters

November 6, 2019 39 By Jose Scott


Josh: Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here, welcome
to Ancient Medicine Today. Hey, Jordan focus, we’re in fact teaching
on focus right now. Jordan: Oh, sorry, sorry. Josh: All right. So hey guys, in this video, we’re going to
teach you the top ways to focus. Now, if you need to improve your focus and
really this is great. These tips are going to be great for people
with ADHD and ADD. And really, if you’re one of those people
that have trouble multitasking, you’ve really trouble focusing on one thing at a time, we’ll
go through the best essential oils, vitamin, supplements, and foods that are going to help
you focus more effectively. Jordan: And best of all, we’re not going to
take long so you only have to focus for a short period of time because it seems people’s
attention spans have been . . . Josh: They’re short these days. Jordan: . . . greatly shortened because people
are on their smartphones, etc. Sorry about that, I didn’t know we were starting,
I wasn’t focused. Let’s get going. So these are focus killers, you mentioned
it, multitasking. I’m not even going to go where I could between
the two of us and multitasking. Josh: Yeah. Jordan: You’re ever on a phone call and you
know somebody’s checking their emails, not just because you hear the click but they repeat
themselves three times, I’ve become a master at not doing that. But either way, multitasking in many cases,
makes you a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. Josh: None. Jordan: So multitasking is a focus killer. Josh: ADHD, it can be really tough on focus. If you’re a person that tends to be . . . now,
not just ADD, ADHD, hyper active, and part of that can be related to diet, Jordan. Jordan: Absolutely. Josh: We now have too much sugar in the diet,
other things going on in life but we know that ADHD or being hyper active can cause
some issues as well. Jordan: This is a huge one, dehydration robs
the brain. You need hydration and you need fat to function. And let’s face it, people are out eating a
bunch of dried sugary stuff that actually sucks hydration out. You need to drink more. Drinking more helps you focus, and don’t just
drink anything, drink purified water, drink teas, we love teas. Bone broth is amazing, and diluted fresh juices
are really, really good. Josh: Yeah. One of the worst dehydrators is soda, all
the caffeine, all the sugar, robs your body. Low-fat diets actually can really rob your
body of focus. Remember, your brain is made up of some fat
and cholesterol. You’ve got to be getting good healthy fats
in your diet. So again, low-fat diets are going to be counterproductive
to actually helping you focus. Jordan: And excessive sitting or standing. Today, they’re now calling sitting the new
smoking. Josh: New smoking. Jordan: Okay. And if you sit and smoke that’s like double
whammy, right? Josh: Yeah, definitely. Jordan: Excessive sitting and standing. So you want to have a balance, like people
did in the past, you want to make sure to sit but then often stand or get up. And what I love about the Dr. Axe office,
any moment of any day people could be doing planks, they could be walking, they could
be doing . . . I do my push-ups periodically. Josh: Yeah. Jordan: In fact, I’m due for a set right now. Keeps me focused but excessive sitting or
standing can be a focus killer. Well, that’s the bad news, but what about
ways to boost your focus. Josh: Sure. Well, we know there’s some great things here
like adaptogenic herbs, like rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola, oftentimes is used by athletes to
improve stamina and performance but also focus. One of the biggest things Jordan, that can
cause lack of focus is when people are exhausted and tired. Jordan: Yes, yes. Josh: I mean, think about this, what’s your
hardest time to focus? Is it 3:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon, you just
had a big lunch and you hit that 2:00 coma at work, and you’re having trouble focusing,
getting things done and concentrating? Well, the good news is rhodiola is one of
those natural energy enhancers that can help your body focus and give you more stamina
and endurance. Jordan: Absolutely. One of the greatest ways to focus is using
essential oils. In fact, check this out. Josh: True. Jordan: This is called the focus blend. I just feel invigorated with certain oils. So what you’re going to do is you’re going
to use vetiver with a carrier oil, a carrier oil can be almond oil, could be olive oil,
could be avocado oil, etc. Don’t necessarily use coconut because it’s
thick. If you do, use a fractionated coconut. Include ylang-ylang, which is my favorite
oil mainly, because I like to say ylang-ylang. And I always wonder when you repeat two words
like mahi-mahi, ylang-ylang . . . Josh: Isn’t there a song? Jordan: No, I think it’s dulang-dulang. Josh: Okay, there we go. Jordan: So lavender, chamomile is another
one, but lavender for added calmness and focus, so you apply to your wrist and behind your
ears. What’s interesting about essential oils, there
are certain points in the body, meridians if you will, and if you apply oils and pressure
you’re going to get great results. The bottom of your feet are full of those
sort of meridians/nerve endings. So again, it’s vetiver in a carrier oil, ylang-ylang,
lavender. Use it on your wrists and behind your ears. That’s a great focus one, so think about this,
when I was younger I would always get the worst grades after lunch because I’d be so
tired from the high carb sugary lunch I ate. Man, if I had an essential oil it could have
awakened me just like that. There you go. Josh: And we won’t even get into school lunches
here but that’s a whole other topic. A few other essential oils I love, if you
need to sort of boost your energy level, peppermint oil is fantastic, sometimes cedarwood has
got benefits to vetiver there. Jordan: I like grapefruit. It just makes me feel alive. Josh: Yes, citrus oils are awesome too. So some of the foods you want to be doing,
fine-tuning your diet, you want to eat, consume a diet that’s very high in vegetables, high
in organic natural meat products, some things like berries. But you want to get a lot of greens in your
diet, very energizing foods on a regular basis. Rather than doing the sandwich for lunch,
doing a big salad with a little bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chicken breast, but
something like a big salad for lunch, that’s the way to go if you really want to support
your diet. Foods like bone broth are incredible, but
really a diet that’s high in plants, high in omega-3 fats, that’s going to be a great
diet to follow as well. Jordan: You know what else is good for those
of you who are thinking, “I don’t want to eat all those big salads,” chocolate and coffee,
organic is a great way to boost your brain. You know what’s really cool, I don’t drink
coffee necessarily, but those chocolate, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, a couple of
those you’ll be energized right away. And they’re full of nutrients. Herbs and spices, this is by far my favorite. So this morning, I had a steeped infusion,
some would call it a tea, where I cut organic ginger and turmeric, and I also had some medicinal
mushrooms, like reishi in there, man, it will wake you up. Herbs and spices help boost your brain. There are many, turmeric is really good, periwinkle
is good, it has vinpocetine. Bacopa is good. And one of my favorites, it’s a ginger, black
pepper, long pepper combo, in Ayurveda they call it “trikatu.” It boosts your metabolism, boosts bioavailability
of nutrients, and boosts your brain. Josh: Wow, awesome. Here we go. Key supplements can be so important in terms
of improving your overall focus. Jordan, some of my favorites include B vitamins. Jordan: Yeah. Josh: You know vitamin B12, vitamin B6, these
are really crucial for honing in your focus. Omega-3 fatty acids found in a wild caught
fish oil, fish roe, cod liver oil, so omega-3s are great as well. But I would say those B-complex vitamins,
the omegas. And then the other one for me would be probiotics
can be crucial, taking those as a supplement. And I’m going to throw one more in there,
bone broth protein or a protein collagen can be great as well. Jordan: Absolutely. Meditation and I am talking about clearing
your mind and focusing on something you want. Meditate on scriptures. Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean you go
like this and make noises. Meditation means that you focus, and you really
ponder what you are thinking about. And some people even say meditation simply
means quotations. Josh: Oh, I like that. Jordan: So sometimes quoting “I’m good enough,
I’m smart enough, and gosh darn, people like me.” Josh: People like me. Jordan: See, that’s considered meditation. This is a good one. Josh: Treadmill workstation. I, Jordan, for the longest time sat at my
desk. Well, a few years ago I got a standing desk,
and I’ll tell you I feel a lot better now that I use a standing desk. Now, a treadmill workstation can also be great,
keeping you, again, you’re just going to real slow but . . .
Jordan: Yeah, just don’t turn it on high because that [inaudible 00:08:15]. Josh: Hey, you could end up on your own YouTube
video. . .
Jordan: Exactly. Josh: . . . if you have that thing on too
high. But with treadmill workstations, they’re great,
they keep your energy up, you keep moving or at the very least, try a standing desk
or a stability ball or at least get up and move every little bit, it’s big for . . .
Jordan: I’m going to check treadmill workstation epic fails. Josh: Oh hey, we’re wrapping up here, so here
we go. All right, to close this off, focus. Here’s the thing that you need to be aware
of that are really going to affect focus. If you are trying to multitask all the time,
it really affects focus. If you’re being hyperactive due to maybe increased
sugar consumption, dehydration in your diet, low-fat diets, and excessive sitting. Jordan, what do you got for me here? Jordan: Okay. So low-fat diets, because your brain is made
of fat, low fat diets also tend to be low in B vitamins, interestingly enough. Josh. Oh, right. Jordan: Because a lot of low fat foods are
deficient in B vitamins. Excessive sitting and standing, those are
focus killers, but here’s how to fine-tune your focus. You talked about rhodiola, we both talked
about essential oils. In fact, using an oil that you have at your
desk to just inhale or a diffuser invigorates you. You can rub it on your wrist, rub it behind
your ears, oils are great. Foods, we talked about multicolored foods
that are good for the brain. And we talked about foods that are loaded
with good fats, particularly omega-3s. Wild salmon on a salad with some berries,
blueberries are the balm for the brain. Herbs and spices, turmeric, ginger, periwinkle,
etc. are all awesome. Josh: Oh, what else do we got here, key supplements,
here we go. Jordan: You got to focus. Josh: Key supplements here, meditation. And Jordan mentioned meditation, for me it’s
typically reading something potentially, something scriptural, meditating on that and think about
how you can apply that to your life or listening to your creator, connecting with him is great. And then treadmill workstations, another great
way to improve your focus. So guys, this has been Jordan Rubin, myself
Dr. Josh Axe. Don’t forget, make sure to subscribe here,
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